Whitey Bulger Furious About “Black Mass” Movie About His Life
The anticipated Johnny Depp film Black Mass, which tells the true story of Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger, hit theaters on Friday (Sept. 18). But, the man himself, who is currently serving two life sentences in a Florida prison, has no interest in seeing how he's portrayed by the Hollywood star.
His defense attorney Hank Brennan tells PEOPLE Bulger isn't happy about the movie.
"Johnny Depp might as well have been playing the Mad Hatter all over again as far as James Bulger is concerned," Brennan said. "Hollywood greed is behind the rush to portray my client, and the movie missed the real scourge created in my client's case, the real menace to Boston during that time and in other mob cases around the country -- the federal government's complicity in each and every one of those murders with the top echelon informant program."
Bulger, 86, refused to meet or even correspond with Depp, according to Brennan, and has no plans to watch the film.
Despite the lack of interaction with the real life "Whitey" Bulger, director Scott Cooper says he captured the infamous figure by relying on archival footage. Furthermore, he tells People he wanted to depict Bulger in a way that "doesn't romanticize or glamorize him."
"It was really important for me to get that right, but also get the city right and to get the men right who had fostered a lot of heartbreak for the city," Cooper said. "Emotional wounds have yet to heal."
Black Mass is in theaters now.