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Spotlight script: The moment the Boston Globe set its sights on the Church

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Kerry Hayes

In January 2002, a handful of Boston Globe investigative journalists known as the Spotlight team began publishing an exposé series about sex abuse in the Catholic Church. The film about those events takes audiences behind the headlines to examine how the newspaper — and the city — took so long to confront what was happening.

Director Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent), who wrote Spotlight with Josh Singer (The West Wing), gave EW a page from the script, in which the Globe’s new editor Marty Baron (Liev Schreiber) tries to convince deputy managing editor Ben Bradlee Jr. (John Slattery) and Spotlight team editor Walter “Robby” Robinson (Michael Keaton) to explore whether senior church officials not only knew about years of abuse allegedly committed by former priest John J. Geoghan but actively covered it up.

Here, McCarthy walks us through how his and Singer’s hours of research and interviews with the actual Globe journalists informed the story:

Spotlight hits theaters on Nov. 6.