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‘Black Mass’ Featurettes “Becoming Whitey” and “An Unholy Alliance”
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In addition to the various trailers and TV spots, Warner Brothers Pictures has also released some featurettes for their crime drama Black Mass, which stars Johnny Depp as mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger.

Below you will find two featurettes, which include cast and crew talking about the movie. The first is titled “Becoming Bulger,” and it focuses on Depp transforming himself into Bulger. The second is titled “An Unholy Alliance,” and looks at the relationship of Bulger, the most powerful crime figure in the city of Boston, his brother Billy (Benedict Cumberbatch), the most powerful politician in the city, and FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton).

SYNOPSIS:

Three-time Oscar nominee Johnny Depp (“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” “Finding Neverland,” the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films) stars as notorious mobster Whitey Bulger in the drama “Black Mass,” directed by Scott Cooper (“Crazy Heart”).

The film also stars Joel Edgerton (“The Great Gatsby,” “Zero Dark Thirty”) as FBI Agent John Connolly; Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Imitation Game”) as Whitey’s brother, Billy Bulger; Rory Cochrane (“Argo”) as Steve Flemmi, another member of the Irish mob; Jesse Plemons (TV’s “Fargo”) as Whitey’s longtime partner in crime, Kevin Weeks; and Kevin Bacon (“Crazy, Stupid, Love.” TV’s “The Following”) as FBI Agent Charles McGuire.

In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James “Whitey” Bulger (Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama 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.

Cooper directed “Black Mass” from a screenplay by Mark Mallouk and Jez Butterworth, based on the book by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill. John Lesher, Brian Oliver, Scott Cooper, Patrick McCormick and Tyler Thompson produced the film, with Brett Ratner, James Packer, Peter Mallouk, Ray Mallouk, Christopher Woodrow, Brett Granstaff, Gary Granstaff, Phil Hunt and Compton Ross serving as executive producers.

The film also stars Dakota Johnson (“Fifty Shades of Grey”) as Lindsey Cyr, Whitey’s former girlfriend and mother of his only child; Julianne Nicholson (“August: Osage County”) as John Connolly’s wife, Marianne; and Adam Scott (ABC’s “Parks and Recreation”) as FBI Agent Robert Fitzpatrick. Rounding out the main cast are David Harbour (“End of Watch”), Brad Carter (HBO’s “True Detective”), W Earl Brown (“Draft Day”) and Corey Stoll (“The Bourne Legacy”).

Black Mass will be released on September 18th here in the States, and on November 27th in the UK.

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[Source: Warner Bros. Pictures]

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