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.”