November 18, 2016 / 6:02 PM / 2 years ago

Boston Marathon bombing film 'Patriots Day' personal for Wahlberg

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The makers of the first Hollywood movie about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing say they felt enormous pressure to get the tone and the story right for all those who were killed and injured in the attack.

Actors Mark Wahlberg (L) and Kevin Bacon (R) pose at AFI Fest's special closing night gala presentation of the film "Patriots Day" in Los Angeles, California, U.S., November 17, 2016. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

“Patriots Day,” due in U.S. movie theaters on Dec. 21, made its world premiere in Los Angeles on Thursday night, and Mark Wahlberg, its Boston-born star and producer, said local expectations were high.

“I’m going to be accountable and they’re going to hold me to the highest standards and the expectations are beyond,” Wahlberg told Reuters on the red carpet.

Three people were killed and 264 were injured when two homemade bombs went off in the crowd near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013.

Cable television channel HBO is next week airing the documentary “Marathon,” which focuses largely on the struggles of the survivors.

The movie version focuses on the hunt for the bombers, who turned out to be brothers, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

“To make movies like ‘Patriots Day’, there’s definitely pressure. But that pressure for me is very inspiring and I want to get it right for the people, the members of law enforcement, the members of government, the citizens who were hurt, the citizens that had loved ones killed,” director Peter Berg said.

Asked if it was too soon to be making a Hollywood movie out of the tragedy, Wahlberg said people had to stand up against fear and hatred.

“It’s not soon enough,” he said. “These things are happening all over the world and they will continue to happen and the only way we can combat these things is with love and people coming together.”

“You can’t live in fear, you have to stand up and we have to fight together,” Wahlberg added.

Reporting by Reuters Television, editing by G Crosse

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