The Town (2010) Poster



While filming of the first robbery, Ben Affleck would sometimes direct while in full costume, including the skull mask. Rebecca Hall was unable to keep a straight face, and found it difficult to take direction from him when he was in costume.
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Jeremy Renner surrounded himself with actual convicted bank robbers in Charlestown, for research and to help him nail the accent.
Before the movie was released, Ben Affleck praised Jeremy Renner's performance. He even jokingly stated that if ever there was a bad shot or performance from someone else in a scene, editing could easily cut to Renner looking at a napkin in order to make the scene work. Jeremy Renner later would go on to receive an Academy Award nomination for his performance.
The original cut was 4 hours long. After realizing that the film would never appeal to wide audiences, Ben Affleck cut the film down to 2 hours, 50 minutes in 3 days. The studio and producers loved it, but they wanted the film to be no longer than 2 hours, 10 minutes. Eventually, Affleck cut the film down to 2 hours, 8 minutes. While Affleck was happy with the theatrical cut, he said that an Extended Cut on the DVD and BluRay will feature deleted scenes on top of the cut footage. He also said that while the theatrical cut of The Town is a close adaptation of the novel 'Prince of Thieves', the extended cut is more true to the book.
Ben Affleck was struggling to find the right actor for the role of James Couglin. His younger brother Casey Affleck suggested Jeremy Renner, who he'd worked with in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007).
Ben Affleck's first leading role in six years.
Slaine was a concession seller at Fenway Park as a teen. He described going back there to shoot the film as "surreal."
Matt Damon slipped into the press line at the Boston premiere, hidden under a Boston Red Sox cap. He and Ben Affleck are childhood friends.
To research her role, Ben Affleck asked Blake Lively to visit locals in Charlestown. Lively spent a month hanging around with locals, their apartments, and bars before filming began.
The film's premiere was held at Fenway Park. The cast walked a red carpet along the first baseline.
Chris Cooper's scene was shot on location at MCI-Cedar Junction, a maximum security prison in Massachusetts. It was the first time anything was filmed there.
Victor Garber's short appearance in the film was a favor for his friend Ben Affleck. Garber worked for five years with Affleck's wife, Jennifer Garner, on the series Alias (2001), and Garber officiated at Garner and Affleck's wedding.
The production encountered so many problems with the practical effects in the shoot-out scenes that most of the bulletholes were added in digitally in post-production.
In one scene, there is a shot of the TV playing a movie where a white truck rides into a Drive In Movie Lot, this is a scene from the movie "Heat", a movie that is also about bank robbers being chased by an obsessed detective.
Ben Affleck cited The Departed (2006), Heat (1995), Mystic River (2003) and The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973) as influences on this film. Of them, Affleck said "All are R-rated movies in that same vein, and the movies I used as the gold standard of success here."
Originally set to be directed by Adrian Lyne. He had a falling out with Warner Bros., so they asked Ben Affleck to step in.
The sign over the sink in Coughlin's kitchen reads "Cead Mile Failte," an Irish Gaelic phrase which means "A Hundred Thousand Welcomes."
In July 2011, during U.S. Congressional debate over raising the country's national debt ceiling, Republican Party leaders used a clip from this film, specifically a scene between Ben Affleck and Jeremy Renner, as a motivational device in meetings to rally party unity. It was immediately lampooned by comedic commentators Jon Stewart and Bill Maher.
Ben Affleck originally wanted Mark Wahlberg for the role of James Coughlin, but he was busy shooting The Fighter (2010), so the role went to Jeremy Renner, who ended up receiving the Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Shipped to theaters under the code name "Criminal Intent".
This film boasts three past and present Marvel alumni. Ben Affleck played the titular character in Daredevil (2003) Jeremy Renner went on to portray Hawkeye in the Avengers films and Rebecca Hall later played Maya Hansen in Iron Man 3 (2013).
The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper; and two Oscar nominees: Jeremy Renner and Pete Postlethwaite.
The FBI interview record shows Claire Keesey's birthday as May 19, 1978. Rebecca Hall, who plays Claire, was born on May 19, 1982.
In the movie, the gang uses a Dodge minivan during a heist. The real "No Name Gang" the movie is based on always used Chevrolet Lumina minivans, which were considered to be the fastest minivan.
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According to Boston Police Cruiser cameras, the brazen morning armored truck robbery in the city's North End occurs on August 27, 2010.
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This is the second film in which Rebecca Hall has appeared with a wife of Ryan Reynolds. Blake Lively has been married to Reynolds since 2012. Hall previously starred with Scarlett Johansson in Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008). Johansson was married to Reynolds from 2008 to 2011.
Toward the end of the movie, in the bar, a Red Sox game is playing on the TV. The game was from August 28th 2009. The screen shows the Toronto Blue Jays up by 3 in the 4th inning. In this shot, with the Red Sox batting, a play develops: David Ortiz hits a single to advance Kevin Youkilis to third base. The Red Sox end up winning this game with a score of 6-5.
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Ben Affleck: [Red Sox] A large section of the movie takes place at Fenway Park. Affleck is a devoted Red Sox fan and attends games regularly.


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The scene where the cop turns away when he sees the masked armed robbers getting away is based on an actual event. Ben Affleck added it to the film after interviewing a bank robber in prison.
The studio heads initially wanted the novel's ending, in which Doug is mortally wounded during his shootout with Fergie and dies in Claire's arms in her apartment. The ending was filmed, but test audiences approved the theatrical version, in which Doug survives.
Dez's death scene had to be signed off by Major League Baseball (MLB). According to Ben Affleck, one cut included blood spattering the ambulance. MLB decided the scene was too violent, and Affleck used the other cut, featuring less blood.
When Doug talks to Krista in the bar, the song on the jukebox is "Whatcha Say" by Jason Derulo, about a man who lied to his girlfriend and whose world falls apart when she finds out.
Towards the end of the film Ben Affleck' character leaves a note on the car belonging to FBI agent Jon Hamm with the phrase 'go fuck yourself' on it. This is similar to Ben Affleck' next movie Argo which uses the line 'Argo fuck yourself' in several pivotal scenes, including by Affleck himself.
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