Ben Affleck did his research for The Town by interviewing criminals.
Affleck, director, co-writer, and star of The Town, admitted that he wanted to accurately portray the rough –talking, dangerous word of bank robbers. He went all out with his research by reportedly facing prisoners.
According to Starpulse, Affleck acted “like a salesman” and called inmates to get the information he needed for The Town, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last week.
“I talked to some bank robbers. I swear to God, I Googled these robberies in these neighborhoods in Boston, got a bunch of names, and then figured out on the internet where [the robbers are] incarcerated and then just cold called, like a salesman. Lo and behold, (prison officials said), ‘Come back Thursday’. It’s one of the great things about being an actor – you get to do great research.”
Affleck was surprised at how eager the prisoners were to share their stories.
“It seemed like they’re just happy to talk to someone. You go in there and they’re not doing much.”
The Town his theaters tonight, September 17th. Be sure to read my full review of the film. Also check out my coverage of The Town’s red carpet premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.