Mark Wahlberg isn't the kind of actor who sits around and waits for scripts to land at his doorstep, though they surely often do. Still, the actor is all about going after a story and he's stumbled across quite a big one recently.
The Contraband star told a Boston radio station this week that imprisoned mob boss Whitey Bulger has reached out to him. “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 in the interview.
Well, the prospect of the sit-down with Bulger, who'saccused of participating in 19 murders and was the inspiration for Jack Nicholson's character in The Departed, has enraged victims' families. “They want to glamorize Whitey and those killers. They ruined my whole family,” said Steven Davis, whose sister was one of Bulger's alleged victims. “I have a lot of respect for Mark (Wahlberg). I would hope that he would reach out to us, too.”
Wahlberg does seem to know the interview with Bulger, who was caught last year after 16 years on the run, would be one that had to be handled delicately. “I mean listen, first and foremost I really feel and my heart goes out to the victims of anybody who was, you know, hurt or, you know, anybody who lost loved ones in any of that stuff,” he explained. “But you know, 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.”
If Wahlberg accepts the offer to interview Bulger, it's not as easy as the actor showing up at the Plymouth House of Correction in Massachusetts with a pad of paper next Tuesday, however. According to the U.S. Marshal’s Office in Boston, Bulger would need to put the actor on an approved list of visitors, then Wahlberg would have to go through a background check before being able to get the interview. By Deena on January 14, 2012
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