Johnny Depp’s latest film is the crime thriller “Black Mass.” In it, Depp plays notorious Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger, a man who was convicted of 11 killings and one of the nation’s most-wanted fugitives until his 2011 arrest in California.
“Black Mass” is one of the more highly anticipated fall film releases and thanks to its positive reception by film critics, is currently “certified fresh” by Rotten Tomatoes.
One person who is not at all a fan of this Johnny Depp-led piece of cinema? Whitey Bulger himself.
“Johnny Depp might as well have been playing the Mad Hatter all over again as far as James Bulger is concerned,” Bulger’s defense attorney Hank Brennan tells People magazine. “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.”
Brennan told the magazine that the 86-year-old criminal and former FBI informant refused to meet or even correspond with Depp during filming. Bulger, who is serving two life sentences in a maximum security federal prison in Florida, has no plans to ever watch the film — even if it becomes available for viewing at the prison in which he’s being held.