For an actor, playing a living person comes with the added responsibility of doing the person justice. Combine that with the sensitive subject matter of “Spotlight,” and you have the delicate tightrope walk that faced the cast of Tom McCarthy’s awards contender.
“I’m grateful that we’re sitting here and that you’re even halfway interested in talking to me, because that says that at least I’ve done something right,” Brian d’Arcy James said to Matt Carroll, the Boston Globe reporter he portrayed in the movie, in a joint interview for an upcoming issue of TheWrap Magazine.
“I think we all felt a really enormous sense of responsibility,” James said. “Not only representing you as a person, and how you walk and talk and how you do your job, but also the spirit of what you did.”
And according to Carroll, the movie, which tells the story of the Globe reporters who broke the story of sexual abuse within Boston’s Roman Catholic Church, has allowed victims to come forward and find help.
“We’ve heard from so many people who said that they had relatives or whomever start talking about this,” Carroll said. “They were abused and they were able to — or they will be able to, hopefully, get some help. And we think that this will lead to a second wave of people. Obviously the first wave was from the stories, but that was 12 years ago.”