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Johnny Depp talks 'Black Mass' in Venice

Friday, September 04, 2015 - 01:48

Depp's evil side came naturally in his portrayal of gangster James Bulger in 'Black Mass'. Rough Cut (No reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Johnny Depp said he didn't have to dig deep to tap into his evil side for his portrayal of the Irish-American gangster James "Whitey" Bulger in the film "Black Mass", which screened out of competition on Friday (September 9) at the Venice Film Festival. He described the evil in himself as an old friend. The movie's director, Scott Cooper, added that witnessing Johnny's transformation from a "soulful and kindhearted human" to a sociopath was a transformation he rarely sees. Bulger, 86, who was captured in California in 2011 after 16 years on the run, is serving two life terms in prison following his convictions for ordering or committing 11 murders during the 1970s and 80s. "Black Mass" explores Bulger's reign as the boss of the Irish-American underworld and the close connections he forged with the FBI which used him as a paid informer in order to crack down on the rival Italian-American mafia, but at the same time turned a blind eye to his own criminal activities.

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Johnny Depp talks 'Black Mass' in Venice

Friday, September 04, 2015 - 01:48