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'Patriots Day' director Peter Berg has become the cinematic guardian of American heroics

'Patriots Day' director Peter Berg has become the cinematic guardian of American heroics

On the evening of July 14, director Peter Berg was in Nice, France, working on a documentary about pop star Rihanna when a mentally unstable, Tunisian-born man drove a cargo truck into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day, killing more than 80 people and injuring hundreds.

“We were right there,” the wiry, perpetually moving Berg recalled on a recent afternoon in his production offices in West Los Angeles, having come straight from his daily workout at a nearby boxing gym he owns. “The truck drove right past our hotel. We saw people running towards it, civilians running with police, people picking up people, instantly going into a version of the best of...

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