The best actors do a lot to research their roles, oftentimes digging deep into the psyche of their characters and gaining or losing massive amounts of weight to play the part right. But Mark Wahlberg could be taking his method acting to a whole new level for a possible upcoming role. The Boston-native told local radio station WAAF-FM on Friday that Whitey Bulger invited him for a visit to his jail cell.
“He wants me to come down and visit him. Maybe he’ll give me the exclusive rights to tell his story, ‘cause he knows, you know, we can do it better than anybody else,” Wahlberg said on the air.
Families of the victims of Bulger are outraged at the invite, fearing that Bulger will tell a very one-sided and perhaps false story for the film, reports the Boston Globe. Billy St. Croix, whose sister was allegedly killed by Bulger, has some advice for Wahlberg: “Be sensitive to people impacted by him and don’t be manipulated. He reached out for that reason because he’s trying to control the situation.”
Bulger is charged with killing 19 people during his reign as mobster in Boston and the surrounding areas. He was captured in Santa Monica, CA, on June 22, 2011 and is awaiting trial at the Plymouth County Correctional Facility.
Wahlberg showed sympathy to the victims’ families on air, but added: “If there’s a story to be told there and, you know, we can do it in the way we want in the way that we best see fit, then, you know, then it’s certainly something that we would explore.”
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are currently collaborating on a Bulger film, with Damon set to play the gangster. Damon also starred in “The Departed” back in 2006, which was loosely based on Bulger’s life and cast Jack Nicholson as Bulger. With Bulger’s invitation to jail, Wahlberg could be next to hop on the Bulger-Hollywood bandwagon.
We don’t hate it. “The Departed” is pretty badass, and it’d be awesome to see Wahlberg’s nitty-gritty take on Whitey. Give me one good reason not to love Marky Mark; I dare ya.
Listen to the full audio of Wahlberg’s radio interview below.