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Ben Affleck talks about picking Georgia over Florida for “Live by Night”


Ben Affleck filmed the Florida settings of Live by Night along Georgia’s Atlantic coast, building an Ybor City replica in Brunswick, about 30 miles across the state line.

Live by Night got a better deal there, since Florida’s film production incentives program ran out of money and hasn’t been renewed. Affleck called Georgia’s program “pretty generous.”

“I would’ve loved to,” Affleck said by telephone from New York. “When in doubt you always want to use the real place.

“But then there’s the issue of cost. You’ve got to juggle what’s worth more to you: Do you want another 10 cars and 200 extras or do you want one less shooting day? There’s that kind of math that goes into it. We were as close as the Georgia tax rebate away.”

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