Johnny Depp To Star In Another Gangster Biopic
We had last seen Johnny Depp play a real-life gangster John Dillinger in the film Public Enemies in 2009. Now, it’s being reported that Depp shall be seen essaying the role of another real-life gangster Whitey Bulger, in the film Black Mass. For those unaware, Bulger was a famous criminal in the Boston Massachsettes area. Bulger according to many, who remember him, is made out to be a Robin Hood–style social bandit dedicated to protecting the neighborhood and its residents. He was reportedly involved in everything from racketeering, to illegal gambling to drugs.
In fact, he was indicted for as many as 19 murders, which should give you an idea of how dangerous this guy was. Bulger managed to continue with his illegal ways unabated for quite a long time, thanks to the fact that he was also an FBI informant. In other words, in exchange for him helping the FBI out with whatever information it needed on other big criminals, the FBI looked the other way, as far as his illegal activities were concerned. Basically, Bulger was giving the FBI information regarding a very famous Italian crime family of the time.
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Unfortunately for Bulger and possibly even for the FBI, the nexus between him and the FBI was discovered by the media and consequently exposed. This exposé understandably caused the FBI a huge amount of embarrassment. Bulger on his part was forced to flee Boston and went into hiding, as soon as he sensed the noose tightening around his neck. For sixteen years, he remained at large. For twelve of those years, Bulger was prominently listed on the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. He was eventually arrested in 2011 in California.
It needs to be mentioned here that when he was arrested in 2011 he was 82 years old. Many would say that he had already lived his life and would probably die in a few years time anyway, even he wasn’t sent to the chair. Anyway, he has committed unspeakable crimes and has to be punished, irrespective of his age. At the moment, he is awaiting trial for the 19 murders he has allegedly committed. Coming back to the film, it would be interesting to see how Bulger is portrayed in it and whether the legend about him being a Robin Hood of sorts, is given credence. One thing is for sure though; Johnny Depp would do the role of Bulger absolute justice, as there is hardly any role imaginable that this man can’t essay.
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