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Nat Faxon is a tough guy . . . from the North Shore

Nat Faxon grew up in the Bay State, but he doesn’t fit the Hollywood stereotype: He’s not from Southie and doesn’t speak with a Boston accent. In fact, Faxon, one of the stars of the new Fox comedy “Ben and Kate” (and the

Oscar-winning screenwriter of “The Descendants”), told Conan O’Brien he sometimes minimizes his Massachusetts roots. Why?

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Because he’s from Manchester-by-the-Sea,

and that sounds kind of snooty. “It’s a really beautiful town, but there’s nothing super tough about it,” Faxon told O’Brien, himself a Brookline native. “Because it’s got, like, four hyphens in the name.” So instead of saying he’s from Manchester-by-the-Sea, Faxon joked that he sometimes says “Gloucester adjacent” or “North Shore” or “Danvers.”

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