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Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger Will Be the Closest He Gets to the JokerThe first footage of his role in 'Black Mass' reveals him to be cackling, dark, and terrifying.
By JJ Duncan on April 21, 2015
FameFlynet

Warner Bros. revealed the first footage of Whitey Bulger biopic Black Mass at CinemaCon on Tuesday, giving us our first look at Johnny Depp in the role he's been angling to play for years.

With ice blue contacts and that weird haircut, Depp almost does look like a different person in the movie. The footage shows him playing Bulger at a dinner party, leaning on his host to reveal his "family secret" steak marinade recipe. Predictably, this gets dark pretty fast. After Bulger gets the recipe he turns it around, and says something to the effect of, "If you gave up that family secret to me so easily, how can you be trusted?" Then he breaks the tension by laughing, and we cut to him doing your typical gangster movie type of hitman stuff. With that combination of tension, laughter, and violence, Depp feels like he's channeling the Joker when he puts on that Whitey makeup.

It's hard to say if this will be a good movie based on the footage we saw, but it does look divisive. If this goes well, Depp will have a heap of critics praising this as a return to form, but it's also easy to see this as something that glorifies Boston's most notorious living crime boss more than anything else. 

The makeup really is incredible. Depp seems to be obsessed with literally losing himself in his roles lately. In Tusk he plays a backwoods Canadian detective in a fake nose for laughs, but this time he's fully sincere and fully menacing. If nothing else it leaves us wanting to see more.

(JJ Duncan http://www.zimbio.com/Screen+News/articles/lvNtTLIlRix/Johnny+Depp+Whitey+Bulger+Will+Closest+Gets)

About the Author

Kevin Weeks is a former mobster and was a longtime friend and confidant to James J. Bulger, the infamous boss of the Winter Hill Gang, a crime family based out of the Winter Hill neighborhood in Somerville, Massachusetts. 



Phyllis Karas is the coauthor of two previous books. She is a contributor to People magazine and an adjunct professor at the Boston University School of Journalism. She lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts, with her husband.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 279 pages
  • Publisher: Fracas Press (July 22, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0986216402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0986216404
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #784,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have been fascinated and appalled by the whole Whitey Bulger story, so I couldn't resist what seems to be the newest book on the subject. I had read Kevin Weeks' memoir, BRUTAL, so I knew he was the real deal. I understood that HUNTED DOWN was fiction, but I figured with Kevin as one of the authors there had to be some truth as to what Whitey was doing during his 16 years on the run. And what a story I got. As a woman, I loved reading Cathy Greig's chapters and felt it offered a warm and sympathetic view of what it must have been like for someone who truly loved a man, evil as he was, to follow him literally all the ends of the earth. I figured the Joey character was Kevin Weeks, and it was equally fascinating to get a picture of what he was doing, being coerced by the FBI to track down his former boss and closest friend. It really was a cat and mouse search and I won't ruin anyone's pleasure in reading the book by revealing the shocking ending. Naturally, my husband was more intrigued by the stories of violence, after all no one could ever believe there was no violence during those 16 years on the run, but I was far more to be intrigued by the well described international scenes. All I know for sure is that I was locked in by the first page and sat up an entire night to finish the fast-paced and well written story. If the name Whitey Bulger has any interest to you, and I have feeling after Johnny Depp plays him in 'BLACK MASS" every movie goer will know exactly who he is, don't miss out on this terrific read.
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This book sure surprised me. I was just looking for yet another book about Whitey Bulger and liked that this one was fiction. The fact that Kevin Weeks one of Whitey’s top guys was the author made it more interesting since I had read BRUTAL, his memoir about his life with Whitey. I was not expecting this one to be so riveting. I knew Whitey had been captured and the trial was over, but I really enjoyed this picture of what it must have been like when he was on the run for all those years. I figure if anyone knew what Whitey and Cathy were doing all those years, Kevin Weeks would be the one. There is a ton of action, suspense and even romance and humor in this book. Now I am ready for the movie “Black Mass” with Johnny Depp. I understand Kevin Weeks is a major character in that movie, too. For anyone with even the slightest interest in Whitey Bulger, or someone just looking for a great action book to hold your attention, get this one. It’s a terrific page turner!
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