Ben Affleck’s ‘The Town’ Inspiration? Is This a True Story?

According to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, a man from Providence who claims to have stolen at least 100 banks and that Ben Affleck’s role in “The Town” was based on him is being held without bail on allegations of robbing two Boston banks and attempting to rob a third.

Ben Affleck proved he was a good director with his first movie, Gone Baby Gone, which came out in 2007. In 2010, he made The Town, which was another gripping crime thriller. In the movie, the actor-director plays Doug MacRay, the leader of a group of violent bank robbers.

Soon, his life is turned upside down when he falls in love with the hostage of his close friend James (Jeremy Renner), a bank worker named Claire (Blake Lively).

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The story of “The Town” takes place in the Charlestown neighborhood of Boston, which, according to the prologue, “has produced more bank robbers and armored car thieves than anywhere else in the world.” But how much of the movie is based on true stories Here is what to know…

Is The Town based on a true story?

No, not really. The Town is based on Chuck Hogan’s book Prince of Thieves, but only in a loose way. But Affleck did his own research on Charlestown so that the movie would be as true to life as possible.

The Hollywood Reporter says that this was done by talking to locals, going to local prisons, and consulting with the FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force in Boston.

Are The Town’s characters based on real people?

Even though the characters in The Town aren’t based on real people, Affleck did hire real ex-convicts from Boston to act as extras in the movie and make it seem more real.

Later, the actor and director got in trouble with the law for giving “guns” to criminals, but he said that the guns were fake.

Where to Watch Ben Affleck’s “The Town”?

After premiering at Boston’s Fenway Park, The Town made its way to the Venice Film Festival. On September 17th, 2010, the picture was released in theatres around the United States.

You can stream The Town on HBO Max or Peacock if you have a premium account. Do share your thoughts in the comment section below. For more such updates do follow us only on Lee Daily.

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