updated 04/16/2013 AT 7:00 AM ET
•originally published 04/16/2013 AT 7:55 AM ET
One of Boston’s most famous sons, Mark Wahlberg, said Monday that he was deeply upset by the bombings at the city’s marathon, and that something must be done to stem the violence that’s increasingly putting innocent lives at risk.
“It’s just so upsetting,” the Oscar nominee, 41, told PEOPLE at a screening of his new film, Pain & Gain, at the Crosby Street Hotel in New York, hosted by The Cinema Society and Men’s Fitness.
“Obviously I’ve got a huge family and so many family and friends back in Boston. I don’t know what exactly happened, and I don’t know if everyone’s okay. I’m just trying to be here [at the screening] and put on a brave face and just be a professional.”