After going for laughs in Ted 2 and Daddy’s Home, the native Bostonian, 45, shows his serious side in Deepwater Horizon, in theaters Sept. 30, about the real-life 2010 oil rig explosion off the coast of Louisiana that killed 11 crewmen and created the worst oil spill in U.S. history.
Why was it important for you to make this movie?
All the images that I saw from the actual event had to do with the environmental disaster, which is horrible. But people lost their lives. I wanted to make sure that we honored those men and their loved ones. These guys do a very dangerous job. A lot of people aren’t aware of what they sacrifice to provide resources for us.
Next for you is Patriots Day (Jan. 13), about the Boston Marathon bombing. Do you play another real-life character?
I play a composite character because there were multiple police officers and other law enforcement agencies involved.
What role does faith play in your daily life?
It keeps me focused, patient, calm, happy and gives me joy. I start and end my day in prayer. It keeps me grateful, humble, hungry, committed to trying to do more and be more positive. It is the reason for everything good in my life.
Are you still planning to retire at 50?
I certainly want to slow down. I am working at a pretty fast and intense pace. The plan is to focus on the next five years and then figure out what I want to do and what makes the most sense for me and my family.