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Ben Affleck behind the camera in "The Town"

2010-09-14 06:42:16 GMT2010-09-14 14:42:16 (Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Ben Affleck promotes his second directorial effort "The Town" at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) along with stars Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm and Rebecca Hall.

Hundreds of fans waited to get a glimpse of Ben Affleck and the cast of "The Town," as they hit the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) for the North American premiere of the tense cops-and-robbers thriller.

Affleck, who made his directorial debut in 2007 with "Gone Baby Gone," also a Boston crime drama, plays the leader of a crew of ruthless bank robbers who dangerously falls for a woman the gang briefly takes hostage.

Affleck also co-wrote the screenplay and said that finding the right tone was a delicate balancing act.

"Look I got kids, I believe in social justice and social responsibility and I wanted to make sure that I wasn't glorifying criminal behavior or violence. So I really sort of held that in one hand and reconciled that with the needs for realistic storytelling with complicated three dimensional characters. I always had this litmus test to say am I making this look good for the thrill's sake? Is this appealing to anybody? Am I doing something dishonest? If not, then I was doing something that was in line with my values."

"The Town's" stellar cast also includes Jon Hamm, a Golden Globe winner for his performance in the "Mad Men" TV series, Jeremy Renner, who also starred in this year's Oscar-winner "The Hurt Locker," and Rebecca Hall.

It is one of 339 films screening at this year's festival.

I'm John Russell for Reuters.

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