Mark Ruffalo says this Spotlight moment really moved him

And why there’s a little bit of him in his portrayal of Spotlight reporter Michael Rezendes.

–Ryan Breslin /

Just when the dust settled in Boston after all of the commotion surrounding Black Mass, another major movie is here to cast its spotlight on our fair city (get it?).

Actor Mark Ruffalo walked the red carpet outside of Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline Wednesday night before a premiere screening of his latest movie, Spotlight, which follows the true-story of Boston Globe reporters uncovering the massive sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church.

The film — which also stars Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton, Liev Schreiber, Stanley Tucci, and John Slattery, among many — is a doozy for sure, one that’ll likely be memorable come award season in January. It has everything from the action-packed inner workings of investigative journalism to the high-stake emotions that come with exposing such heinous crimes.


And Ruffalo said on the red carpet that it wasn’t hard for him to key into those intense feelings while playing his character, Globe reporter Michael Rezendes.

“It really could have been me. I did go to a Catholic church. I have friends who were abused,’’ he said. “So you know, that was my truth as well as [Rezendes’s] truth. It’s a universal truth.’’

Specifically, there’s one fiery scene in the movie (you’ll definitely know it when you see it) in which Rezendes becomes incredibly heated and shouts at Keaton’s character, Spotlight editor Walter Robinson.

“It was emotional. It’s kind of like the breaking point for all of them,’’ Ruffalo said. “I mean, [priests are] raping girls and boys, and no one cares. No one is doing anything to stop it, right? I could get very moved about that. I have three kids myself. It’s one of those moments where it’s a little bit of you and the little bit of the guy you’re playing.’’

He added: “Getting to know Mike [Rezendes] as I really did, I really understood where he was when he got to that place.’’

As for the real Rezendes? He said on the carpet: “I feel like the luckiest guy on the planet because the greatest actor on the planet completely nailed [a portrayal of] me.’’


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