A fight has broken out with two former Bostonian’s who are now big Hollywood movie stars. The battle is over the rights to the story of James “Whitey” Bulger. Bulger is a former Irish gang member who was running from the FBI for the past 16 years until his arrest last June.
From the 1950’s until his relationship with the FBI fell apart in 1996, Whitey Bulger was a big player in what the city of Boston calls organized crime. When I say the relationship with the FBI, what I really mean is he was a snitch. Bulger fed information to the FBI for years about the operations of the Patriarca crime family that runs everything in New England from Providence to Boston. For this information, Bulger was allowed to conduct business as he pleased in South Boston. The photo above is some of Whitey Bulger’s handy work.
On one side of the fight is Academy Award winner Matt Damon, who is already in the process of developing a Bulger movie with Warner Bros. On the other side is Mark Wahlberg, who said he might visit the subject himself in prison to get his personal blessing. Ben Afleck has joined his old friend Matt Damon in trying to make the film. “We’ve heard about Whitey Bulger since we were kids,” Afleck said in a statement.
Wahlberg says he can “do it better than anybody else.” I like both Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg, and I think either of them would do a great job in making this film, but I ask both sides that if you do tell the story, tell it accurately and don’t glamorize a guy who spent most of his life as a snitch. It’s a bad message to send to other kids in the neighborhoods of South and East Boston.
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