Mark Wahlberg says he wanted ‘Patriots Day’ to show people ‘what Boston Strong means’

The actor also talked about what happened when an actor couldn't do a Boston accent in the film.

Mark Wahlberg has talked at length about the immense pressure he felt to make sure Patriots Day, the film about the Boston Marathon bombings that he both produced and stars in, was “done right.”

As Wahlberg told Stephen Colbert on Tuesday’s episode of The Late Show, that included getting the Boston accent right.

In fact, according to Wahlberg, when one of the actor’s accents wasn’t up to snuff, the film’s producers relied on a little editing magic.

“In a movie like Ted, it’s fine, it’s a comedy, we can figure it out,” Wahlberg told Colbert. “A movie like this really relies on its authenticity and its accuracy, so we would say, ‘OK, you get one more try. And if not, we will dub you in [post-production].'”


Wahlberg also told Colbert that the decision to make Patriots Day was difficult, but once he found out that other films about the Marathon bombings were already in development, he felt compelled to throw his hat in the ring.

“I said, ‘You know what, I’m not going to let somebody else come into my town who’s not going to handle it with the respect and sensitivity it deserves,'” Wahlberg said.

He added that he had complete faith in Peter Berg after their work together on Lone Survivor and Deepwater Horizon, which led him to believe that if they made Patriots Day, they would do right by the city of Boston.

“I said, ‘You know what, I’m going to tell this story, and I’m going to get it right,’” Wahlberg said. “I’m going to make sure people know what Boston Strong means and make my community proud.”

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