Actor Johnny Depp and director Scott Cooper are not your typical Hollywood heavyweights. Depp, though one of the world's most recognized stars, rarely plays typical leading man roles and Cooper is a former actor ("The X-Files," "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me) turned instantly acclaimed director for "Crazy Heart" and "Out of the Furnace."
The pair came together for this year's "Black Mass," a film about real life Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger that won strong reviews -- especially for Depp's menacing performance -- when it opened this year.
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How Johnny Depp signed on for "Black Mass":
On Depp and Cooper's first time meeting, which lasted seven hours:
On Depp not reading screen directions:
On pulling off James "Whitey" Bulger:
On playing someone real, versus a fictional character:
On deciding to make "Black Mass":