Jon Hamm also had the benefit of working directly with FBI consultant Thomas B. Devlin, who grew up in Charlestown and went on to spend twenty-four years in the Bureau, eight of those overseeing the SWAT program in Boston. ``He was the go-to guy for any questions we had, Hamm says. ``It was extremely helpful to have him around.
It was also amusing because a few of the guys we had working as extras or in bit parts were gentlemen Mr. Devlin
had arrested in their previous careers.
So it was always fun to see who Tom
had a previous, um, 'relationship' with, he
Devlin's years with SWAT
enabled him to do double duty: as both the FBI
consultant and a SWAT advisor. ``It was a gift to have Tom
on the set, says Affleck. ``He was very instructive about the inner workings of the agency, and, having come from Charlestown, he
really knew the history of the place and the people.
is also emblematic of the fact that the town has produced some great people with strong values and a lot of integrity-something that doesn't get showcased very much.