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New Black Mass Trailer Shows a Darker Side of Depp

New <em>Black Mass</em> Trailer Shows a Darker Side of Depp

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Johnny Depp ditches the drollery for a darker and more dramatic role in the upcoming action drama ”Black Mass.”

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Whitey Bulger (Depp) in “Black Mass”

As a longtime Johnny Depp fan, the new “Black Mass” trailer really has me speechless… and in a good way. Depp, who I once considered to be an actor’s actor, has since departed from the odd and independent at which he excelled and entered the mainstream and light hearted. A move that, although perhaps financially successful, has been both critically disastrous and a let down for so many craft hungry Depp fans like myself. The new “Black Mass” trailer gives Depp fans hope for cinematic salvation.

The film, penned by Mark Mallouk and Jez Butterworth and directed by Scott Cooper, is based on the 2001 book “Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob” written by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill. It depicts the true story of Whitey Bulger, both the brother of a Massachusetts state senator as well as perhaps the most infamous violent criminal in South Boston history. After a prolonged reoccurrence of violent crimes, Bulger becomes an FBI informant to take down an encroaching rival Mafia family.

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Depp in “Ed Wood”

The trailer is both gripping and outright weird. We meet an aged, oddly dull contact lensed, and gruff Whitey Bulger (Depp), who appears to be a crime boss who has in the past spent the better part of a decade serving time in Alcatraz. Given Depp’s ability to excel in roles based on true life characters, such as George Jung in “Blow,” a cross-dressing b-movie director in “Ed Wood,” and Raoul Duke (channeling Hunter S. Thompson) in “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” (meh…why not), this may be Depp’s re-introduction to Drama.

With a jarringly A-List cast also featuring Kevin Bacon, Benedict Cumberbatch, Joel Edgerton, Sienna Miller and Dakota Johnson, this film is either destined for greatness or, with so many chefs in the kitchen, doomed to spoil the broth.

Check out the new “Black Mass” trailer below and let us know what YOU think in the comment section below.

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Since his wee lad-dom, Pooya has been a sommelier of cinema. It was likely some acting bug, fallen from the dust riddled ruby curtains of an enchanted old stage that did it. Those cinematic scarabs must have burrowed deep into his brain, irreversibly altering his mind, turning the poor boy down a dismal path. From his earliest years the strange boy would aimlessly wander the aisles of countless video rental stores, amassing his trivial knowledge with vigor. These actions befuddled the boy’s parents, who still would lovingly oblige his unusual attraction to the motion picture. Often seeking refuge in the cushioned seating of his local movie theater, the odd adolescent would immerse himself in the scripted and effects riddled realities unfolding on the screen before him. During his collegiate years, he was twice spotted on stage performing bizarre theatrical rituals before awe-struck audiences. When he departed from academia, he left behind his youth in exchange for a labor routine, but the strange young man never lost his long-cultivated love of film. Recently, Pooya was approached by to join their budding team of entertainment bloggers. After hours of coaxing and an undisclosed number of honey jars, he accepted their offer. Finally he had come full circle. Finally, at, he was home.

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