Ben Affleck brings ‘The Town’ premiere home to Fenway
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Now here’s something you don’t see every day: a shiny new Hollywood movie premiering in a classic American ballpark. Fenway Park, to be specific, because the movie is ‘The Town,’ and director-co-writer-star Ben Affleck shot that puppy in Boston, his not-quite-hometown.
Also taking the field for ‘The Town’ team: Blake Lively, Rebecca Hall, Jeremy Renner, Chris Cooper and Jon Hamm, with Jennifer Westfeldt of course. Still, this is not a baseball movie -- it’s about four bank robbers from the city’s Charlestown neighborhood who have crime-fighters hot on their heels.
The film was shown on a giant screen placed on the third-base dugout, the Boston Globe said, with 1,770 fans in the stands cheering some of the movie’s familiar landmarks, and 500 or so invited to a VIP after-party on site. Childhood pal Matt Damon brought his dad Kent -- both of them in Red Sox caps -- and Penn Badgley, whose ‘Easy A’ premiered in L.A. on Monday, showed up for girlfriend Lively’s big night. (Click the picture of Damon at right to launch a photo gallery of red carpet arrivals.)
Renner chatted with WBZ News about the ‘terrifying’ local accent. Said the guy whose ...
... ‘Hurt Locker’ character practically laughed at IEDs: ‘I wasn’t afraid of anything else but that accent, because it can really screw up a movie.’ Affleck and Hamm, hot off film festivals in Toronto and Venice, talked to the Boston Fox station about bringing it home -- see the video below.
‘The Town’ opens in U.S. theaters on Friday.
-- Christie D’Zurilla
Top photo: The cast of ‘The Town’ -- Chris Cooper, left, Rebecca Hall, John Hamm, Ben Affleck, Jeremy Renner and Blake Lively -- show for the film’s Boston premiere at Fenway Park on Tuesday. Credit: Michael Dwyer / Associated Press
Second photo: Matt Damon at Fenway Park on Tuesday. Credit: Brian Snyder / Reuters