Filming for the movie based on the book Black Mass is taking place around Massachusetts. Last week, they did some scenes on the beach I walked daily as a kid.
I was young when Whitey Bulger was enjoying his reign of terror on Boston and the surrounding communities, and I don’t remember much about it other than a couple news reports from the 1980s. I was busy walking Revere Beach every day. It was often the only way I found peace during a childhood of illness, death and family difficulties.
But in the last year or so, I’ve read a bunch of books on the Bulger case, including Black Mass, and I’ve admittedly become a bit obsessed.
When I read that the movie crew had descended on Revere Beach, turning it into 1970s-era Miami Beach, complete with palm trees and a Cuban cafe, I was delighted.
It brought back a little nostalgia, reminding me of my beach walks. And it increased my appetite for the movie, which is scheduled for a September 2015 release.
Particularly awesome are these videos someone shot of Johnny Depp done up as Whitey. The footage captures extras taking their places and Depp walking around the set. The second video shows all the vintage cars used for the shoot.
The best part for me, though, are the regular folks in the background, bantering like the Revere Beach natives I remember and love.