While critics have been lauding Johnny Depp’s performance as a cold-blooded mobster in the inevitable No. 1 movie Black Mass, there is one particular detractor from the film who is making headlines.
James “Whitey” Bulger himself.
The film chronicles the rise to power of the former leader of the Boston mob Winter Hill Gang, and uses the hard evidence that put him behind bars for the rest of his natural life to propel the film.
Still, Bulger has a bone to pick with Depp and through his attorney, he released a scathing statement to express his disapproval for the movie.
“Johnny Depp might as well have been playing the Mad Hatter all over again as far as James Bulger is concerned,” Hank Brennan relayed to 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.”
The 86-year-old gangster reportedly isn’t remotely curious about Black Mass and has no plans to see the film. He also refused to consult with Depp during production.
Bulger was arrested in 2011 after being wanted by the FBI for 16 years. In 2013, he was sentenced to two consecutive life terms plus five years for charges that included being linked to at least 19 murders.
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