By now, you have likely heard that the FBI caught Boston crime boss “Whitey” Bulger with his girlfriend in California. Killing (ALLEGEDLY) as many as 21 people and fleeing (actually) from the FBI after snitching on a rival gang gets you on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list. How does that relate to movies, you might say? Well, in a really good way and a really bad one.
Good reason: Rumor has it, Martin Scorsese used Bulger’s story when making The Departed, the 2006 Oscar winning Best Picture starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Matt Damon, and Mark Wahlberg. Even though Scorsese didn’t write the script, anything that helped inspire The Departed is good in my book.
Bad reason: Yesterday, it was announced that Twilight star Peter Facinelli is now producing and possibly starring in a new film about Whitey Bulger. This is awful mainly because it involves Twilight. Don’t agree? Think of it this way: if someone was to make a film about your life, would you want Martin Scorsese or a Twilight star? But, hey, let’s not jump to judgment. It’s important to look at Mr. Facinelli’s resume.
– Riding in Cars with Boys (2001)
– The Scorpion King (2002)
Ok, it’s getting worse. Maybe he’s a big deal in TV? Well, turns out he’s not a big deal, but he’s not an embarrassing mess. While I didn’t enjoy FX’s Glenn Close legal show Damages, critics seemed to love it. And Six Feet Under was a brilliant show, back when HBO was relevant.
Maybe the new Whitey Bulger movie will be good. Or maybe Twilight will ruin everything it touches. We’ll see next year.