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Opening Night – Gritty World of Bank Robbing Permeates Ben Affleck’s Town

Actor Ben Affleck returns to his Boston-area roots with his second directorial effort, The Town. Based on the Chuck Hogan book Prince of Thieves, Affleck’s film centers around a group of guys (led by Affleck and Jeremy Renner) who rob banks and armored cars in the square-mile neighborhood of Boston called Charlestown. According to the film’s production notes, Charlestown “has produced more bank and armored-car robbers than anywhere in the U.S.” To bring gritty authenticity to the story (he was also a co-writer of the screenplay), Affleck shot most of the film in Charlestown, hired some of its local residents as extras, and sought out the advice of real bank robbers and ex-cons from the neighborhood.

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