Johnny's movies

Regarding Black Mass, movies and policy

Posted in joel edgerton, Juno Temple, movies, scott cooper, whitey bulger by Anna Maria Polidori on November 21, 2015

Johnny Depp, Scott Cooper and Joel Edgerton open their hearts about movies, policy and Black Mass

Scott Cooper, Joel Edgerton and Johnny Depp all together for a conversation about all the possible thematics in this world including policy. The main reason for this encounter? Black Mass, where Johnny plays the role of gangster Jimmy “Whitey” Bulger. From Southie, South Boston, Bulger terrorized the city during the 70s and 80s.
When an indictment ready for him and the wind changed he left Boston forever. It was 1995.
16 years later, on june 21 2011 the capture of Bulger and his long-term girlfriend Catherine Greig in the stunning locality of Santa Monica.

The two actors and the director confessed their passions.

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Joel Edgerton hopes someone will realize a good version of the novel: “The Dice Man”. Another movie the actor loves and was involved in was “Animal Kingdom”. The actor described the movie as a “Great window into the criminal world”.

Depp replied he found a version sent by a friend because banned in the USA of the movie: “Bad Boy Bubby” describing the movie as one of the most disturbing movies he has ever seen.
Cooper thinks “Sexy Beast” is great.

Edgerton worked in The Great Gatsby. According to Edgerton “There’s something graceful about a person like a criminal. He’s not pretending to be anything he’s not and that’s beautiful”.

The three starts to talk of policy. The arrival of Donald Trump the American answer at the italian Silvio Berlusconi has in a way animated policy these past weeks.

Edgerton thinks he is saying what he thinks.

Johnny Depp thinks he says weird stuff. But at the same time Johnny thinks that the other guy Ben Carson being a neurosurgeon is not a good choice. ” I don’t want that guy in my brain”.

Black Mass.

Scott Cooper didn’t want to create a fun movie with the story of Whitey Bulger.

Many the comparisons made with The Goodfellas, The Departed, The Godfather. Scott Cooper explains that yes “Goodfellas is a fun movie but…”
The director didn’t want to celebrate Bulger’s life or leaving the spectators with the sensation that the “work” of the gangster was attractive and the gangster a nice chap.
“I had no interest in stylizing the violence”.

Joel Edgerton thinks that the story, being true, didn’t leave too much license. People suffered a lot because of this mobster and his gang, the Winter Hill one. Many people killed by the gangster and their families. All these people needed to be respected.

There has always been peace on set of Black Mass thanks to the clear ideas of the director about the various characters.

In a way Scott Cooper tells that they didn’t have a road map.
“You never know where you’re going to go in a scene because if you do, then that’s what you do in acting class as opposed to really finding it”.

Joel Edgerton in the role of John Connolly was convincing thanks to his adoration for Whitey Bulger.

Edgerton remembers how absorbing was to play the role of Connolly: “I kind of like getting home at the end of the day, exhausted. All I have to do is go to bed and wake up the next day. Not that you’re staying in character, but…”

Johnny is another man doesn’t love methods.
“Lee Strasberg, Constantin Stanislavski’s method…”
Johnny thinks when an actor works with a method and they go home they’re still the character they’re impersonating.
Johnny Depp thinks that: “You’ve got to have fun. If you don’t have fun, you’re in the wrong profession”.

Anna Maria Polidori

sources latimes

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