Affleck's The Town goes to Venice
Ben Affleck wanted to give audiences a real experience of robberies in his new heist film The Town.
The actor directs and stars in the movie, which is having its world premiere out of competition at the Venice Film Festival.
The 38-year-old said: "I wanted to show (the robberies) as we see them in real life. (We) are accustomed to seeing robberies and violence in 15 frames-per-second, black-and-white material we see on YouTube or the nightly news of someone breaking in, with no sound, and breaking some glass and even maybe shooting."
He added: "The social realism aspect of it was really important to me. I don't think you can like a movie like this or believe a movie like this unless you have a strong sense of place and really believe that the characters are from there and what you see is really happening."
The plot involves a gang of bank robbers from the Boston neighbourhood of Charleston, notorious for producing more bank and armoured car robbers than anywhere else in the US.
Ben cited classic gangster films as well as the more recent Italian film Gomorrah, about the Neapolitan Camorra crime gang, as inspiring his work on The Town.
Gomorrah "was a big influence on me in that sense you felt that it was real. I had never been there before but you felt like he really got it right," he said.
The Town also stars Jon Hamm, Rebecca Hall, Jeremy Renner and Pete Postlethwaite.