Photos Of The 'Patriots Day' Actors Vs. The Real People They Play Are Telling
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The Boston Marathon bombing of 2013 killed three innocent people, injured over 250 more, and shocked a nation. Three years later, it's the subject of a new feature film from director Peter Berg and starring Mark Wahlberg. Patriots Day is based on various accounts of the Boston Marathon bombing, and features a cast of characters mostly based on real people; Wahlberg's Boston PD Sergeant Tommy Saunders is, perhaps, the most notable fictional character added for dramatic effect. And as photos of the Patriots Day actors vs. the real people show, the movie took effort to make it feel as realistic as possible.

Most actors in Patriots Day are playing real people who were involved in the Boston Marathon bombing and the investigation that followed. John Goodman and J.K. Simmons play two men on the side of the law enforcement while Themo Melikidze and Alex Wolff play bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, respectively. But, as we all know from previous experiences, based-on-true-story movie characters don't always look like their real life counterparts. And they don't necessarily have to. After all, there are more important things that whether or not Wolff and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have the same haircut. With that in mind, here are photos of the real Patriots Day characters vs. the actors playing them in the film.

J.K. Simmons As Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese

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Simmons plays Watertown Sgt. Jeff Pugliese in the film, and got to work closely with the man himself behind the scenes. Pugliese acted as a consultant on the film, and even allowed filmmakers to shoot in his home.

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BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 14: Watertown Police Sergeant Jeff Pugliese on the red carpet before the Special Boston screening of Patriots Day at Wang Theatre on December 14, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images for Lionsgate)

As you can tell from the photo of the real Pugliese above, they definitely got the mustache right.

John Goodman As Commissioner Ed Davis

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John Goodman plays former Police Commissioner Ed Davis, who met with Goodman prior to filming.

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BOSTON, MA - APRIL 15: Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, along with (L - R) U.S. Congressman Stephen Lynch, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Governor Deval Patrick, addresses the media regarding mulitple explosions during the 117th Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 at the Westin Hotel Copley in Boston, Massachusetts. Three people are confirmed dead and at least 141 injured after two explosions went off near the finish line to the marathon. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Speaking with the Boston Herald, the real Davis gave Patriots Day his blessing, saying, "I think people will learn a lot about the behind-the-scenes process that goes into an investigation like this."

Kevin Bacon As Special Agent Richard DesLauriers

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Bacon is taking on the role of FBI Special Agent Richard DesLauriers, the man who was in charge of the Boston Division of the FBI and oversaw the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombings.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 17: (L-R) Actor Kevin Bacon, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Boston Division Richard DesLauriers and Anne Graham attend the AFI Closing Night Screening of 'Patriots Day' at TCL Chinese Theatre on November 17, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for CBS Films)

Jimmy O. Yang As Dun Meng

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Silicon Valley's Jimmy O. Yang plays Dun Meng in Patriots Day, the man who was carjacked by Tamerlan Tsarnaev during the manhunt that followed the Boston Marathon Bombings.

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BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 14: Carjacking survivor Dun 'Danny' Meng on the red carpet before the Special Boston screening of Patriots Day at Wang Theatre on December 14, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images for Lionsgate)

Like DesLauriers and Davis, Meng also cooperated with the filmmakers behind Patriots Day.

Alex Wolff As Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

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Alex Wolff attends the AFI special closing night gala presentation of 'Patriots Day' at the Chinese theatre in Hollywood, on November 17, 2016.

Alex Wolff, formerly of The Naked Brothers Band fame, plays Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the younger Tsarnaev brother who admitted to planting the pressure-cooker bombs with his brother and was recently found guilty for his role in the bombing.

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UNKNOWN - APRIL 19: In this image released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on April 19, 2013, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19-years-old, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing is seen. After a car chase and shoot out with police one suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was shot and killed by police early morning April 19, and a manhunt is underway for his brother and second suspect, 19-year-old suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev. The two are suspects in the bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15, that killed three people and wounded at least 170. (Photo provided by FBI via Getty Images)

Themo Melikidze As Tamerlan Tsarnaev

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Themo Melikidze attends the AFI special closing night gala presentation of 'Patriots Day' at the Chinese theatre in Hollywood, on November 17, 2016.

Themo Melikidze, a relative newcomer, plays Tamerlan Tsarnaev in the film. The elder Tsarnaev brother died during the manhunt in 2013.

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SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MAY 4: Tamerlan Tsarnaev waits for a decision in the 201-pound division boxing match during the 2009 Golden Gloves National Tournament of Champions May 4, 2009 in Salt Lake City, Utah. After a car chase and shoot out with police, one suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was shot and killed by police early morning April 19, and a manhunt is underway for his brother and second suspect, 19-year-old Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev. The two men are suspects in the bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15, that killed three people and wounded at least 170. (Photo by Glenn DePriest/Getty Images)

Melissa Benoist As Katherine Russell

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Melissa Benoist (Supergirl) appears in Patriots Day as Katherine Russell, Tamerlan Tsarnaev's young wife, who was never charged in relation to her husband's crimes.

Russell was investigated and questioned by law enforcement following the bombing, but has only spoken through her lawyer to the press. It's clear she was not involved in the making of Patriots Day.

Overall, the cast and filmmakers of Patriots Day seems to have been dedicated to making their characters as true to the real people that inspired them as possible.