Johnny Depp in his new movie

Johnny Depp is hardly recognizable in his new film called “Black Mass” where he appears as a notorious gangster with blue eyes and grey hair. The trailer of the film was recently released and the 51 years old famous Hollywood star plays Whitey Bulger who was convicted for 19 homicides, black mailing and conspiracies. The film is based on a true story since Whitey Bulger is a real person. What’s more interesting is that the real Whitey who today is 84 years old is also the man who inspired the gangster’s role in Scorsese’s film “The Departed”

“Black Mass” concentrates on the cooperation between Bulger and the FBI through which the dangerous criminal was planning to destroy a rival Mafioso family.  

The international media are talking about a strong comeback by Johnny Depp who had almost ten years to make a big office success, on the big screen, after the “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” in 2006. The more optimistic ones are estimating that the “Black Mass” will be the movie that will give Johnny his first Oscar. Of course Johnny according to the public opinion, is one of the few actors who should have won more than one Oscars year now but as they say better late than never.

And because an actor has to get into character here is a fun fact. Johnny – just like Bulger had issues with the law –  himself in a tough position when he transferred his two dogs illegally to Australia where the new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” is being filmed. Due to that “criminal act” Johnny Depp almost got 10 years in jail.

The Hollywood star, ignored the Australia’s laws according to which, all animals that enter the country must be medically checked, and instead he took his two adorable terriers, Pistol and Boo, and took them with him in his private jet without letting pass the check. The authorities threated that the two dogs would get killed if they didn’t return to USA in 48 hours as it finally happened.

However Johnny Depp was not totally out of trouble. The Committee of the Australian Senate announced that the case would make it to the court and Depp may get himself in jail for ten years. If not that, he might have to pay 243,200 euros. And as if all that is not enough, even the pilot could get 2 years of prison for taking part in all this. The dignitaries called the case “very serious”.

But to get back to the movie, the “Black Mass” is considered to be an office success especially since in the cast there are numerous famous and talented actors included. Some of them are Benedict Cumberbatch, Joel Edgerton, Dakota Johnson, Juno Temple, Kevin Bacon and Corey Stoll. The movie is expected to premiere in November 13th. Take a look at Johnny Depp playing Whitey Bulger and see if you’d be able to recognise him if you didn’t who the actor actually was!


By: Nancy Baker | General | Jan 1 1970
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