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Actor Mark Ruffalo at the premiere of the movie “Spotlight” in Brookline.
Actor Mark Ruffalo at the premiere of the movie “Spotlight” in Brookline.(Dina Rudick/Boston Globe)

“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.

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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.

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The actor talks about his role as Globe reporter Michael Rezendes in the film.
The actor talks about his role as Globe reporter Michael Rezendes in the film. Video by Alex Lancial and Emily Zendt, Globe Staff. Photo by Dina Rudick, Globe Staff.
Mark Ruffalo on the red carpet.
Mark Ruffalo on the red carpet. (The Boston Globe)
Boston Globe reporter Walter Robinson.
Boston Globe reporter Walter Robinson.(Dina Rudick/Boston Globe)
From left: John Henry, Red Sox and Boston Globe owner, with wife Linda Pizzuti Henry, managing director of the Globe.
From left: John Henry, Red Sox and Boston Globe owner, with wife Linda Pizzuti Henry, managing director of the Globe.(Dina Rudick/Boston Globe)
Marty Baron, former editor of The Boston Globe who now runs the newsroom at The Washington Post.
Marty Baron, former editor of The Boston Globe who now runs the newsroom at The Washington Post.(AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Boston Globe reporter Sacha Pfeiffer.
Boston Globe reporter Sacha Pfeiffer.(Dina Rudick/Boston Globe)
Director and cowriter Tom McCarthy (right) with his wife, Wendy Merry McCarthy.
Director and cowriter Tom McCarthy (right) with his wife, Wendy Merry McCarthy.(Dina Rudick/Boston Globe)
Director and cowriter of "Spotlight" Tom McCarthy (left) and actor Mark Ruffalo.
Director and cowriter of "Spotlight" Tom McCarthy (left) and actor Mark Ruffalo.(AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Walter Robinson (at right).
Walter Robinson (at right).(Dina Rudick/Boston Globe)

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