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‘Patriots Day’ films Tsarnaev capture scene in Framingham

Director Peter Berg and the crew of the Boston Marathon bombing movie “Patriots Day” were in Framingham Tuesday filming scenes related to the capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Police and SWAT team members were gathered on Harrison Avenue, near MetroWest Medical Center, and passersby could see a replica of the boat where Tsarnaev was discovered to be hiding after a shootout with Watertown police. Actor Alex Wolff, who plays Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the movie, was on set for the first time Tuesday. Berg opted not to shoot the capture scene — or the shootout that preceded it — in Watertown because some residents voiced objections. In an interview a few weeks ago, Berg said the movie does not concern itself with the Tsarnaevs’ motivations. “I consider the Tsarnaev brothers to be cowards, criminals, and murderers,” the director told us. “This movie isn’t going to focus on a reasonable interpretation of their behavior, other than it was barbaric, cowardly, and disturbing.” Interestingly, in the movie’s production office in a North Shore industrial park, portraits of many of the police officers, survivors, public officials, and first responders featured in the film are on one wall, while the photos of Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev are alone on another wall. “Patriots Day” stars Mark Wahlberg as a Boston police officer, and a cast that includes John Goodman, J.K. Simmons, and Michelle Monaghan.


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