Johnny Depp as James ‘Whitey’ Bulger in a still from Black Mass.
Johnny Depp as James ‘Whitey’ Bulger in a still from Black Mass.

Slain gangster Whitey Bulger hated Johnny Depp’s portrayal of him in Black Mass

Boston gangster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, who was reportedly killed on Tuesday, hated star Johnny Depp’s portrayal of him in the 2015 crime drama, Black Mass.
By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2018 06:46 PM IST

Boston gangster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, who was found dead in his prison cell on Tuesday, was not a fan of Johnny Depp’s portrayal of him in 2015’s drama, Black Mass. Bulger, who was convicted in 2013 for his part in the murders of 11 people, also inspired Jack Nicholson’s character in Martin Scorsese’s 2006 Oscar-winner, The Departed.

Depp’s performance as Bulger was seen as a comeback for the actor, who’d spent many years up to that point playing larger-than-life characters in big-budget fantasy films. He wore heavy prosthetics, stained his teeth and altered his voice for his performance, for which he received multiple accolades, including nominations at the Critics’ Choice and SAG awards.

“It would have been easy to dive into this thing as if it were just simply a gangster film,” Depp said at Toronto International Film Festival screening of Black Mass. But director Scott Cooper made it “a story about people,” Depp added. “Present the people, warts and all, and then allow their personality, their way of life, to reveal themselves.”

 

Bulger did not meet with Depp to consult about the role. His lawyer, Hank Brennan, compared Depp’s performance to his work in Alice in Wonderland. “Johnny Depp might as well have been playing the Mad Hatter all over again as far as James Bulger is concerned,” Brennan told People. “Hollywood greed is behind the rush to portray my client, and the movie missed the real scourge created in my client’s case, the real menace to Boston during that time and in other mob cases around the country – the federal government’s complicity in each and every one of those murders with the top echelon informant program.”

Bulger was found unresponsive in his cell by guards at a West Virginia prison. He was captured in California in 2011 after a 16 year manhunt. He was killed on the same day that he arrived from a Florida prison. The Boston Globe reports that an inmate with mafia ties is being investigated for the crime. Bulger was severely beaten. He was 89.

Follow @htshowbiz for more

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close
Natalie Portman will play Jane Foster/Mighty Thor in the new movie.
Natalie Portman will play Jane Foster/Mighty Thor in the new movie.

Thor: Love and Thunder leaked set photos and video reveal a plot spoiler

PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 04:29 PM IST
  • Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and director Taika Waititi are currently filming Thor: Love and Thunder in Australia. A few photos and a video from the sets have leaked online.
Close
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend were seen grooving to Bollywood songs on Saturday night.
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend were seen grooving to Bollywood songs on Saturday night.

Chrissy Teigen jams to Gal Ban Gayi and Jaaneman Aah at a party, watch video

PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 12:48 PM IST
  • Chrissy Teigen took to Instagram to post pictures and videos from a recent night out with husband, singer John Legend, where she enjoyed some popular Bollywood music.
Close
Judas and the Black Messiah movie review: Daniel Kaluuya in a scene from Shaka King's film. (Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)(AP)
Judas and the Black Messiah movie review: Daniel Kaluuya in a scene from Shaka King's film. (Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)(AP)

Judas and the Black Messiah review: And the Oscar must go to Daniel Kaluuya

PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 05:53 PM IST
  • Judas and the Black Messiah movie review: Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield deliver extraordinary performances in Shaka King's politically charged film, co-produced by Ryan Coogler.
Close
Coming 2 America movie review: Arsenio Hall and Eddie Murphy in the movie,
Coming 2 America movie review: Arsenio Hall and Eddie Murphy in the movie,

Coming 2 America review: Eddie Murphy gets more woke and more boring in sequel

PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 11:54 AM IST
  • Coming 2 America movie review: Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall reunite for the dull and boring sequel to their cult hit.
Close
Raya and the Last Dragon movie review: Raya, voiced by Kelly Marie Tran, in a still from the new Disney film.
Raya and the Last Dragon movie review: Raya, voiced by Kelly Marie Tran, in a still from the new Disney film.

Raya and the Last Dragon review: Disney's rip-roaring adventure is vibrant fun

UPDATED ON MAR 04, 2021 07:10 PM IST
  • Raya and the Last Dragon movie review: Kelly Marie Tran and Awkwafina put their own twist on the Mulan-Mushu dynamic in Disney's latest animated adventure.
Close
Chris Evans and his friend on the sets of Captain America: The First Avenger.
Chris Evans and his friend on the sets of Captain America: The First Avenger.

Chris Evans' friend has funny reactions to first Captain America movie's scenes

PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 06:22 PM IST
  • Chris Evans shared a video montage of his friend visiting the sets of Captain America: The First Avenger and reacting to his scenes.
Close
Kristen Stewart essays the role of Princess Diana in Spencer.
Kristen Stewart essays the role of Princess Diana in Spencer.

Kristen Stewart recreates Princess Diana's Portsmouth look on Spencer set

PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 01:04 PM IST
  • Kristen Stewart has been filming for her upcoming movie, Spencer. The Twilight star plays the role of Princess Diana in the movie.
Close
Nick Jonas reveals he missed Priyanka Chopra when she was filming The Matrix 4.
Nick Jonas reveals he missed Priyanka Chopra when she was filming The Matrix 4.

Nick felt 'disconnected' when Priyanka was away in Germany filming Matrix 4

PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 12:37 PM IST
  • Nick Jonas revealed he began the making of his upcoming album Spaceman when his wife and actor Priyanka Chopra was filming for The Matrix 4 in Germany.
Close
Gal Gadot and Jaron Varsano have been married for 12 years.
Gal Gadot and Jaron Varsano have been married for 12 years.

Gal Gadot is pregnant, posts a cute family pic to make the announcement

PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 10:37 AM IST
  • Actor Gal Gadot and her husband Jaron Varsano are expecting their third child together. The Wonder Woman actor posted a cute family picture to make the announcement.
Close
Chadwick Boseman won a posthumous Golden Globe award for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
Chadwick Boseman won a posthumous Golden Globe award for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

Chadwick Boseman's wife breaks down while accepting his posthumous Golden Globe

PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 11:03 AM IST
  • Chadwick Boseman's wife Simone Ledward broke down while accepting his posthumous Golden Globe for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.
Close
Mark Ruffalo won Best Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie at Golden Globe Awards 2021.
Mark Ruffalo won Best Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie at Golden Globe Awards 2021.

Mark Ruffalo talks about environment in Golden Globe Awards acceptance speech

PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 09:23 AM IST
  • Mark Ruffalo received the Best Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie for I Know This Much Is True... at the Golden Globe Awards 2021. The actor, in his acceptance speech, spoke about "Mother Earth."
Close
Emma Corrin won Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series (Drama) for The Crown at the Golden Globe Awards 2021.
Emma Corrin won Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series (Drama) for The Crown at the Golden Globe Awards 2021.

Golden Globe 2021 full list of winners: The Crown, Soul take home awards

UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2021 09:39 AM IST
  • The Golden Globe Awards 2021 winners were announced on Sunday, February 28. From The Crown to Schitt's Creek and I Care A Lot, here’s who bagged the trophies.
Close
Daniel Kaluuya accidentally muted himself.
Daniel Kaluuya accidentally muted himself.

Chaotic Golden Globe Awards 2021 opens the floodgate for Twitter memes

PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 08:00 AM IST
  • The Golden Globe Awards 2021 took place this weekend and Twitter couldn't help but point out the chaos that unfolded at the awards show.
Close
Jennifer Aniston joins Sterling K. Brown and Ava DuVernay to criticise Hollywood Foreign Press Association for lack of diversity in their ranks.
Jennifer Aniston joins Sterling K. Brown and Ava DuVernay to criticise Hollywood Foreign Press Association for lack of diversity in their ranks.

'Time's Up Globes': Hollywood stars called out HFPA ahead of Golden Globe 2021

UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2021 07:17 AM IST
  • Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) were called out by several celebrities for their lack of diversity in their ranks. After stars chanted "Time's Up Globes", the HFPA issued a statement assuring a change in the making.
Close
Golden Globe Awards 2021 live: Chadwick Boseman won a post-humous Best Actor Award for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.
Golden Globe Awards 2021 live: Chadwick Boseman won a post-humous Best Actor Award for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.

Golden Globes: Chadwick Boseman wins Best Actor Drama for Ma Rainey

UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2021 10:01 AM IST
Golden Globes 2021 live: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are hosting the awards ceremony at The Beverly Hilton. Early winners include The Crown and Schitt's Creek.
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP