Saturday, August 29, 2015

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon to team for Irish gangster pic

The co-stars/co-scribes of the Oscar-winning "Good Will Hunting" are bringing the violent tale of Beantown mob king Whitey Bulger to the screen

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon to team for Irish gangster pic

Bulger mugs for the camera. Damon will play him on screen.
Bulger mugs for the camera. Damon will play him on screen.

In an interview in GQ, Matt Damon – busy working on Neill Blompkamp’s Elysium, and getting set to play Scott Thorson opposite Michael Douglas in Liberace – confirmed that he and old buddy Ben Affleck are hatching a Whitey Bulger biopic.  Bulger, the infamous chieftain of South Boston’s Winter Hill Gang, had been in hiding, on the run, for 16 years.  Wanted for multiple murders and other crimes, Bolger was finally found out, and nabbed, this June. Damon will play Bolger, and Affleck, with three directing jobs under his belt (Gone Baby Gone, The Town and the recently wrapped Argo), will boss Damon around on the set.

Damon tells GQ’s Amy Wallace that he’s getting ready to try his hand at directing, too. Co-written with The Office’s John Krasinski, the untitled project, Damon says, “is about a salesman who goes to this small town, and how the salesman is changed by his experience there."


P.S. -- As Media Bistro's Richard Horgan points out, Damon's already played opposite Jack Nicholson, who was doing his impersonation of an Irish-American Boston crimelord not unlike Bulger in Martin Scorsese's The Departed.  

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Steven Rea has been an Inquirer movie critic since 1992. He was born in London, raised in New York City, and has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Iowa City, Iowa. His column, "On Movies," appears Sundays in Arts & Entertainment, his reviews appear in the Weekend section on Fridays. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics.

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