By Matt Dolloff (@mattdolloff)
Johnny Depp plays the legendary, infamous Boston gangster Whitey Bulger in the movie Black Mass, which comes out September 18. Warner Bros. has released the first images from the movie depicting Mr. Depp as Whitey, and I must say he looks as terrifying as you can imagine.
Entertainment Weekly provided a first look at Depp in the lead role, and based on the photos and acclaim he’s receiving, this will be the most gritty and intense performance we’ve seen from him in quite some time.
Director Scott Cooper said at a recent convention unveiling the movie that Depp’s portrayal of Whitey is “a performance for the ages.” We’ll see if it’s really that great, but it’s refreshing to see Depp sink his teeth into a darker, meatier role than he has in recent years.
Depp has recently been into playing more goofy, eccentric characters, most famously his Keith Richards-inspired Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean series, but now he looks to be taking things a bit more seriously.
OK, maybe a LOT more seriously.
And now, we wait for the first trailer…
UPDATE! Here’s the first trailer:
OK, now that we heard his voice he’s even MORE terrifying. The best part? No cheesy fake Boston accent. Sounds pretty authentic.