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Fan frenzy as "Black Mass" premieres in Venice

Friday, September 04, 2015 - 01:04

Johnny Depp, Dakota Johnson and Joel Edgerton send fans into a frenzy as they premiere their new film ''Black Mass'' at the Venice Film Festival. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The cast and crew of Scott Cooper's new gangster film 'Black Mass' brought a touch of Hollywood glamour to the Venice waterside on Friday (September 4) as they attended the film's world premiere at the Venice Film Festival. Joining them on the red carpet were competition jury members Elizabeth Banks and Diane Kruger, who brought along her boyfriend, actor Joshua Jackson. But the name on everyone's lips was Johnny Depp, whose arrival was greeted with perhaps the biggest fan excitement of the festival so far. In "Black Mass", Depp portrays Irish-American gangster James "Whitey" Bulger, who was able to use his position as an informant for the FBI in Boston, USA, to build his powerbase in the criminal underworld. Bulger, 86, who was captured in California in 2011 after 16 years on the run, is serving two life terms in prison for ordering or committing 11 murders during the 1970s and 80s. Depp, who lost Sparrow's shaggy mane and used blue contacts to disguise his dark eyes for the part, said earlier on Friday that although Bulger had declined his request to him for his portrayal, he had worked on the assumption that the convict did not see himself as fundamentally bad. "Black Mass" is screening in the out-of-competition line-up at the 72nd edition of the world's oldest film festival.

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Fan frenzy as "Black Mass" premieres in Venice

Friday, September 04, 2015 - 01:04