Between the upcoming biopic “Black Mass” starring Johnny Depp and Jack Nicholson’s character in the hit movie “The Departed,” the mystique surrounding infamous Boston crime kingpin James “Whitey” Bulger, who inspired both characters, has captured the public’s fascination.
But interest surrounding the notorious gangster is not limited to Hollywood. Enter Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger, whose documentary, “Whitey: The United States of America vs. James J. Bulger,” gives viewers an up-close look at Bulger’s life story and his 2013 trial.
“I think he has an irresistible narrative,” Berlinger told “Top Line” in an interview. “Here's a guy who was on top of Boston's criminal empire for 25 years, not even charged [with] so much as a traffic ticket. Whitey rises to the top of Boston's underworld, and he has a life of crime, extorting and killing his way to the top.”
A point permeating the film is the relationship between the notorious mobster and the FBI.Read More »from Whitey Bulger: Snitch, mob boss, or Robin Hood?