Paul Feig has said he hopes his new film The Heat can provide some comic relief to Bostonians in the wake of the marathon bombings.
The director and actresses Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy promoted the cop comedy at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, where the filmmaker explained that the movie is "a love letter to Boston".
He went on: "It's not a movie where it's supposed to be New York but it's shot in Boston. 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, then that would be great."
Sandra said: "I think having been there, having had our entire crew around us all the time, who are all from Boston, you're just hoping. And when you see the aftermath, I try to look on the other side, which is, 'Look how amazing the people were. Look at those people that ran towards everyone without thinking twice about themselves'."
Sandra, Melissa and Paul each expressed hope there would be screenings of the film in Boston to assist the bombing victims, but they said no plans had been firmed up.
A spokeswoman for the film's distributor, 20th Century Fox, said: "We plan to screen the film in Boston timed to release. It's not pegged to a charity or recent events. Just a special screening in the town where it was shot."
The Heat is set to open in the US in June.