Lots of A-list actors are on board to play the parts of real Bostonians in Mark Wahlberg’s movie about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and their aftermath. Vincent Curatola is signed on to play Mayor Tom Menino, and Roxbury native Michael Beach will play Governor Deval Patrick. But one Bostonian won’t be portrayed by an actor.
David Ortiz, one of the Red Sox greats, will appear as himself in Patriots Day to recreate the real-life moment when he told Fenway Park on live TV, “This is our f—ing city,” on April 20, 2013, following the capture of convicted bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The speech was made famous online (see the video below), and even FCC chairman Julius Genachowski said he stood with Papi.
There’s no word yet in terms of when Patriots Day will film this scene, though The Hollywood Reporter does report that its filming will take place on a soundstage created at former South Weymouth Naval Air Station, SouthField, rather than at Fenway Park. Ortiz is in the middle of his final season with the Red Sox, playing up to six games a week, before he retires at the end of 2016.
Patriots Day is slated to hit theaters in Boston on December 21.