Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Boston Movie Tours, or, THE BACK OF MATT DAMON’S HEAD

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I love Boston movies — and I love that there are so many of them lately!

That’s because Massachusetts began offering tax credits to film studios in 2005.  Since then, movie after movie has been shot in the Boston area.  Coincidentally, a wave of gritty Boston crime movies began around that time — first, Mystic River, followed by The Departed, followed by Gone Baby Gone, followed by The Town.

So when On Location Tours offered me a chance to come on their Boston Movie Tour, I jumped at the chance.  My friend Lisa and I were excited (mostly to relive our eighth grade crush on Ben Affleck).

We learned right away that the tour had a theme: THE BACK OF MATT DAMON’S HEAD!!!  Our tour guide, Dave — a hilarious guy who had us cracking up the whole time — had printout after printout of the back of Matt Damon’s head all over Boston!

The tour started on Boston Common and continued via bus through dozens of neighborhoods, from Back Bay to Southie.  Along the way, movie and TV clips were shown on the bus as we drove by the destinations where they were filmed.  The clips made it perfect — you didn’t have to watch the movies in advance!

However, I will say this — before going on this tour, you should have seen Good Will Hunting and The Departed at the very least.

We learned a lot of cool movie facts from Dave.  The film Blown Away was shot in Boston, and there was an intense explosion scene.  Boston residents were freaked out by all the explosions and kept calling 911!  And that’s not all — the crew accidentally blew out 8,000 residential windows, costing an extra $1.5 million on top of a $1 million explosion.

Later, Dave was quick to point out the apartment that Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez bought back when they were together.

But perhaps the coolest fact was that in The Departed, whenever a character was in danger, the letter X appeared on the screen in some shape or form.  Scorsese sometimes does this in his other movies.

Lisa and I, of course, have been avid hecklers for the better part of a decade — and once we learned our guide could take it, we enjoyed heckling him.

Dave: “All right, I want you guys to guess my favorite Kevin Bacon movie.  And don’t say Footloose!”

Lisa: “Wild Things?”

I nearly fell over.

Halfway through the tour, we stopped at Woody’s L Street Tavern — better known as the Good Will Hunting bar!  Lisa and I sat at the exact table.

Now, I’ve been on lots of tours that finish at a bar, and I fully advocate that.  But a tour that stopped at a bar halfway through might actually be better!

Our other big stop was in Fort Point, at the building in The Departed where the body is thrown off the roof.  (And just one block from my old office!)

Dave had a kid act it out:

Soon after, we finished our tour steps from the Common, at the Bull & Finch Bar — better known as the bar that inspired Cheers.

I loved this tour.  It’s expensive at $40 per person, but it really is well-executed and full of entertainment.  If you treat it like the special activity that it is, that makes it worth the price.

If you’re looking for a special gift for your movie-loving, Boston-dwelling friend or family member, this tour is a solid choice, and one that I recommend.  And if you’re planning New York holidays, On Location has a number of tours in New York as well, from Sex and the City to The Sopranos!

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to Chinatown with Jack Nicholson.

I received two complimentary tickets to On Location Tours’s Boston Movie Tour.  All opinions, as always, are my own.

Comments

12 Responses to “Boston Movie Tours, or, THE BACK OF MATT DAMON’S HEAD”
  1. OMG. This is awesome. I’m slightly obsessed with Matt Damon; I will have to do this once I’m back in the States!

  2. Kelly says:

    Dang – I was hoping to see a couple shots of the back of Matt Damon’s head! Sounds like a super fun tour – if I ever make it to Boston, it’s on the list for sure.

  3. Sounds like a lot of fun, and less intense than NYC movie tours – especially if it’s Matt Damon centric, I have absolutely NO problem with that. 🙂

  4. Many tell me I resemble Matt Damon. I can definitely see it. I think I even wrote something about it once.

  5. Katrina says:

    HAHAHAHA! “Wild Things?” HAHAHHA! Omg, still laughing by the time I got to the end of the post. (Even now! Still!) HAHAHAHAHAAA!

  6. Alex says:

    I love doing silly things like this. I did a pizza tour in NYC before I left and its such a fun memory. Never in my life have I met a man as passionate about ANYTHING as this dude was about pizza. Highly recommend looking it up next time you are in the city.

  7. Amanda says:

    Hahaha, the back of Matt Damon’s head… now THAT’S a unique theme to a tour!

    I got invited to give these tours a go, too, but I unfortunately don’t live in any of the cities they’re in!! Maybe I just need to get myself to Boston sometime soon!

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