“He could be charming. He could be ruthless. He was like a cobra—you never knew where he could strike,” says director Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart) of notorious crime boss Whitey Bulger, played by Johnny Depp in Black Mass (out Sept. 18). The film tells the true story of how Bulger, the brother of a state senator (Benedict Cumberbatch), became the most feared gangster in Boston while simultaneously serving as an FBI informant to take down the Italian Mafia.
Depp may not seem the obvious choice for the role of the blue-eyed, fair-haired Bulger, but once he was in character, the effect was palpable. “A lot of people on set knew Whitey intimately,” says Cooper. “They got chills at the resemblance. Some of them couldn’t even look at him.”
To re-create Bulger’s intimidating style and persona, Cooper and Depp pored over surveillance tapes and old FBI photographs. In the scene (shown above) Depp’s Bulger walks down the street after killing a man in a parking lot. “He murdered him in front of numerous witnesses in broad daylight,” Cooper says. “In a word, Whitey was brazen.”
And so was Depp in his portrayal. “It’s easy to be the mustache twirling villain but this performance couldn’t be further from that,” the director says. “He is truly gifted.”
Johnny Depp is back at work as the sauced hero Captain Jack Sparrow in the fifth installment of Disney’s popular Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. “Captain Jack is back and we’re not letting him go,” producer Jerry Bruckheimer tweeted Tuesday. In the photo, Depp’s character looks decidedly panicked as he’s tied up by thick ropes and flanked by two menacing pirates.
Production on Pirates 5 was temporarily halted when Depp left the set after injuring his hand during filming in early March. Following the on-set accident, Depp flew to the United States for surgery. But by the looks of Bruckheimer’s photo, the fifth Pirates film—titled Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales—is back in production in Australia.
The movie includes returning stars Orlando Bloom and Geoffrey Rush, as well as Javier Bardem, who makes his Pirates debut as Captain Salazar. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is slated to hit theaters July 7, 2017.
Filming on Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is expected resume around April 15 on Australia’s Gold Coast after the production shut down for several weeks following star Johnny Depp’s return to the U.S. for hand surgery.
The delay was originally expected to cut into two weeks of filming after producers said there would be a “minimal impact” to the shoot. That break has now extended to at least four weeks after Depp needed a pin inserted in a finger, following an off set accident in early March.
Depp is reprising his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the fifth installment of the billion dollar-plus franchise, alongside Geoffrey Rush and Javier Bardem.
A spokesman for the film told THR that resumption of filming depended on Depp’s recuperation. Filming continued on scenes without Depp after his departure on March 10.
But the delay means that under half the current crew of 400 working on the big-budget Disney feature, the largest ever to film in Australia, have been temporarily stood down, with all to resume when filming re-starts.
According to Fairfax Media reports, “about half of the film’s estimated 400 crew were told last Thursday there would be no more work for at least two weeks”.
Another 14 weeks of shooting remain on the film, with the release date still set at July 7, 2017.
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Filming of the next Piratesinstallment will only be minimally affected, however
Johnny Depp is flying back to the U.S. for surgery after injuring his hand while on location in Australia, where he is filming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
The Hollywood legend was not actually working at the time of the injury, the Wrap reports.
Production of the film is expected to be “minimally impacted” by Depp’s absence and the July 7, 2017, release date remains unchanged.
Shooting for the fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbeanfranchise began last month and is being directed by Espen Sandberg and Joachim Ronning.
Starring alongside Depp is Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men), Kaya Scodelario (Skins), Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent) and Golshifteh Farahani (Exodus: Gods and Kings).
Marilyn Manson and Johnny Depp were reunited on stage Down Under.
The rocker was performing in Brisbane, Australia on Friday night and surprising the audience, he only went and brought out Johnny Depp.
The two have performed together before on a number of occasions including at the 2012 Revolver Golden Gods Awards in Los Angeles, and last year on Halloween.
Clearly they enjoyed playing together, as the Pirates of the Caribbean star was back for more. Picking up a guitar and going for it on stage. They didn’t give a rendition of their Carly Simon’s You’re So Vain cover.
Johnny is currently Down Under to film the latest instalment of the Disney franchise, and the newly wed made the most of a night out by hitting the stage.
A photo of Johnny wearing a pirate-style bandana like his Pirates of the Caribbean character Captain Jack Sparrow, appeared of the actor from the Tivoli venue.
Reports suggest that he hit the stage as Manson neared the end of his gig and joined the star for his song, The Beautiful People.
In 2012, Depp played the electric guitar while Manson sang the same track and also ‘Sweet Dress (Are Made of This)’.
While Johnny had kept a low profile, Manson gave him a shout out.
“If you don’t recognize my personal friend… my personal savior, my personal guitar hero… Johnny Depp,” he said, according to E!.