No car chases. No fistfights. Not even an illicit affair. The makers of "Spotlight" stuck to the facts, believing the unvarnished story of Boston Globe reporters uncovering the sexual abuse of children within the Catholic Church would be compelling enough.
"In many ways, the film is a study of craft, and that craft is professional journalism," says Oscar-nominated director and co-writer Tom McCarthy. "We just took our inspiration from the actual reporting. We weren't trying to, um …"
"Sex it up," offers Oscar-nominated costar Mark Ruffalo, sitting beside his director in a booth before the bar opens at the Sunset Tower Hotel.