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Affleck and Damon reunite for mobster biopic

10.24.2011

Warner Bros. has announced today that they've hired Ben Affleck to direct and star in a biopic about Whitey Bulger, the notorious head of Boston's Winter Hill Gang. It's a timely move, as the mobster was only recently arrested at the age of 81 after being on the lam for 16 years.

Bulger was famous throughout his town for his apparent good deeds to the community while also committing an alleged 19 murders, as well as apparently engaging in illegal gambling and racketeering operations. In the '70s he became an informant for the feds and ratted on the Mafia for years and years and was allowed to run his business fairly free as a benefit. Many public officials had workings with this guy and were shamed when it came to light that he was under their protection.

In December 1994 Bulger received a tip that he was about to be indicted under the RICO act and fled Boston, ending up on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List at the #2 spot, right under Osama Bin Laden. He was finally arrested on June 22nd, 2011 in Santa Monica. It's a great story, to say the least- you can (and should) read up more on this character here.

Matt Damon will star as Bulger, which is an interesting choice, and definitely require some age makeup if they're going to do his whole story. Ben Affleck will co-star as will his brother Casey Affleck, and Terence Winter (creator of BOARDWALK EMPIRE) is currently writing the script.

Affleck and Damon will produce the film under their Pearl Street Films banner, making this film really their own. Affleck's certainly been on a roll lately with all of his critically and commercially successful films (and his upcoming adaptation of THE STAND), so let's see what they can do with this fascinating character.

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10:31AM on 10/25/2011
Team America: "Matt. Damonnnnn". Sorry, can't help it. As for the news, I can't wait for this reunion.
Team America: "Matt. Damonnnnn". Sorry, can't help it. As for the news, I can't wait for this reunion.
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7:55AM on 10/25/2011
As long as Ben Affleck can keep mining Boston for great movies I'm cool with that.

I'm guessing this is to shoot before The Stand?
As long as Ben Affleck can keep mining Boston for great movies I'm cool with that.

I'm guessing this is to shoot before The Stand?
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2:16AM on 10/25/2011
so?
so?
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9:16PM on 10/24/2011

yeah..they did this already

And its called The Departed...Hollywood is officially out of ideas
And its called The Departed...Hollywood is officially out of ideas
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9:40AM on 10/25/2011
Have you even seen the Departed?
Have you even seen the Departed?
10:35AM on 10/25/2011
The Departed was a remake of a film that had absolutely nothing to do with the Irish Mafia or Americans in general. Scorsese only slightly based Nicholson's character on Whitey Bulger. You do realize how that would differ from a biopic, right?
The Departed was a remake of a film that had absolutely nothing to do with the Irish Mafia or Americans in general. Scorsese only slightly based Nicholson's character on Whitey Bulger. You do realize how that would differ from a biopic, right?
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8:23PM on 10/24/2011
This movie sounds AWESOME! I will be sure to follow this one closely until it comes out.
This movie sounds AWESOME! I will be sure to follow this one closely until it comes out.
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5:57PM on 10/24/2011
Ed Harris for older Whitey.
Ed Harris for older Whitey.
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5:33PM on 10/24/2011
Bulger was also the inspiration for Jack Nicholson's character Frank Costello in The Departed.
Bulger was also the inspiration for Jack Nicholson's character Frank Costello in The Departed.
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4:30PM on 10/24/2011
Sounds great. Get Cole Hauser, Minnie Driver, and Robin Williams in this and then we'll have a Good Will Hunting reunion.
Sounds great. Get Cole Hauser, Minnie Driver, and Robin Williams in this and then we'll have a Good Will Hunting reunion.
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5:29PM on 10/24/2011
No. No Robin Williams. PLEASE.
No. No Robin Williams. PLEASE.
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4:16PM on 10/24/2011
never thought i would utter these words but - affleck should direct!
never thought i would utter these words but - affleck should direct!
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4:29PM on 10/24/2011
He is. Didn't you read the article?
He is. Didn't you read the article?
3:45PM on 10/24/2011
not at all against Damon playing this guy but he cant play him if their gonna show him in his young days in which case i would suggest Armie Hammer. I mean look at the man he looks just like him!! Damon and Armie playing the same charactor would be awesome. Damon in mid adult days and old days and armie in young days!
not at all against Damon playing this guy but he cant play him if their gonna show him in his young days in which case i would suggest Armie Hammer. I mean look at the man he looks just like him!! Damon and Armie playing the same charactor would be awesome. Damon in mid adult days and old days and armie in young days!
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