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Johnny Depp Chills And Kills As Whitey Bulger In New Black Mass Trailer.

The 107-second tease for the forthcoming Whitey Bulger biopic features star Johnny Depp seated at the dining table, giving some questionable life lessons to his six-year-old son. “It’s not what you do. BOSTON (CBS) – A new trailer for the movie Black Mass provides a look at Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger, who Hollywood dubs “The most notorious gangster in U.S. history.” Along with Depp’s role as Whitey Bulger, Benedict Cumberbatch plays Bill Bulger.

It’s where and when you do it, and who you do it to—or with,” Depp says as an ominous montage of violence cuts in. “If nobody sees it, it didn’t happen.” Bulger is played by Johnny Depp, who is nearly unrecognizable, as he takes on the infamous gangster’s male-pattern baldness, added girth, and dead-eyed stare.

This one’s just as good as the first, featuring images of savage mob violence cut together with Rick Ross’ blistering “The Devil is a Lie.” “I need you to listen very carefully to what I’m saying, because there are lessons and again and again throughout your whole life. Depp’s career direction these days seems to be the opposite of the daring and quixotic choices in the halcyon years when he was working with Tim Burton one day (“Ed Wood”), Emir Kuristica (“Arizona Dream”) the next, and Jim Jarmusch (“Dead Man”) the following day. This time around he’s murdering folks in a variety of ways, ruining a fine pair of shoes on some dude’s face, and intimidating six-year-old kids in front of Dakota Johnson.

If you’re not familiar with Whitey Bulger, he was the brother of Massachusetts senator and also one of the most violent criminals in Boston’s history, who eventually teamed up with the FBI just to get back at a Mafia family that was invading on his turf. In the stranger-than-fiction story, Bulger’s childhood best friend, John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) grew up to be an F.B.I. agent, who brought Bulger into the feds’ fold as an informant to work against their common enemy, the Italian mob. Needless to say, this deal didn’t turn out quite like either party planned, and Black Mass follows Bulger’s escapades during that decade, which included racketeering, drug dealing, murder, and more. Already demonstrating some ‘Godfather’-ish tones in its early photos and the trailer, in “Black Mass,” Depp puts vanity away and stars as a cold-blooded and infamous true-life mob boss from Boston.

Pictures’ film, set in 1970s South Boston, which stars Depp and Edgerton, alongside Kevin Bacon, Dakota Johnson, Jesse Plemons, Sienna Miller, Adam Scott, and, as reported, Benedict Cumberbatch, playing Bulger’s brother. Black Mass isn’t a straight biopic, of course, and certainly plenty of elements are likely to be added for cinematic effect, but from the look of the first trailer, it’s going to be good. It breaks up the relentless gore with moments of levity, like Bulger’s poor parenting or when an elderly neighbor welcomes him back to the neighborhood and congratulates him on his release from Alcatraz ten years ago. He directed Jeff Bridges to an Academy Award win for country singing drama “Crazy Heart” his first time out the gate, and while “Out Of The Furnace” didn’t quite work, it showed a filmmaker channeling ‘70s greats like “The Deer Hunter” and aiming for something much more ambitious and nuanced than you’d expect in a mainstream thriller.

When you think about the fact that Whitey Bulger was a real criminal who would snuff you out for the slightest transgression, it gets you (okay, it gets me) thinking about how that’s probably going on somewhere in the world today and it’s a little bit terrifying. Besides Depp, “Black Mass” stars (take a deep breath) Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemons, Kevin Bacon, Rory Cochrane, David Harbour, Dakota Johnson, Julianne Nicholson James Russo, Adam Scott, Corey Stoll, Juno Temple, W. Earl Brown, Bill Camp, Brad Carter, and Jeremy Strong Based on the book by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill, with a screenplay by Mark Mallouk and Jez Butterworth, “Black Mass” hits theaters September 18 and so you should probably expect a glitzy TIFF premiere beforehand.

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