BOSTON (CBS) – Whitey Bulger’s life of crime sounds like a movie. It’s certainly been an inspiration for Hollywood, including Jack Nicholson’s character in The Departed.

One of Nicholson’s co-stars had an interesting take on Bulger’s arrest.

Dorchester native Mark Wahlberg was home in Boston Friday night.

Wahlberg played a crooked cop alongside Nicholson in The Departed.

On Friday, he told WBZ-TV’s Jim Smith he thinks Bulger’s life is definitely worth another movie.

WBZ-TV’s Jim Smith talks to Mark Wahlberg

“The smart thing to do is to stay pretty close and be inconspicuous. The fact he was able to do that for quite some time is pretty amazing,” said Wahlberg.

“Hopefully there’s another story to be told and maybe we’ll get to do it in a way that I have more control and it will be a little more realistic.”

So, did Bulger see The Departed? And did he like it?

Wahlberg guessed that Bulger had seen The Departed a number of times.

“I think he’s got a pretty elaborate DVD collection. He didn’t go out that much,” said the actor.

And if he didn’t like Nicholson’s portrayal, well… the former head of one of the most notorious gangs in Boston probably could have done something about it.

“If Whitey didn’t like the portrayal of Jack, he was probably 10 minutes from Jack’s house… and five minutes away from where Jack and I play golf,” said Wahlberg. “I probably crossed paths with him a few times and didn’t know it, wouldn’t have known.”

Comments (12)
  1. Teruo Takahashi says:

    It was Matt Damon that played the crooked cop alongside Jack Nicholson in The Departed.

  2. Bill Thompson says:

    More shoddy journalism, do you folks check any stories for facts before you print them or is it all about sensationalism?It was Matt Damon playing the crooked cop.

  3. Karen says:

    It is correct that Damon played the crooked cop in “The Departed”. I wouldn’t necessarily call it shoddy journalism; I can see how one could mix up two Massachusetts natives, both playing cops in the same film. Let’s give the reporter the benefit of the doubt. I personally would have cast Wahlberg as the crooked cop and Damon as the good cop.

    1. Biggie1571 says:

      Are you kidding me! The journalist got the story wrong! Thats shoddy journalism! Your not a casting director thank god!!

  4. E.M. says:

    Whalberg’s character wasn’t exactly a golden boy, so it’s easy to confuse. And given the ending, there could be a lot left to interpretation.

    1. Biggie1571 says:

      Dummy, Did you even see the movie??? Whalberg shot the dirty cop played by Damon fool! Other than shooting a dirty cop Whalberg’s character was a golden boy!

  5. jojo says:

    Why are people romanticizing this? Whitey is a dirtball.

  6. Sandra Jack Shaw says:

    Mark Wahlberg does kill Matt Damon’s character at the end of The Departed. But, he is viewed as a hero for doing so. I have it from the source that one of the actors from The Fighter would be a great fit to play Whitey Bulger in a movie. How appropriate would that be…a Boston native portraying one of the most infamous Boston mobsters. And this actor is one of the nicest guys I know. Karma.

  7. Jeff C says:

    Another movie as long as they don’t do those poorly impersonated boston accents. Just speak normally. No need to go to the Kennedy school of speech training! Remember Diane Lane in the Perfect Storm. Her voice ruined that film. Mark Walhberg and Matt Damon also need to throttle back on the “R” dropping speech.

  8. Lori says:

    Please, if you think for one minute that they didn’t know where he was all this time, with his niece living right down the street… as if they were not following every member of that family!! Come ON!!!

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