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Sandra Bullock comes to town for ‘The Heat’ screening

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Oscar winner Sandra Bullock joined director Paul Feig Thursday at an invite-only early screening of “The Heat,” surprising an audience that included some of the first responders to the Boston Marathon bombings. Bullock, who costars in the made-in-Massachusetts film with Melissa McCarthy, said it was a pleasure to be in town. “I love coming back here,” said the actress, wearing a knee-length purple dress. “I love Boston in the summer.” (A few years ago, she shot “The Proposal” on the North Shore with Ryan Reynolds.) Joining Bullock and Feig were actresses Jessica Chaffin and Jamie Denbo, Boston natives who also appear in the film and, to the delight of the crowd, showed up at the screening in Bruins T-shirts. (The two starred in the Showtime series “Ronna & Beverly,” and Chaffin has joined the cast of “The McCarthys,” a CBS pilot about a sports-crazed Boston family.) “I want some sloppy seafood, comfort food, while I’m here,” Bullock told us. “I’m thrilled to be showing the film in Boston. What I love is who we’re showing it to — the first responders.” And for Chaffin and Denbo, “The Heat,” like their T-shirts, represents hometown pride. “To do what you love to do, and to do it in your hometown, felt like a dream for us,” said Chaffin. “I can speak for both of us when I say that the stuff that we find the funniest is Boston humor.”

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