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Looks Like ‘Black Mass’ Will Go Down in History As the Last Good Johnny Depp Movie

He hasn’t done anything decent since and his career is over.

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by Anonymousreply 47May 26, 2023 1:44 AM

I thought Black Mass was really well done. I grew up near Boston around that time and Whitey Bulger was always in the news. Depp was unrecognizable in that role. Benedict Cumberbatch was a surprise, didn’t know he was playing Billy, and he was very good in a small role. Also most actors overdo the Boston accent (Mystic River was nails on a chalkboard) but Depp’s sounded natural.

by Anonymousreply 1March 21, 2021 12:54 AM

It definitely lived up to the hype.

by Anonymousreply 2March 21, 2021 1:10 AM

I hated it. It was way too slow and the pacing as a whole was a mess. Depp gave a cartoonish performance

by Anonymousreply 3March 21, 2021 1:21 AM

Just recently saw it and it was horribly violent which kind of ruined it for me. No desire to ever see it again.

by Anonymousreply 4March 21, 2021 2:48 AM

It was a surprisingly good performance from Depp in a surprisingly good movie. Even though that should have been Ed Harris's role.

by Anonymousreply 5March 21, 2021 2:50 AM

R4, it's a gangster movie. You were expecting a sing-a-long, maybe?

by Anonymousreply 6March 21, 2021 2:53 AM

I didn’t even think it was all that violent. Certainly a lot less so than a Scorsese flick.

by Anonymousreply 7March 21, 2021 4:23 AM

Bitch look like he auditioning for Rocket Man Part 2.

by Anonymousreply 8March 21, 2021 4:39 AM

You have to go back over a decade to find a live-action movie with Depp in a starring role that I’d consider good. That’s Public Enemies from 2009, and even that one is hardly a classic.

I didn’t hate Black Mass, and it’s not an embarrassment like so many of his other movies, but I wouldn’t call it good.

by Anonymousreply 9March 21, 2021 4:58 AM

I think Johnny is a good actor when he does roles that are unexpected like Black Mass. He was also very good in Benny & Joon, Blow, Ed Wood and What's Eating Gilbert Grape and the avant-garde film Arizona Dream. I think he got too hung up on doing quirky cartoonish roles like Edward Scissorhands, Jack Sparrow and Mad Hatter which made people associate him with being a big ham with no depth. It's funny because he wanted to be taken seriously when younger due to feeling pigeonholed because of 21 Jump Street. But he ended up becoming a parody of himself in middle age. The nasty divorce between him and Amber Heard really hurt his reputation more so than his history of violent behavior and drug abuse.

At least he showed his hot twink ass in Private Resort. He was at the peak of his beauty in Nightmare on Elm Street and Cry-Baby as that was before he disfigured himself with poorly planned tattoos and seemed to stop showering and shaving.

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by Anonymousreply 10May 21, 2021 1:12 AM
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by Anonymousreply 11May 21, 2021 1:14 AM

I live in Boston (Dorchester) and two of the houses on my street were selected to be in the interior/exterior scenes of Black Mass. One is a grand Victorian intended to represent his brother’s house (MA Senate President) and another, a bland 60s ranch was used to represent a thug hitman’s house in a blue collar suburb. The 90 year old owner of the ranch keeps it immaculate but hasn’t updated a single thing since 1965 so it was perfect. The Victorian house’s beautiful grounds were sprayed with vinegar to burn the July summer greenery in order to create a winter scene decorated for Christmas. It was surreal seeing an actual Christmas in July.

Fortunately the production company had to pay me to use my property to run power cords for lighting and such so at least I got some money out of the inconvenience of having yet another shitty production in my hood. A neighbor is in the business so I swear anything “Boston” is at least partially filmed here. The SMILF cast & production company from a Showtime were really cool, though.

Anyway, I think Depp did a good job in a disappointing movie (the accents were more painful than a real Boston accent) but he wasn’t the best choice for the roll by any measure.

by Anonymousreply 12May 21, 2021 2:15 AM

Hard to believe the he used to look like this. He would have aged well and he did for a while until the drugs and alcohol finally caught up to him. Now he is bloated and lost his teeth.

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by Anonymousreply 13May 21, 2021 4:36 AM

[QUOTE] but he wasn’t the best choice for the roll by any measure.

Oh, dear. Maybe brioche would’ve been the superior choice?

by Anonymousreply 14May 22, 2021 2:22 AM

R14 mea culpa. I saw that as soon as it posted but was hoping it would slide. No such luck on the DL 😜. Can I blame auto-correct?

by Anonymousreply 15May 22, 2021 2:59 AM

That "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" JK Rowling shit / whatever was a perfectly adequate movie.

Just because Depp was hated by the time some of these movies were released doesn't mean they were bad movies.

by Anonymousreply 16May 22, 2021 3:07 AM

What are you talking about, R16? That movie was asscheeks.

by Anonymousreply 17May 22, 2021 11:38 AM

R16 that movie bombed

by Anonymousreply 18May 22, 2021 11:43 AM

R16 = that one guy on Twitter trying to convince everyone to give Fantastic Beasts another chance

by Anonymousreply 19May 22, 2021 2:43 PM

Keanu Reeves really is the only 80s teen heartthrob who is still perceived as cool and fresh into his middle age.

by Anonymousreply 20May 24, 2021 4:44 AM

Sad. He had potential and has had some great performances. Now he’s a joke.

by Anonymousreply 21May 24, 2021 4:48 AM

He's an addict with a lot of resources to get help if he wants it. It may end up being court mandated.

I guarantee unless he dies, there will be some memorable Depp performances to come. There is no shortage of work out there for Depp, only a shortage of extremely high paying work that can build his drugged out lifestyle (sleeping late) into the schedule.

My bet is he sobers up at some point. As with all addicts, relapses are part of the game or always a risk, but if he sobers up and wants to work, he will have a full schedule.

by Anonymousreply 22May 24, 2021 5:39 AM

He obviously needs psychological help for whatever mental illness he has. That Rolling Stone expose showed that Depp still has trauma from his childhood that he hasn't worked though. At the end of the day, he's a country bumpkin with no education who got extremely famous and wealthy through his good looks and having some talent. He still has the family history of addiction, mental illness and poverty that continues to haunt him. No different from Elvis or Britney Spears who are also Appalachians. He's like a Faulkner novel.

by Anonymousreply 23May 24, 2021 5:58 AM

Agreed, R23. I'm also not sure that Depp's dance card will be full if he sobers up. Half his appeal came from his looks, and those are gone for good.

by Anonymousreply 24May 24, 2021 3:52 PM

There’s plenty of roles for an older gentleman actor so long as he doesn’t lose his hair.

by Anonymousreply 25May 24, 2021 5:42 PM

I preferred The Departed for accents and story but Depp was okay in Black Mass.

by Anonymousreply 26May 24, 2021 6:14 PM

Yes, The Departed is the better, more memorable film. But I think Depp was more menacing as Bulger than Jack Nicholson’s similar character.

But it can’t be denied that Black Mass is the last good film that Johnny Depp starred in.

by Anonymousreply 27May 24, 2021 10:05 PM

R24 He can still get roles but he would have to settle for roles playing older men or supporting roles. He could do indie films because he has more than enough money and could afford those risks. It seems he was mostly doing the cash cows like Pirates, Alice and Fantastic Beasts to fund not only his immediate family and kids but also his partying lifestyle and extravagant spending habits.

by Anonymousreply 28May 25, 2021 1:47 AM

Johnny finally gets another potentially good movie role.

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by Anonymousreply 29January 22, 2022 12:10 AM


by Anonymousreply 30January 22, 2022 12:38 AM

RDJ was not really marketed as a heartthrob in his youth and he was not conventionally attractive compared to Tom Cruise, Rob Lowe and Keanu Reeves

by Anonymousreply 31January 22, 2022 12:40 AM

People complain here about British actors taking American roles but probably are silent about an American from Kentucky taking the role of a French king.

by Anonymousreply 32January 22, 2022 12:44 AM

‘Black Mass’ was barely seen or released. I've got to see it now, I'm fascinated by the subject.

by Anonymousreply 33January 22, 2022 12:50 AM

No gay rumors or evidence of bisexuality. Likely 100% hetero. Booooring. His 80s twink self would have been so hot in a William Higgins porn.

by Anonymousreply 34January 22, 2022 12:59 AM

R32, you wouldn't be the same person getting testy about the thought of an American buying an apartment in Paris, would you?

by Anonymousreply 35January 22, 2022 1:04 AM

R35 I don't care myself but it's funny how some troll here gets pissed off about British and Australian playing American despite the fact acting is about pretending. Clearly Europeans do not give a shit if they let some hillbilly from Kentucky play a French monarch.

by Anonymousreply 36January 22, 2022 1:06 AM

I wouldn't be so sure, R36. The French DL'er I'm thinking of will probably shit blood when he finds out.

by Anonymousreply 37January 22, 2022 1:08 AM

They shot some of the movie in my city Lynn.

I’ve never watched it. I’ve actually never seen any of the movies shot in my city - Bruce Willis shot some of “Surrogates” in Downtown Lynn, Jennifer Lawrence shot “Joy” in some scenes in Lynn, Adam Sandler’s “That’s My Boy” had a scene shot on the street I lived on, and then there’s “Black Mass”.

Anyways, the movie is really inaccurate.

I hated how they left Debra Davis out. Debra Davis was the real life Elvira from Scarface. She’d have made a wonderful character for the fraus and gays, which I think was an element missing from the movie. The movie needed a Ginger McKenna, Elvira, Penelope from “Blow”. You gotta have some sugar and spice in these mafia films.

by Anonymousreply 38January 22, 2022 1:20 AM

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by Anonymousreply 39January 22, 2022 1:31 AM

Just watched this again recently. It’s a damn good movie.

by Anonymousreply 40March 13, 2022 1:32 PM

Thread still holds true.

by Anonymousreply 41August 17, 2022 12:05 AM

He's just signed to direct a feature produced by Al Pacino and he might be appeating in future "Fantastic Beasts" movies. That trial did him good.

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by Anonymousreply 43August 17, 2022 12:13 AM

It’s a terrible movie and his performance was ridiculous. He looked like a cartoon character and acted the same

by Anonymousreply 44August 17, 2022 12:39 AM

What makes it so terrible, R44?

by Anonymousreply 45August 17, 2022 12:48 AM

I just watched it again last night and I think it’s a damn good movie. Johnny’s performance was solid.

by Anonymousreply 46August 28, 2022 5:37 PM

I’m watching it again on Max. I love this movie.

by Anonymousreply 47May 26, 2023 1:44 AM
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