Boston Celebrities Responding to Boston Bombing

Celebrities including Mark Wahlberg, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Tom Bergeron, Brooke Burke, Chris Evans, and Maria Menounos respond to the Boston bombing seven years ago. Now that the death sentence for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been lifted, many survivors are taken back to the “worst day of [their] life.” Movies like Patriots Day, Stronger, and series Inside the Hunt for the Boston Bombers bring more of an understanding to the terrible Boston bombing.

Aya Faham

AfterBuzz TV Host & Writer
Posted On: August 3rd, 2020 9:15 pm pst

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On Friday, July 31, Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s death sentence was lifted with the reasoning that the jury should not have been pulled from Massachusetts residents. This brought the worst day of the victim’s lives back to the surface.

The attack happened seven years ago. Many actors from the Boston area reacted.

Mark Wahlberg had the premiere for his film Pain & Gain the day of the Boston bombing. ExtraTV asked Wahlberg how he felt about what happened in Boston, “it’s horrible man…yeah, I-I don’t want to talk about it.” Afterwards, he went on Jimmy Kimmel Live, where he asks for prayers for the people of Boston and their families. “I just wanted to rush home today and hug my kids.”

In a statement made by Entertainment Weekly, Matt Damon said “my heart goes out to the people of the city of Boston. . .my thoughts and prayers are with the families who lost loved ones in such a senseless and heartless way.” He told us, “the world obviously needs to change” because “if we can’t protect our innocent women and children, then we have a serious problem.”

Ben Affleck wrote on Facebook saying “such a senseless and tragic day. . .my family and I send our love to our beloved and resilient Boston.” John Kraskinski tweeted, “my heart and my prayers are in Boston and with everyone affected by this nightmare of an incident.”

Mindy Kaling tweeted, “my heart aches for my hometown.”

Tom Bergeron, Dancing With The Stars host, opened the show alongside Brooke Burke saying, “thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Boston tonight.” Bergeron also tweeted “in contact with family members in Boston near Marathon site. All OK. Thoughts are with everyone touched by this nightmare.”

Chris Evans tweeted “thoughts and prayers are with everybody in Boston. heartbreaking…” 

Even our own Maria Menounos tweeted “flying home because I need to be there.” She also added, “keep getting overwhelmed w/tears. The photos are devastating. god bless those affected & our first responders. love u Boston my heart is w/u all.”

Movies and TV shows have been created about the tragedy.

The movie Patriot’s Day showcases Boston’s strength and the response that happened after the attack. The lead is Mark Wahlberg, a native Bostonian, who is very proud of his city. At first, he was resistant to the idea of the Boston bombing incident being made into a movie. He felt it was too soon. After reading the script, however, and realizing that if he did not agree to do it, they would find someone else to do it, he decided to take on the project. He felt that no one else would take it as seriously or work as hard to give the story justice. This movie is available on Netflix in the United States.

The movie Stronger takes a different perspective, following the survivor Jeff Bauman, played by Jake Gyllenhaal. When Bauman saw the film, he couldn’t hold back the tears. It was hard for him to see his real life being played back to him. He became a local celebrity after a haunting photo was captured of him after the bombing. He was able to help the FBI identify one of the bombers after he went into surgery. This movie can be rented from AMC or Amazon Prime.

On the one-year anniversary of the Boston bombing, National Geographic released a series called Inside the Hunt for the Boston Bombers. This shows how the killers were tracked down in five days. It gives so much detail and information on how quickly the Boston Police responded, as well as the FBI. It shares the stories of victims. This show is available on Amazon for purchase.

Credit: Runner’s World

I moved to Boston five years after the bombing occurred. It still affected the city then and it still affects the city now. When walking down Boylston Street and seeing that finish line, you feel it. Seeing “Boston Strong” written on overpasses and bulletin boards is a reminder. I lived very close to the finish line, and walking around the area during the Boston Marathon involved lots of security checkpoints. 

The Boston Marathon is a day of celebration for the city of Boston. Ads change to be running themed. Schools and work have the day off. It’s a day for Boston to showcase all they can offer.

But Boston is still healing. Was it right to lift his life sentence and bring this tragic day back? Is it fair to put these victims through another trial, having them come face-to-face to one of the two men who made a beautiful day go dark? When put to trial again in a different state, is the outcome really going to be different?

About The Author:

Aya Faham is a intern at AfterBuzz TV and a senior at Emerson College pursuing to be a cinematographer for independent feature length films. She is from San Francisco, and was the first graduating class at her high school of Summit Public Schools: Shasta in Daly City (right south of San Francisco). Another fun fact is she was born on International Left Handers Day, and she is left-handed.

Founded by Emmy winning journalist Maria Menounos and Producer Keven Undergaro, artist-friendly AfterBuzz TV is the world’s largest digital broadcast network and pop culture news platform, producing post-game ‘after-shows’ for nearly all favorite TV shows, interviewing cast and showrunners and providing the widest video, audio and article coverage of shows, content and influencers than any entertainment news platforms in existence

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