The Hollywood actor, who grew up in the state, was granted an audience with top local politician Charlie Baker on Wednesday (20Jan16) to discuss the sensitive subject matter of new movie Patriot's Day, about the terrorist atrocities which rocked Boston in 2013.

Wahlberg, who plays a cop in the drama, met Baker at the Massachusetts State House in Boston for a "friendly chat", according to an aide to the governor.

"The governor met briefly with Mark Wahlberg for a friendly chat about a movie he is working on," the representative told the Boston Herald.

In 2014, the actor requested a pardon from state officials to clear his name over an assault conviction dating back to the 1980s.

Wahlberg spent 45 days in jail for beating up two Vietnamese men in separate incidents in his hometown of Dorchester, Massachusetts when he was 16, and he filed a petition asking for the 1988 felony charge to be removed from his record.

The matter of the pardon, which would be granted by Baker, was reportedly not mentioned during the pair's meeting.

The new movie is based on the events of 15 April, 2013, when when two explosions ripped through the crowds near the race's finish line, killing three people and injuring more than 260 others.

It is among a handful of movie projects about the terror attack currently in the pipeline. Jake Gyllenhaal is set to play a survivor in a new drama called Stronger, and Safe House director Daniel Espinosa is believed to be working on another called Boston Strong.