Was Academy Award winner Ben Affleck browsing Ybor City on Wednesday? Could be. Facebook and Twitter lit up with reported sightings of Matt Damon's friend, one in the Don Vicente de Ybor Historic Inn. It is plausible. Affleck is set to direct and star in Live by Night, based on Dennis Lehane's crime novel, largely set in Tampa and Ybor. Plus, both Lehane and Tampa's interim film liaison Krista Soroka recently sent Affleck photos of locations, including the Don Vicente, in efforts to entice him to film locally. The problem is that the state has used up all its tax incentive money for movie shoots, which means there's some question whether the production will come to town in the fall, when shooting is expected to start. You'd think a Hollywood star like Affleck could get the same state budget break as Winter the dolphin to make a movie.
Was that really Ben Affleck in Ybor City?
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