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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.
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).
The original cut was four hours long. After realizing that the film would never appeal to wide audiences, Ben Affleck cut the film down to two hours and fifty minutes in three days. The studio and producers loved it, but they wanted the film to be no longer than two hours and ten minutes. Eventually, Affleck cut the film down to two hours and eight minutes. While Affleck was happy with the theatrical cut, he said that an Extended Cut on the DVD and Blu-ray 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.
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.
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.
The film's premiere was held at Fenway Park. The cast walked a red carpet along the first baseline.
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.
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.
In one scene, there is a shot of the television playing a movie where a white truck rides into a drive-in movie lot. This is a scene from the movie Heat (1995), a movie that is also about bank robbers being chased by an obsessed detective.
The production encountered so many problems with the practical effects in the shoot-out scenes, that most of the bullet holes were added in digitally in post-production.
Victor Garber's short appearance in the film was a favor for his friend Ben Affleck. Garber worked for five years with Affleck's ex-wife, Jennifer Garner, on the series Alias (2001), and Garber officiated at Garner and Affleck's wedding.
Ben Affleck's first leading role in one year.
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 Brothers, so they asked Ben Affleck to step in.
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 Actor in a Supporting Role.
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.
Shipped to theaters under the code name "Criminal Intent".
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 minivans.
The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Ben Affleck and Chris Cooper; and two Oscar nominees: Jeremy Renner and Pete Postlethwaite.
Jeremy Renner's Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominated performance was the only one in the category not in a Best Picture nominee that year.
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This film boasts three past and present Marvel alumni. Ben Affleck played the title character in Daredevil (2003) Jeremy Renner went on to portray Hawkeye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Rebecca Hall played Maya Hansen in Iron Man 3 (2013).
According to Boston Police Cruiser cameras, the brazen morning armored truck robbery in the city's North End occurs on August 27, 2010.
The F.B.I. interview record shows Claire Keesey's birthday as May 19, 1978. Rebecca Hall, who plays Claire, was born on May 19, 1982.
In the beginning of the movie, Jeremy Renner tells the rest of the crew if they see the S.W.A.T. team, run. Renner was in S.W.A.T. (2003), where played a S.W.A.T. officer defusing a bank robbery.
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Toward the end of the movie, in the bar, a Red Sox game is playing on the television. The game was from August 28, 2009. The screen shows the Toronto Blue Jays up by three in the fourth 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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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). Hall also starred with Scarlett Johansson in The Prestige (2006). Johansson was married to Reynolds from 2008 to 2011.
The only film that year to be nominated for Best Picture at the Producers Guild of America Awards, but not at The Academy Awards.
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Four of the co-stars (Affleck, Hamm, Lively and Renner) have hosted on Saturday Night Live.
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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.


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 (Ben Affleck) is mortally wounded during his shootout with Fergie (Pete Postlethwaite) and dies in Claire's (Rebecca Hall's) arms in her apartment. The ending was filmed, but test audiences approved the theatrical version, in which Doug survives.
Dez's (Owen Burke'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 (Blake Lively) 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, Doug (Ben Affleck) leaves a note on the car belonging to F.B.I. Agent Frawley (Jon Hamm), with the phrase "go fuck yourself" on it. This is similar to Ben Affleck's next movie Argo (2012), which uses the line "Argo fuck yourself" in several pivotal scenes, including by Affleck himself.
The door to the electric room at Fenway Park is "1912". 1912 was the first year the Red Sox played at Fenway.
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