updated 05/05/2013 AT 9:00 AM ET
•originally published 05/05/2013 AT 10:20 AM ET
Kevin Spacey found a very special – and, well, very adorable – way to honor an American city that has seen both tragedy and triumph in the last few weeks.
Since three people were killed and more than 260 injured on April 15 when two bombs exploded near the Boston Marathon finish line, the actor, 53, has visited both victims and the cops who came to their aid.
He “had to get on a plane,” he told the Boston Herald. “I’m not a doctor or first responder, but if people know me from movies, and walking into their work space or room brings a smile to their face – with the challenges these amazing citizens have in front of them – then that’s worth coming.”
He added: “The cops, nurses, doctors, hospital staff and patients that I have met over the past few days have given me the greatest feeling of pride in being an American and made me understand that we are all Boston.”