Sunday, February 05, 2012

Revisit Ben Affleck's'The Town' at 'Take 2' screening

Didn't get enough made-in-Boston shoot 'em action in 2010 when Ben Affleck's blue-collar heist flick "The Town" hit the big screen? You're in luck.

There's an exclusive screening of "The Town: Ultimate Collector's Edition" hitting AMC Loews Boston Common on Monday, Feb. 6 to promote the "Take 2" version's release on March 6. Actor Titus Welliver, who played Jon Hamm's FBI partner in the flick, is slotted to attend the 8 p.m. screening and Affleck's mom, Chris, will be at a street-renaming ceremony outside of the cinema at 3 p.m. where city officials will temporarily rename the corner of Tremont and Avery "The Town Take 2 Place."

Expect some previously unseen footage in the DVD version, including a crowd scene outside of Trinity Church in Copley Square.

In honor of its DVD release in March, we offer you inspiration from the movie's locations.

WHERE TO EAT:
Looking for food options inspired by "The Town"? Don't fret. Affleck and crew were regulars in the North End and were known to order a dozen or so pies from Ernesto’s Pizza located at 69 Salem St. Scenes in the North End include shots at Pizzeria Regina on Thacher Street and Neptune Oyster located at 63 Salem Street. Also, Affleck returned to his Cambridge roots by setting up shop at Grendel's Den located at 89 Winthrop St. in Harvard Square.

WHERE TO DRINK:
Affleck, who effectively captured Boston’s grittier side with his directorial debut "Gone Baby Gone," aimed for authenticity with "The Town" and filmed a scene at the old-school watering hole known as Old Sully's located at on Union Street near the Community College Station Orange Line T stop. Known for its wood-paneled backroom, the nondescript pub is a colorful haunt from Charlestown's past with roots going back to the speakeasy days of Prohibition. He also shot scenes at The Warren Tavern, located at 2 Pleasant St., in Charlestown. They also filmed some strip club scenes at the infamous Centerfolds/The Glass Slipper located at 22 LaGrange Street.

WHERE TO STAY:
During filming, crews 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. Set designers transformed the Fenway Park hotel into the fictional Van Ness Motor Inn. Affleck, noticeably dressed down after wearing a variety of costumes last week including a Boston police officer uniform as well as an EMS paramedic shirt, rolled up his sleeves during filming at the revamped HoJo's. The hotel‘s transformation into the Van Ness Motor Inn was apparently so convincing, several bystanders thought the motel was the real deal.

WHERE TO VISIT:
Crews literally shut down the Charlestown Bridge in October 2009 to orchestrate an elaborate cops-and-robbers chase scene involving stunt doubles wearing masks and nun outfits. Armed with a helicopter filming aerial shots, the sequence showcases the bridge in all of its glory .

Boston’s Fenway Park and home to Affleck’s beloved Red Sox is a major player in "The Town." In fact, a handful of locals expressed concern after hearing gunshots in the Fenway’s growing residential neighborhood. The Boston Police Department received a call from a citizen hearing "shots fired" near Fenway Park while Affleck filmed the climactic cat-and-mouse scene with Hamm and Titus Welliver from "Gone Baby Gone." One Loaded Gun Boston readers says the barrage of bullets on Yawkey Way kept him up. "Yeah, it's a bit frustrating having to hear machine guns while trying to sleep," he says.

Click here for the backstory on Affleck's "The Town."
--Copyrighted photos for Loaded Gun Boston by Ryan Miner, Beantown Photo

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