DARTMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — A university attended by one of the Boston Marathon bombers says it won’t allow filmmakers to shoot on campus scenes for an upcoming Mark Wahlberg movie about the deadly attack.
University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth Acting Chancellor Gerry Kavanaugh said Saturday filming scenes for “Patriots Day” there would be too disruptive. He says the university decided after talking with students and faculty members.
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“After discussing the situation with students, staff, faculty, and other university stakeholders, we have decided to decline the request of CBS Films to use UMass Dartmouth as a site for filming Patriots Day.
We have concluded that the production activities would be too disruptive to our campus community. We are hopeful that the movie does justice to the many courageous victims of the Boston Marathon tragedy and their families, as well as the public safety officers who demonstrated such selfless dedication to their duty.”
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was a UMass-Dartmouth sophomore when he and his brother carried out the 2013 attack. He returned to campus after they exploded two bombs at the marathon’s finish line, killing three people and injuring hundreds. His brother died after a shootout with police in Watertown, where residents also have declined to allow filming.
Producers have regularly said they’re willing to film elsewhere.
Tsarnaev was convicted and sentenced to death. He has apologized to the victims.
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