In the wake of last week’s series of tragedies in Boston — the twin bombings that killed three people at the Boston Marathon, and the subsequent manhunt that lead to the death of an MIT police officer — director Paul Feig has arranged for his upcoming summer comedy “The Heat” to screen for Boston police.
If the hilarious opposites-attract buddy cop comedy was already destined to be a hit, based on how The”The Heat” played at CinemaCon last week, its celebration of Boston cops will only make it even more timely.
Its yin and yang stars are Sandra Bullock as an ambitious control-freak FBI agent who reluctantly joins forces with scrappy bulldozer Melissa McCarthy as a foul-mouthed Boston cop. (It’s the antithesis of Michael Bay’s poorly-received dumb-male comedy “Pain & Gain.”) In Las Vegas, Bullock told CNN, “[Boston]’s been an amazing tightknit community before this happened, and it just bonded a community even more.”
“It’s a remarkable place, an amazing city that’s obviously going through a really tough situation,” McCarthy added. “I have a sweet spot for it now.”
Feig, who previously directed McCarthy’s female-driven summer smash “Bridesmaids” (2011), which garnered her an Oscar nomination, said he used real Boston locations and local residents for the film’s shoot. “The movie is such a love letter to Boston,” he told CNN. “I love that city.”
No word yet on when the screening for Boston police will take place, but “The Heat” is slated for wide theatrical release on June 28. (Trailer below.)