Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Street renamed to honor Ben Affleck's 'The Town'

Actor Titus Welliver, who played Jon Hamm's FBI partner in Ben Affleck's blue-collar heist flick "The Town," attended a small ceremony outside of AMC Loews Boston Common on Monday, Feb. 6 where city officials temporarily renamed the corner of Tremont and Avery "The Town Take 2 Place."

Affleck's mom, Chris, was also at the 8 p.m. one-day, exclusive screening of "The Town: Ultimate Collector's Edition" to promote the release of the "Take 2" version hitting shelves on March 6.

According to one source who attended the screening, the "alternate ending of this movie was great," he says. Apparently, a slew of extras from the made-in-Boston movie were in the audience and Affleck gave a pre-recorded two-and-a-half minute introduction.

Affleck, who is expecting his third child at any moment with his wife, actress Jennifer Garner, was unable to appear in person but apparently his onscreen message was good enough.

In the taped message, Affleck said the "Take 2" version has a substantially different alternate ending and is the heart and soul of the movie. Affleck added that if the movie didn't come out on DVD and it didn't have all the available extra features, that the alternate ending is the one he would have chosen for the original.

At the ceremony on Monday, Welliver was joined by Jeff Baker (center in pic below) and Sal LaMattina (right). Baker is an executive at Warner Bros and LaMattina is a Boston City Councilor who represents The North End, East Boston and Charlestown which, as many Loaded Gun Boston readers know, is where most of the filming of "The Town" took place.

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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