LAS VEGAS (AP) — The director and stars of the new cop comedy "The Heat" say they hope their film will provide some comic relief to Bostonians in the wake of Monday's marathon bombings.
Director Paul Feig, and actresses Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy promoted "Heat" Thursday at CinemaCon, the annual convention of theater exhibitors. "The Heat" casts Bullock and McCarthy as an FBI agent and a Boston cop forced together to take on a violent drug lord.
"The movie is such a love letter to Boston," Feig ("Bridesmaids") said on the press line before presenting the film's trailer to a theater full of exhibitors. "It's not a movie where it's supposed to be New York but it's shot in Boston," he continued. "This takes place in Boston. We have Boston natives in the movie, like Jane Curtin and (comic-actor) Bill Burr and (New Kids on the Block member) Joey McIntyre — all these famous Bostonians are in it. And if this movie can help Boston laugh, than that would be great."
There is at least one major explosion and some "Lethal Weapon"-style action violence in the film — portions of which were filmed last year in and around Boston.
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