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Has Johnny Depp exited the Barry Levinson directed Whitey Bulger biopic Black Mass?

May. 30, 2013by: Paul Shirey

Captain Jack Sparrow has abandoned ship! It looks like star Johnny Depp has exited the Barry Levinson directed Whitey Bulger gangster biopic due to budget issues. Depp was set to receive his usual $20 million payday, but when sales for the film didn't drum up much interest at Cannes, the $60-million-budgeted pic was looking to trim some fat, which started at Depp's salary. Apparently, Depp was asked to cut his salary in half to a paltry $10 million, but refused, instead exiting the film.

Joel Edgerton recently joined the film as FBI agent John Connolly and producers will begin pursuing another actor to fill Depp's shoes, hopefully in time to keep the momentum going. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have been pursuing their own Whitey Bulger biopic for years, so perhaps this will give them the opportunity to get the jump on Levinson's film.

Here's the rundown on BLACK MASS:

John Connolly and James "Whitey" Bulger grew up together on the streets of South Boston. Decades later, in the late 1970s, they would meet again. By then, Connolly was a major figure in the FBI's Boston office and Whitey had become godfather of the Irish Mob. What happened between them - a dirty deal to trade secrets and take down Boston's Italian Mafia in the process - would spiral out of control, leading to murders, drug dealing, racketeering indictments, and, ultimately, to Bulger making the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List.

BLACK MASS is scheduled for release sometime in 2014. Depp will next be seen in THE LONE RANGER, out July 3, 2013, with Wally Pfister's TRANSCENDENCE to follow on April 18, 2014, and the recently announced 5th Pirates of the Caribbean film slated for July 10, 2015.

Extra Tidbit: All right, folks, you know the drill. Let's recast Depp. Hit us with your suggestions below!

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12:15AM on 05/31/2013

Throwing some names out

Leo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Joaquin Phoenix, or Edward Norton
If age isn't an issue, i'd love to see Alec Baldwin, Michael Douglas, or Daniel Day-Lewis

Also, with budget cuts there are many changes that have to be made, not just Actor's salaries. Changes to the script and original vision may all be altered to 'fit' within the allowed budget. I highly doubt that Depp would just walk away from this because of his salary deduction. He's rich as hell.
Leo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Joaquin Phoenix, or Edward Norton
If age isn't an issue, i'd love to see Alec Baldwin, Michael Douglas, or Daniel Day-Lewis

Also, with budget cuts there are many changes that have to be made, not just Actor's salaries. Changes to the script and original vision may all be altered to 'fit' within the allowed budget. I highly doubt that Depp would just walk away from this because of his salary deduction. He's rich as hell.
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7:23PM on 05/30/2013

Recast

I see a bit of Jon Hamm in those eyes.
I see a bit of Jon Hamm in those eyes.
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8:51PM on 05/30/2013
I can see that.
I can see that.
5:58PM on 05/30/2013
Apparently it wasn't a film he was passionate about. I wasn't aware Damon and Affleck were still intent on doing this and had assumed it was the same project. In that case, I hope they can take advantage of this.

Even back when they'd just caught Bulger, one of his old cohorts suggested Ed Harris. I'd also mention Colin Farrell, just because there's something in those eyes that made me think of him.
Apparently it wasn't a film he was passionate about. I wasn't aware Damon and Affleck were still intent on doing this and had assumed it was the same project. In that case, I hope they can take advantage of this.

Even back when they'd just caught Bulger, one of his old cohorts suggested Ed Harris. I'd also mention Colin Farrell, just because there's something in those eyes that made me think of him.
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5:00PM on 05/30/2013
I am glad Depp left anyways he is an overrated shit actor who hasn't had done a good role since Blow and even then that may be his only decent role, not to mention he comes off as a douchebag and a European wannabe. Good riddance now a good actor can be cast.
I am glad Depp left anyways he is an overrated shit actor who hasn't had done a good role since Blow and even then that may be his only decent role, not to mention he comes off as a douchebag and a European wannabe. Good riddance now a good actor can be cast.
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4:37PM on 05/30/2013
Ed Harris would be perfect, and looks somewhat like Bulger did back in the day. I don't think it was a bad move for Depp to decline due to a pay cut - If your boss came to you and said "We're making changes around here so you have to take a 50% pay cut" you'd say "fuck that" and quit too.
Ed Harris would be perfect, and looks somewhat like Bulger did back in the day. I don't think it was a bad move for Depp to decline due to a pay cut - If your boss came to you and said "We're making changes around here so you have to take a 50% pay cut" you'd say "fuck that" and quit too.
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6:21PM on 05/30/2013
OK, but when your pay cut is cut down to $10 million, who gives a shit?!
OK, but when your pay cut is cut down to $10 million, who gives a shit?!
4:23PM on 05/30/2013

Happy this didn't get made

Levinson hasn't made a descent film in 15 years.
Levinson hasn't made a descent film in 15 years.
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4:09PM on 05/30/2013

bummer

not judging the behind the scenes business, was just one of the rare times where i was looking forward to him playing an upcoming role, oh well.
not judging the behind the scenes business, was just one of the rare times where i was looking forward to him playing an upcoming role, oh well.
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2:56PM on 05/30/2013

Way to Go Johnny!

I am glad to know that there are still actors in Hollywood that can say "you know, it's not always about the money."
I am glad to know that there are still actors in Hollywood that can say "you know, it's not always about the money."
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2:20PM on 05/30/2013
What a greedy bastard. I thought he actually had class.
What a greedy bastard. I thought he actually had class.
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2:08PM on 05/30/2013
If people want to and are willing to pay him what he wants... who are we to judge him for that? Would you not do the same thing? This is his profession, he does not HAVE to take any project he does not want to.
If people want to and are willing to pay him what he wants... who are we to judge him for that? Would you not do the same thing? This is his profession, he does not HAVE to take any project he does not want to.
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2:05PM on 05/30/2013

he would rather.

Honestly johnny Depp needs to fuck off.
Honestly johnny Depp needs to fuck off.
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1:59PM on 05/30/2013
It would have been great to see Depp in a role that didn't require 5 hours in a makeup chair. Seeing him act like a actual human would have been a refreshing change of pace. Can't blame him for not taking half the money he was promised, but it would have given him the chance to play something other than a cartoon. This film likely has some awards potential also. Oh well.

In his place I think Jason Clark would be awesome and affordable.
It would have been great to see Depp in a role that didn't require 5 hours in a makeup chair. Seeing him act like a actual human would have been a refreshing change of pace. Can't blame him for not taking half the money he was promised, but it would have given him the chance to play something other than a cartoon. This film likely has some awards potential also. Oh well.

In his place I think Jason Clark would be awesome and affordable.
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12:53PM on 05/30/2013
Can't believe he left what sounded like a really good film for him because he had to cut his salary in half. If he were a true actor at this point, he would have taken the cut in sake of the quality of the film.

Very disappointed to read this about Depp. Just goes to show what kind of actor he really is now.
Can't believe he left what sounded like a really good film for him because he had to cut his salary in half. If he were a true actor at this point, he would have taken the cut in sake of the quality of the film.

Very disappointed to read this about Depp. Just goes to show what kind of actor he really is now.
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2:03PM on 05/30/2013
Or has been for the last 15 years.
Or has been for the last 15 years.
6:19PM on 05/30/2013
Is there a reason this kavanagh guy replies to every single Soloist post like a crazy ex girlfriend?

Would love to be filled in.
Is there a reason this kavanagh guy replies to every single Soloist post like a crazy ex girlfriend?

Would love to be filled in.
3:41AM on 05/31/2013
That's what she said....
That's what she said....
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