Johnny's movies

Scott Cooper: my Whitey Bulger

The director of the movie Black Mass reveal details of the characterization of the mobster

Pictures, tapes, books and a good script. This one the strategy adopted by the director Scott Cooper and Johnny Depp for giving life at the powerful and terrible mobster of South Boston: James/Jimmy “Whitey” Bulger.

“Whitey”
whitey once discovered that a production involving his personal life would have born soon strongly refused to meet Scott Cooper and Johnny Depp when the two wrote him in jail.

So, the characterization of the mobster passed through the tales of people, numerous and still alive, who had had the chance of meeting Bulger in South Boston.

The director Scott Cooper explained days ago:

“A lot of our crew were from South Boston and many of them knew Whitey”.

How did they live Johnny’s characterization?

“They said it was like a ghost coming back.”

Black Mass Book Cover

Of course the director of the movie read the book Black Mass: Black Mass Book Cover Whitey Bulger, the F.B.I. and a devil’s deal by Dick lehr2sm Lehr and Gerard O’Neill.

There will be a special appearance as an extra in the movie of the Boston Glob reporter Dick Lehr in the role of himself searching for informations regarding “Whitey” in a cafè of Boston.

Director of Black Mass with Dick Lehr (Boston Globe picture)

People said Cooper “Talked about the way “Whitey” moved his body, the way he held his head and arms”.

Joel Edgerton, in the role of John Connolly, the special agent of the FBI close friend with Whitey Bulger admits:

“Johnny is already a mysterious character, with a certain rock-star aura. By the end of filming I’d spent more time with “Whitey” Bulger than the one I’d spent with Johnny”.

Anna Maria Polidori

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