What’s the opposite of selling out? Buying in? Because whatever it is, that’s what Johnny Depp is doing in the newly released trailer for the true-crime drama Black Mass:
Depp plays Whitey Bulger, the notorious Irish-American gangster who was brought to justice in 1999 after several decades of ruling the Boston crime world with an iron fist. (Jack Nicholson played a fictionalized version of Whitey in 2006’s The Departed.)
The film also stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Bacon, Sienna Miller and Dakota Johnson, but judging from the trailer, it looks like Depp’s turn as Bulger will make or break this thing. And for the first time in a long time, it looks like he’s giving it his all.
As you may have heard, Depp’s drinking has reportedly gotten out of control in recent months, and insiders say his career choices and his personal life have suffered as a result.
Many hoped that after Depp married Amber Heard back in February, he’d begin to settle down a bit. (He is a 51-year-old father of two, after all.)
Instead, he’s seemed to be more off the rails than ever. Just yesterday, Depp resurfaced in Australia after disappearing from the set of Pirates of the Caribbean 5.
Of course, what’s more important to fans of the man’s work is the fact that his movies have sucked lately.
Anyone remember Transcendence? Mortdecai? Anyone chomping at the bit for more family-friendly drunk pirate wackiness in POC5?
We didn’t think so. Now, a gritty gangster drama based on a real-life badass? There’s something we can sink our teeth into. Just don’t tell us what it’s marinated in.
Black Mass hits theaters on September 18.