Johnny Depp is coming. Johnny Depp is coming. And his glamour precedes him.

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Fans jam Coolidge Corner to see Johnny Depp, ‘Black Mass’ stars.

As “Black Mass” premiered last night at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, Hollywood was anxious to reveal the nearly $20 million it said the movie about James “Whitey” Bulger contributed to the economy during filming here, but the state was unable to say how much it gave in tax credits. The film looks at Bulger’s reign as the boss of the Irish-American underworld and the connections he forged with the FBI which used him as a paid informer in order to crack down on the rival Italian-American mafia. “I approached James Bulger as a human being who … was multifaceted and did have a side to him that was … human, loving and all that,” Depp said at a news conference. BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — A movie about gangster James “Whitey” Bulger’s violent reign as leader of Boston’s criminal underworld got its first screening in the state Tuesday.

My eyeballs are black as the ace of spades,” Depp, 52, said, so hand-painted blue-eyed contact lenses were used. “They needed to be piercing.” “Really, it’s just shooting from the hip. Charlie Baker’s Office and the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, whose spokeswoman, Kristen Sabella, said in an email: “The 2014 filings for individual taxpayers are still being processed, and we do not yet have access to what has been filed with the Department of Revenue.” A 2014 production like “Black Mass,” if it applied for a tax credit, would appear in a Department of Revenue “transparency” report, which will not be released until next year, Sabella said. I think around the country it will probably be largely watched because they have heard a lot of the stories or read something in the paper.” Walsh, who grew up in Dorchester, said some people might be concerned about seeing another movie showcasing violent crime in Boston, but he think’s it’s great if Hollywood wants to keep coming back to the Hub. “In a way, it’s promoting Boston,” he said. “Not in a positive light … but they don’t just make crime movies, they make other movies.

Some gawkers held signs welcoming supporting cast members such as Dakota Johnson, but the A-lister that most people hoped to see was Johnny Depp, who plays the notorious crime boss in the film. The Motion Picture Association of America, meanwhile, was able to provide details of the money the production spent in Massachusetts, including more than $8.5 million on the 662 local cast and crew members who were hired, $2.7 million on location fees, $820,000 on car rentals, nearly $560,000 on wardrobe purchases and more than $453,000 on catering, bakery goods and other food items. “These latest figures make clear what many local workers and businesses already know: The production of ‘Black Mass’ was a driver for economic activity every day it spent in Massachusetts,” former U.S. Frauke Sand, 46, of Brookline, hesitated when asked what her favorite Depp movie was, before citing “Pirates of the Caribbean,” an action franchise that has grossed millions. He’ll be joined at 6 p.m. on the red carpet by Dakota Johnson, Cooper and other cast members, as well as Patriots Patrick Chung, Stephen Gostkowski, Jabaal Sheard and Nate Ebner.

But the movie has also drawn criticism from victims’ relatives, who say Hollywood is glamorizing a man who terrorized Boston for decades. “It’s amazing. I feel like [Depp] came here just for me or something,” Liora said. “He’s the only movie star who’s not part of the illuminati.” Brookline police officers guided vehicular and pedestrian traffic, clearing the theater entrance of fans who lacked media credentials and telling spectators in clipped tones to pass through crosswalks. Meanwhile, helicopters hovered above the theater, which was adorned with a red carpet and large “Black Mass” posters featuring Depp in the aviator sunglasses and tight-fitting leather jacket that Bulger sported in the 1970s. While Whitey Bulger rose to become one of the city’s most powerful criminals, his brother William Bulger became one of the state’s most powerful politicians, serving as president of the state Senate from 1978 until 1996.

Cast members began arriving shortly after 6:30 p.m., to rousing cheers from the crowd, many of whom stood on tiptoe and held up cellphones to snap photos from hundreds of yards away. Depp reemerged shortly before 8 p.m. and walked along the barricade, signing autographs for delighted fans, who shouted “Johnny!” and “thank you!” as the Hollywood kingpin pressed the flesh, flanked by security guards.

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