Mark Wahlberg has opened up about the pressure of making his new film based on the Boston Marathon bombing, Patriots Day, saying he feels an obligation to make a film that will honor those affected by the 2013 tragedy.
“I was committed to getting it right and making everyone proud,” Wahlberg told Inside Edition at the AFI Film Festival Thursday night.
“This is a tragedy that hit so close to home," he continued, noting the bombing occurred just a block away from where the Boston native and The Departed actor went to high school.
"It is such a small community; everyone knows someone directly affected by it. With that comes a lot of pressure because I am going to be held accountable," he said.
The film, which premiered at the AFI Film Festival in Los Angeles, also stars Kevin Bacon as Richard DesLauriers, Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Boston Division of the FBI.
“If you are not ready to see this that’s ok,” Bacon told Inside Edition. “I hope that we do you proud.”
DesLauriers oversaw the counterterrorism investigation of the bombings, playing a huge part in the search for those responsible.
“The character is a real guy,” he said. “I feel like a I have a responsibility to honor him and honor the work that he did.”
Patriots Day opens on December 23.