Ben Affleck just finished filming his directorial debut film, Gone, Baby Gone, in Boston. He kindly thanked the city for being so accommodating. It was as if he was running for office. He said,
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“There are a lot of people who had to find new parking spaces and had to go around a lot of detours,” he said. “A lot of people just walked by, who we put in part of the movie, and they helped us out. I wanted to say thank you and say how much we appreciated that.”
“It’s been a perception historically that Boston is a terrible town to film in,” he said, rattling off the list of studio gripes. “As a consequence, Hollywood has shied away from people who wanted to come and film here.”
While I’m proud (of the film), we didn’t have enough time to include more of the city as part of the story,” Affleck said.
So this time around, the first-time feature director insisted that “Gone, Baby, Gone” be shot on location in Boston because it’s a city that “doesn’t feel like it’s everywhere else.” (The state’s new tax breaks for filmmakers also helped his case, he said.)
“It has a distinct personality that comes across,” Affleck said. “There’s a lack of pretention; an informalness, a sense of community. . . .People root for you here"
Ben also said Violet and Isabella had a nice play date on the Cape this summer and how he and Jen really enjoyed living away from the paparazzi infested LA life for a little while. Don't worry though, they will be back west soon.