Amid the dramatic events that continue to unfold surrounding Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon, one thing has become abundantly clear: Boston is a city of heroes. Countless FBI agents, local law enforcement officers, and even ordinary civilians have put their lives on the line to help their fellow Bostonians. Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy got to know some of them while filming their new movie, The Heat, last summer, and the actresses -- and the rest of the cast and crew -- want to show their appreciation for the town with a special advance screening of the buddy cop comedy.
"That city is made up of amazing, strong, loyal, kind, giving people, and you saw that once everything happened," Bullock, 48, told Access Hollywood on Thursday, Apr. 18, just three days after explosions at the marathon killed three people and injured more than 170 others. "You saw the amount of people that rushed into the danger and just helped everyone. All tragedies -- it brings out the best in people, and you just see what a great, great, great place Boston is."
Director Paul Feig echoed Bullock's sentiment to CNN, noting that the city's agents and police gave him "so much help" during filming. "They are some of the finest people I've ever worked with," he said. "Boston is in good hands if they have to go through something like this. They are in the best hands possible."
Bullock -- who plays an FBI agent sent to work with McCarthy's Boston cop on an investigation -- said a screening was the least they could do. She and Feig hope the flick can offer a little levity amid all the tragedy. "It's been an amazing tight-knit community before this happened, and it just bonded a community even more. I don't think a screening would ever be enough, feel like it's enough to do for them," the Oscar winner told CNN.
"It's a remarkable place, an amazing city that's obviously going through a really tough situation," McCarthy, 42, added. "I have a sweet spot for it now."
Indeed, so does Feig. "The movie is such a love letter to Boston," he said, pointing out that some of the actors -- Jane Curtin, Bill Burr, and New Kids on the Block singer Joey McIntyre, to name a few -- are Boston natives. "A lot of our cast are Boston people, either born or raised. So we really would like to support that city. I love that city."
The Heat is set to open in the U.S. on June 28.