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Johnny Depp does everything as Whitey Bulger in the Black Mass trailer

07.30.2015

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In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. BLACK MASS tells the story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history. Cue a trailer with great use of music!

BLACK MASS looks like the usual gangster business, although I can't get over how fake Johnny Depp's hair, make-up and contacts look. I appreciate that filmmakers want to go the extra mile in order to make their actors look more like their real-life counterparts, but sometimes it gets to the point where it's distracting (lookin' at you FOXCATCHER) and ends up taking away from the movie. They could've scaled it back, but what do I know? At the end of the day, it's Johnny Depp and he always delivers solid work regardless of the outcome of the film.

BLACK MASS hits theaters on September 18, 2015.

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9:04AM on 07/31/2015
I actually don't mind the eyes and make up. I think his emotionless eyes add to his creepiness. When he's staring down the guy in the dinner scene trailer its scary as fuck.
I actually don't mind the eyes and make up. I think his emotionless eyes add to his creepiness. When he's staring down the guy in the dinner scene trailer its scary as fuck.
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9:17PM on 07/30/2015

While I agree Ed Harris would have been perfect,

Johnny Depp does kill in this role. It's high time that he showed us what he's capable of. He's been coasting for far too long. I'll be looking for this one.
Johnny Depp does kill in this role. It's high time that he showed us what he's capable of. He's been coasting for far too long. I'll be looking for this one.
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8:45PM on 07/30/2015
I have missed this quality side of Depp. It's been too long that he hasn't been in a film that has looked this damn good.
I have missed this quality side of Depp. It's been too long that he hasn't been in a film that has looked this damn good.
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7:24PM on 07/30/2015
Glad my boy Yela getting exposure.
Glad my boy Yela getting exposure.
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6:45PM on 07/30/2015

Looks good

First up, I gotta say this is looking like a really good movie and I'm looking forward to it. Specially glad to see Johnny Depp playing a character that is a bit closer to real life than the theatrical fantasy characters he's had the habit of playing over the past few years.
The only thing I find a bit of a shame is Johnny Depp's blue contact lenses and the way they end up being more of a distraction than a benefit. It's just a fact that blue contacts never really look right on film. Yes I
First up, I gotta say this is looking like a really good movie and I'm looking forward to it. Specially glad to see Johnny Depp playing a character that is a bit closer to real life than the theatrical fantasy characters he's had the habit of playing over the past few years.
The only thing I find a bit of a shame is Johnny Depp's blue contact lenses and the way they end up being more of a distraction than a benefit. It's just a fact that blue contacts never really look right on film. Yes I know Whitey Bulger's eyes were light blue and the film makers are trying to stay true to the character. But Whitey Bulger's pupils also expanded and contracted depending on the light and his emotional state. If he felt anger, excitement or like he was is in danger, his eyes would dilate like every other human being on this planet. They didn't stay pin-prick small all the time day in and day out. This may not seem like a major thing to some. But when focus from what looks like it could be an incredible performance is taken away due to the actors eyes having no spark or life, perhaps it would have been better to err on the side of emotion and character instead of rigidly sticking to every single facet of Whitey's physical appearance. As the saying goes, the eyes are the windows to the soul. In this case, the windows have partially been covered up with light blue, non adjustable Venetian blinds.
In the end though, I'm sure it's still going to be an amazing film and yes, I will be going to go see it. I'm not that much of a jackass that I'll boycott the film over makeup discrepancies. Just needed to get that rant out into the internet ether.
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10:39PM on 07/30/2015
Hopefully... (And I agree with you) His performance detracts from those distractions like makeup, prosthetics, etc.
Hopefully... (And I agree with you) His performance detracts from those distractions like makeup, prosthetics, etc.
1:54PM on 07/30/2015
Looks amazing and its nice to see Depp doing something different. Only thing I didn't like was that awful song.
Looks amazing and its nice to see Depp doing something different. Only thing I didn't like was that awful song.
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1:35PM on 07/30/2015
Some people might find the makeup distracting. If someone's playing Whitey Bulger though, I'd like them to look the part. There's a reason when he was captured that those who knew him thought Ed Harris would be right for the part. Depp is unrecognizable, and to me, that's a good thing.
Some people might find the makeup distracting. If someone's playing Whitey Bulger though, I'd like them to look the part. There's a reason when he was captured that those who knew him thought Ed Harris would be right for the part. Depp is unrecognizable, and to me, that's a good thing.
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1:30PM on 07/30/2015
Hope this delivers as a return to form for Depp. Looks like a very solid movie.
Hope this delivers as a return to form for Depp. Looks like a very solid movie.
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12:59PM on 07/30/2015

This looks amazing, and goes right along with the book.

And whoever read the book knows exactly what i'm talking about. Dude was the fucking devil.
And whoever read the book knows exactly what i'm talking about. Dude was the fucking devil.
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