Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Former FBI Agent Zip Connelly Always Wanted To Have A Movie Made About Himself, But 'Black Mass' Is About The Mobster And Serial Killer Who Owned Him

Veteran journalist and author Howie Carr offers a column in the Boston Herald about former FBI agent 'Zip' Connelly and Boston mobster 'Whitey' Bulger.

Zip Connolly always dreamed of watching a Hollywood movie about himself, and now his wish is about to come true.
Alas, this screen gem is not about the heroism of the “decorated hero fed,” as the bent cop always so modestly described himself. It’s about the serial killer who owned him — Whitey Bulger. Tough break for Zip, who in his prime made a training video advising young G-men in training at Quantico, “Never try to out-gangster a gangster.”
Now, in his dotage, doing life in the Florida Panhandle for one of 
Whitey’s contract hits, Zip tries to out-lawyer the lawyers.
And the hero G-man is having every bit as much success in his later endeavor as he did in 
the former.
“Black Mass” screens nationwide next month. Think of this as Zip’s part in the prerelease publicity campaign. Johnny Depp, in the role of Zip’s paymaster, won’t be available for interviews until the actual premiere. In the meantime, Connolly garners a few headlines for the biopic about his capo di tutti capi. 

You can read the rest of the column via the below link:

You can also read my interview with Dick Lehr, the co-author of Black Mass and Whitey via the below link:  

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