Having premiered at Toronto Film Festival no more than a day ago, the current rage ‘Black Mass’ has released yet another featurette documenting a brief interview with director Scott Cooper. The interview covers the making of the film, including the unbelievable history of the Bulger brothers and their childhood friend – John Connolly, as well as a personal description of Johnny Depp’s transformation.
This isn’t the first time Depp has portrayed a gangster. In the 2009 bio-pic drama ‘Public Enemies’, he starred as John Dillinger in the depression-era United States. However as of now all signs point to the fact that ‘Black Mass’ is his finest performance in years.
The film also stars Joel Edgerton (‘The Great Gatsby’, ‘Zero Dark Thirty’) as FBI Agent John Connolly; Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (‘The Imitation Game’) as Whitey’s brother, powerful State Senator Billy Bulger; Rory Cochrane (‘Argo’) as Steve Flemmi, Whitey’s closest partner in crime; Jesse Plemons (TV’s ‘Fargo’) as Whitey’s main henchman, Kevin Weeks; and Kevin Bacon (‘Crazy, Stupid, Love.’, TV’s ‘The Following’) as FBI Special Agent in Charge, Charles McGuire.
In 1970’s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster Jimmy Bulger (Depp) to collaborate with the FBI in order to eliminate their common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement while consolidating his power and becoming one of the most ruthless and dangerous gangsters in Boston history.