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

In the new film , Johnny Depp plays infamous gangster James “Whitey” Bulger. 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.

Johnny Depp, Dakota Johnson and the rest of the stars of “Black Mass” came to Brookline last night for the U.S. premiere of the Whitey Bulger flick and were greeted by hundreds of cheering, chanting fans who apparently had no hard feelings about Hollywood taking on one of the uglier chapters in Boston history.The city learned about Coolidge Corner Theatre’s decision to host a screening of Black Mass weeks ago, but when Johnny Depp RSVPed, it meant chaos would inevitably ensue.

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. 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. The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star walked the red carpet about halfway, then broke off to go across the street and greet the hundreds of fans who were chanting, “Johnny! 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. Pulling up to Harvard Street in Brookline at 4:30 on Tuesday evening—an hour and a half before celebrities were supposed to arrive—hundreds were already lined up against a set of barricades that stretched along the sidewalks. 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.

Johnny!” He spent about a half-hour signing autographs and posing for pictures and was joined by his co-star Johnson, who looked fab in a white and silver dress, as she pressed the flesh. However, Jesse Plemons, who played Kevin Weeks, director Scott Cooper and Scituate actress Erica McDermott, who played Billy Bulger’s wife, Mary, did walk the carpet. “It didn’t feel like work, I can tell you that much,” she laughed. “It was really exciting.

It’s his life, and I’m playing him onscreen,” Depp saying, noting that it was important that his performance capture as much as possible of the truth – Bulger’s, that of his associates and that of Bulger’s victims. 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.

Carney, Bulger “respectfully declined” to participate in the making of the film, “based on the fact that it’s a film that stems from a book that he’s not, let’s say, most enthusiastic about. 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.

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. He said he was thankful for Carney’s help. “The most difficult thing is when you’re dealing with a person who exists, and you know he’s a man, and certainly a man of honor in regards to the people he loved,” Depp said. “The responsibility is to do the right thing by that person, no matter how good the person is deemed, no matter how bad the person is deemed.

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