Friday, September 18, 2009

Ben Affleck's 'The Town' film hitting Fenway Park

While Cambridge homeboy Ben Affleck was busy filming scenes for his blue-collar heist flick "The Town" on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at Grendel's Den located at 89 Winthrop St. in Harvard Square, crews were busy hashing out the elaborate shoot 'em up scene slotted to hit Boston's Fenway Park on Friday, Sept 18 and filming until Sunday, Sept. 27--with no filming on Monday, Sept. 21.

As previously reported in Loaded Gun Boston, an inside source says that we should "expect gun fire and a few cars exploding" in and around Fenway during production.

Meanwhile, the Red Sox are playing away games in Baltimore, Kansas City and New York while Affleck and staff do their cops and robbers thing. Also, crews have reportedly rented out the Howard Johnson Hotel Boston located at 1271 Boylston St. specifically for the Fenway climax to house out-of-state production crews as well as an exterior filming location.

Affleck, playing Boston's most wanted bank robber, is both directing and starring in the film following a love triangle involving a crook, a bankteller and a FBI agent. The movie is an adaptation of the Charlestown-based heist novel "Prince of Thieves" by Chuck Hogan which was written for the big screen by Peter Craig and Affleck.

"The Town" also stars Jon Hamm, known as Don Draper from "Mad Men," as a FBI agent who becomes smitten with a female bank employee, played by "Frost/Nixon" and "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" actress Rebecca Hall.

Affleck recently filmed scenes at Neptune Oyster located at 63 Salem St. in the North End as well as a slew of locations on Bunker Hill Street in Charlestown.

Speaking of Charlestown, Loaded Gun Boston was featured in Chris Faraone's "A Tale of Two Towns" in this week's Boston Phoenix. The in-depth article focuses on the two films currently filming there including 'The Town" and "OxyMorons."

Click here for the latest on Affleck's "The Town."

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Anonymous said...

I received an email from my colleague today: "...starting tomorrow and lasting until September 28, the crew for the Boston-based bank robber movie “The Town” with director and star Ben Affleck, will be setting up shop on the first floor of 126 Brookline Avenue (the old Boston Billiards space). There will be some disruption, so please plan accordingly with getting in and around the building.

Please note, the film crew will not be using any of the parking spots in the back but have blocked off all the street parking."

Anonymous said...

We received word late Thursday, Sept. 17, that beginning Friday, Sept. 18, through Sunday, Sept. 27, scenes from the upcoming movie "The Town" will be filmed at Fenway Park and in the surrounding area. The following roadways will be affected during filming in and around Fenway Park:

Yawkey Way will be closed between Van Ness and Brookline Avenue from Friday, Sept. 18, through Sept. 27, and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (with the exception of Monday, Sept. 21, when it will remain open)

Lansdowne St. will be closed intermittently on Friday, Sept. 18 (6 a.m. to 2 p.m.), allowing through traffic in between filming.

Van Ness St. will be closed Sept. 18 to Sept. 25 (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.) between Ipswich and Yawkey Way (traffic re-routed onto Boylston St.).

Boylston St. will be closed Sunday, Sept. 27 (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.) between Ipswich St. and Yawkey Way.

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