“Spotlight” stars Mark Ruffalo and Brian d’Arcy James, the film’s director and writer Tom McCarthy, and co-writer Josh Singer walked the red carpet under a tent before a screening of the film at the Coolidge Corner Theatre on Wednesday night. “It just feels right to be here,” McCarthy said, just before the start of the film, which follows The Boston Globe Spotlight team’s investigation of the Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal. Ruffalo, whose appearance was greeted with screams in Coolidge Corner, plays Globe reporter Mike Rezendes in the film, while James plays former Globe writer Matt Carroll, who’s now at the MIT Media Lab.
Other personalities in town for the screening included former Globe editor Marty Baron (played by Liev Schreiber in the film), who now runs the newsroom at The Washington Post, and former Spotlight editors and reporters Sacha Pfeiffer, Walter Robinson, and Ben Bradlee Jr., who are played by Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton, and John Slattery, respectively.
Bradlee said he was disappointed that Newton native Slattery couldn’t attend the local premiere, but said he had a good excuse — the actor is filming episodes of the HBO show “Veep.”
Ruffalo, who premiered the film with the group in New York on Tuesday night, said it was a different experience showing the filming here. He said the red carpet experience in Boston was quieter and more sober, even though “the people whose boats will be most rocked probably aren’t here tonight.”
The film is released in Boston on Nov. 6.
Mike Rezendes and Mark Ruffalo at “Spotlight” premiere in Brookline
Who's the real Mike Rezendes? Who's the real Mark Ruffalo? Spotlight premiere at Coolidge Theater pic.twitter.com/b1VVx6PAL1— Dina Rudick (@dinarudick) October 28, 2015
Boston Globe reporter Michael Rezendes during red carpet Boston premiere for Spotlight at Coolidge pic.twitter.com/LrAlbbH7Ea— Dina Rudick (@dinarudick) October 28, 2015
Spotlight writer Josh Singer during red carpet Boston Premiere at Coolidge Theater pic.twitter.com/kusr5xP1Dw— Dina Rudick (@dinarudick) October 28, 2015
Coolidge Corner getting ready for tonight's Movie Premier " Spotlight" Parking restrictions are in place. pic.twitter.com/Y1nYzR01p1— Brookline PD (@BrooklineMAPD) October 28, 2015
The movie premiered Tuesday in New York City: