If I were in a fight in Boston and needed someone to have my back, there are several tough and resilient movie characters set in the city that I would want on my team. If we’re specifically looking for Boston-based movie characters to back us up in a fight, here are a few examples:
- James “Whitey” Bulger from “Black Mass” (2015): Played by Johnny Depp, Whitey Bulger is a notorious Boston-based gangster who rose to power in the 1970s and ’80s. In the movie, he is depicted as being extremely cunning and ruthless, with a talent for manipulating others to do his bidding. He is also a skilled fighter and is shown engaging in several violent confrontations throughout the film.
- Bobby O’Grady from “Mystic River” (2003): Played by Tim Robbins, Bobby O’Grady is a troubled Boston native who becomes involved in a tragic crime that changes the lives of several characters. While Bobby is not necessarily a fighter, he is shown to be resourceful and street-smart, with a deep understanding of the city’s criminal underworld. He also has a dark past that makes him a potentially dangerous ally in a fight.
- Dicky Eklund from “The Fighter” (2010): Played by Christian Bale, Dicky Eklund is a former boxer from Lowell, Massachusetts, who trains his younger brother to become a champion fighter. Although he is now past his prime and struggling with addiction, Dicky is still shown to have formidable fighting skills and a scrappy, never-say-die attitude. He is also fiercely loyal to his family and friends, making him a potentially valuable ally in a fight.
- J.D. from “The Town” (2010): Played by Jeremy Renner, J.D. is a skilled and ruthless bank robber who is part of a gang that operates in Charlestown, a neighborhood in Boston. In the movie, he engages in several intense shootouts and is shown to be highly proficient with firearms. He is also fiercely protective of his friends and family and would likely be a loyal and capable ally in a fight.
- Sean Maguire from “Good Will Hunting” (1997): Played by Robin Williams, Sean is a former boxer and current therapist who becomes a mentor to the movie’s protagonist, Will Hunting. Although he is no longer actively involved in fighting, he has a strong physical presence and is shown to be able to handle himself in a fight. More importantly, Sean is wise and compassionate and would likely be a calming influence in a tense situation.
While I wouldn’t necessarily condone violence, if I were in a fight and had to choose someone to have my back in Boston, these five characters would be at the top of my list.
If it were a legal stouch, I’d pick the crew from Boston Legal, more for the debriefing than anything 😉