Affleck — who was raised in Cambridge, Greater Boston and has used his beloved hometown as a backdrop to several of his movies — took to Twitter after the heartbreaking attacks, writing: “Such a senseless and tragic day. My family and I send our love to our beloved and resilient Boston.”
Meanwhile, fellow proud Boston native Mark Wahlberg expressed his dismay at having to attend a screening of his latest movie, Pain & Gain in New York, on Monday night in wake of the tragedy.
Wahlberg told reporters: “I really didn’t even want to come tonight. I hadn’t really heard much – I spoke to my mom, and most of my family seems to be OK. It’s such a big event, there’s so many people there. It’s horrible man. It’s disgusting, man. I just – I’m very upset.”
New Kid On The Block singer Joey McIntyre — also a Boston native – had actually competed in the marathon and had posted a photo of himself right after he crossed the finish line, only minutes prior to the first bombing.
After the attacks, McIntyre — who was running for an Alzheimer’s charity — took to Twitter to express his shock, writing: “There was an explosion by the finish line about 5 minutes after I finished- I’m ok but I’m sure there are many hurt.
“I don’t know what to say. I feel for everybody involved with the Boston Marathon. My family is ok. I am ok. Gonna take a while to process.”