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Video – 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 locals as extras, and sought out the advice of real bank robbers and ex-cons from the neighborhood.

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