Saturday 24 February 2018

Sheridan believes film could lead to fugitive's arrest

Jim Sheridan: begins shooting 'Black Mass' later this year.
Jim Sheridan: begins shooting 'Black Mass' later this year.

Ken Sweeney

DIRECTOR Jim Sheridan believes a movie he is making on an Irish American fugitive may lead to his arrest.

Second only to Osama bin Laden on the FBI's Most Wanted List, Boston criminal Whitey Bulger has been on the run for 14 years.

Wanted in connection with at least 19 murders, his story will be told in Sheridan's next movie 'Black Mass' which will star Daniel Day Lewis.

Born in Boston to Irish parents, Bulger rose to prominence as a feared founder of the Winter Hill Gang whose activities included everything from selling drugs to procuring guns for the IRA.

"They say Whitey was in Ireland for a long time with the IRA in Cork and Kerry. This film could make life harder for him. I better not say any more because I could be putting myself in danger," Jim Sheridan said.

Bulger has already provided the inspiration for Jack Nicholson's crime kingpin in the Martin Scorsese film 'The Departed', but Sheridan now wants to make him centre stage in an Irish gangster flick.

"I'm really interested in Whitey's story because no one has really done an Irish gangster movie since Jimmy Cagney. 'The Departed' didn't really count. I think it's a story that needs to be told. It's about a corrupt system and about how an angry guy became the second most wanted man after Bin Laden," said Sheridan (61).

The director has based his script on 'Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob' written by Pulitzer Prize-winning 'Boston Globe' reporters Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill.

The film is expected to start shooting later this year.

Irish Independent

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