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Michael Keaton honoured to tell Spotlight story

Michael Keaton is convinced his new film Spotlight has the ability to change people's lives.

Michael Keaton feels blessed to be an actor.

The 64-year-old star has been making movies since the '70s, starring in everything from the Oscar-winning Birdman to Tim Burton's Batman flicks, where he played the caped crusader.

His latest effort is Spotlight, the real life story of how journalists from The Boston Globe newspaper uncovered a paedophile ring among Catholic priests in the city. Michael is over the moon he's part of something that has such an important message.

"I'm blessed," he stated to Cover Media. "Maybe that's a bit much. But I get to do what I do for a living, that's one thing. And then you get to work with these kinds of people; the actors, everyone involved, these journalists that's another bonus. And it's a little odd to say, or a little off centre to say I'm blessed and grateful to be able to tell a story like this."

Spotlight boasts an A-list cast, with Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams and Liev Schreiber joining Michael in the impressive line-up.

The actors worked closely with the real Globe writers, and Michael was able to glean a lot from Walter 'Robby' Robinson, who he portrays in the film.

"Who wants to deal with this subject matter," he mused of the harrowing premise. "But you are… you're in a position to do what you do for a living, and somebody gives you a cheque (very small one), and say something about something that might, and to me I'm convinced this will, change people's lives. So it was a really great and satisfying experience."

Spotlight is in the running for six Oscars, including best film and best director for Tom McCarthy. Mark and Rachel both received nods in the best supporting actor categories too.

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