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(2010)

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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.
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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.
Jeremy Renner surrounded himself with actual convicted bank robbers in Charlestown, for research and to help him nail the accent.
Ben Affleck's first leading role in six years.
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).
Director/star Ben Affleck was most concerned that the actors have authentic-sounding Boston accents. When Blake Lively read for the part of Krista, she sounded so authentic that he asked her where she grew up in Boston. She was born and raised in California.
To researching 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 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.
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.
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 film's premiere was held at Fenway Park. The cast walked a red carpet along the first baseline.
Slaine was a concession seller at Fenway Park as a teen. He described going back there to shoot the film as "surreal."
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.
The sign over the sink in Coughlin's kitchen reads "Cead Mile Failte," an Irish Gaelic phrase which means "A Hundred Thousand Welcomes."
Originally set to be directed by Adrian Lyne. He had a falling out with Warner Bros., so they asked Ben Affleck to step in.
Shipped to theaters under the code name "Criminal Intent".
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The FBI interview record shows Claire Keesey's birthday as May 19, 1978. Rebecca Hall, who plays Claire, was born on May 19, 1982.
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Director Trademark 

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.

Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

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.

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