Johnny Depp on the Set of “Black Mass”

Posted on June 10, 2014

Is Johnny Depp capable of acting without the use of extensive costuming and makeup?

 

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From a costuming perspective, this is all really well done and recreates a period of time while establishing the character (Whitey Bulger), right down to his Alcatraz belt buckle. But we’re sorry, his face looks freakish. He probably has to spend hours in a makeup chair to turn him into a blond, blue-eyed man, which of course forces the question of why they didn’t just cast a blond, blue-eyed actor in the role. Without doing a scientific study or anything, we’re going to go out on a limb and suggest that blond, blue-eyed actors are not exactly hard to find in Hollywood.

 

 

 

 

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    • RussellH88

      He looks like if my grandfather and Jack Nicholson had a baby.

      He’s always been interested in these transformative roles, so many of his most famous performances have included wild hair and make-up. Sometimes this is a good thing (Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Sweeney Todd), and sometimes this is a bad thing (Alice in Wonderland)

      • http://redheadedwolf.wordpress.com/ Laura Renee

        Add Lone Ranger to the bad thing list, Jack Sparrow to the good thing list.

        • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

          I didn’t think The Lone Ranger was that bad, and the last 15 minutes were thrillling.

          • http://redheadedwolf.wordpress.com/ Laura Renee

            How was his character and costume not an offensive caricature, though?

        • boweryboy

          Plus Willy Wonka. That movie was a hot mess.

          • http://redheadedwolf.wordpress.com/ Laura Renee

            I think the verdict is split on that one. :)

            • barbarienne

              I wonder how much of that jury is split on age lines. I might have liked Depp’s Wonka if I didn’t think it was an insult to Gene Wilder’s genius.

            • Kim Elmore

              I’m 50 & love both versions

            • J. Preposterice

              I’m 36 and also love both versions. They’re different adaptations of the book, and that’s fine by me.

            • random_poster

              I agree with you. My kids like the Depp Wonka, whom I found creepy. I loved Gene in the role and they don’t like that version at all.

            • MoHub

              But Depp’s Wonka was much closer to the Roald Dahl original.

            • JulieTy

              And Dahl LOATHED the Wilder version.

            • barbarienne

              I disagree. I thought Depp shed all the understated menace that Dahl put in the character. Depp turned Wonka into a sad victim of poor socialization, not so different from the ill-raised children he’s teaching lessons to. Whereas Wilder has this faux-merriment overlying a dark streak of malice that says he knows exactly what he’s doing, which is what I got from the books.

            • formerlyAnon

              I think I’m with you on the characterizations. I think Depp’s creepy is the neighbor who makes parents say “We like Mr. Wonka, he’s had a hard life, but no. You may not go into his house unless one of us is with you.” Wilder’s is the charming neighbor whose potential for subtle harm is easily overlooked.

              My favorite moment in the entire movie is Wilder’s low-key, deadpan warning as one of the bratty kids rushes into trouble “No. . . . Don’t. . . . Stop.”

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              I’m a huge fan of the Gene Wilder Willy Wonka, for that scene, among others. As for the author loathing that adaptation, that is not unusual. Unless an author can finance the movie version, or has so much clout that they get script approval or write the screenplay, it happens.

            • barbarienne

              Dahl is credited with the screenplay. I assume he didn’t like what the director and cast did with it?

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              I didn’t know that Dahl got a screenplay credit. I also don’t know much about the filming or the decisions made in editing the final version. I suspect that a lot can happen between initial filming and the final cut. As an unhappy author, Dahl has company-P.L. Travers didn’t like Disney’s “Mary Poppins”, Steven King disliked the Kubrick version of “The Shining”. Authors and Hollywood are very iffy relationships.

            • demidaemon

              Indeed. if you are an author who is “lucky” enough to have your book made into a movie, sometimes it is just better to take the money and run.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              That would be my choice, if I’d ever had the chance. I used to read Steven King avidly(about 100 books ago, the guy writes so darn much), and The Shining was one of my favorites. I wasn’t totally onboard with Kubrick’s version, but it did give us that priceless Jack NIcholson moment-“Wendy, I”m HOME!” which my twisted little heart will always treasure.

            • demidaemon

              I’ve never read any of his work–horror isn’t really my bag–but I love the movie. It’s scary and creepy and sometimes weirdly humorous without treading too much into nightmare territory. At least, that’s how I felt, as I avoid horror pretty much any way I can.

            • zmayhem

              I sat in on a screenwriting seminar once given by a UCLA prof who was just old enough to have met some of the seriously old old guard before they passed, and one of his favorite stories was of going to some writers’ gathering as a very young man and being cornered by one of the now very elderly Epstein brothers, who unloaded a decades-old but still bitter rant at some length about all the ways in which Michael Curtiz had butchered, butchered Casablanca and how the entire movie was a travesty and an insult to what they’d written. The young writer stood there and listened to it all, nodding politely and thinking, “Please, please God, some golden day please let something I write be butchered like that.”

            • demidaemon

              That’s kind of how I feel. One of my professors told a horror story about getting his book made into a film (I don’t remember the specifics), but I do know that every time the film rights are optioned on a book, if your agent is doing their due diligence, an author has a chance to make money.

            • snarkykitten

              As someone who loves Roald Dahl and used to think at the time that everything Tim Burton/Johnny Depp was gold, naw. The only redeeming part of the entire movie was Danny Elfman for putting the original songs to music,

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Burton/Depp have done some good work together, but their Wonka was not one of them, in my opinion.

            • AnaRoW

              I didn’t see any connection between Depp’s Wonka and Gene Wilder’s so it never occurred to me that Depp was insulting Wilder. My problem is that neither performance has any connection, that I can see, to the Roald Dahl’s version of Willy Wonka. I guess I just didn’t realize that Wonka was a totally creepy guy that anyone in their right mind would run screaming from.

            • http://redheadedwolf.wordpress.com/ Laura Renee

              I didn’t think it was an insult either — just two different interpretations. For those who love the Wilder version, Depp’s movie shouldn’t be able to detract from it at all.

            • barbarienne

              Sorry, I didn’t mean to imply that Depp was insulting Wilder. I think he did the opposite, by not trying to re-create Wilder’s version.

              The insult, in my mind, was anyone attempting to remake the movie at all. But I feel that way about a lot of movies.

            • fursa_saida

              When I heard they were trying to remake Point Break I practically hit the ceiling. There was also some talk about a West Side Story remake recently. Why? Why remake movies that have already been made as perfectly as they could possibly be made?

            • barbarienne

              Hollywood used to re-promote and re-release movies to the theaters. I realize Blu-Ray/DVD/Netflix have made theater-watching unnecessary, but I can’t help thinking there’s profit to be had with a careful selection of “See it as it was meant to be seen!” re-releases. All the cost of making the film is done. Would a re-released film bring in enough $ to justify the promotion and distribution expense? I would suspect a knock-on effect of also boosting home sales.

            • formerlyAnon

              THIS. I loved Wilder’s Wonka so much it would have been amazing if I’d loved anyone else’s.

              But what I really HATED about the Depp Wonka was his creepy persona, which is probably not the actor’s fault. The character was written and directed as such.

            • SugarSnap108

              To add absolutely nothing to this discussion: I’m enjoying the phrases “Depp’s Wonka” and “the Depp Wonka.”

            • StellaZafella

              I think you’ve coined a new phrase for over produced characters and spectacles in general…as in: “Oh that was such a Depp Wonka!” 3 thumbs up!

            • KinoEye

              I’m 24, and Gene’s Wonka is the only Wonka for me. His blend of eccentricity, innate intelligence and subtle menace made the character. Also, I’ve always had a crush on Gene, so I’m biased. Something about funny guys with interesting hair just does it for me. See also: Harold Ramis, Bill Murray and Eric Idle.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              There is also, at the end, a sweet quality about Wilder’s Wonka when he can finally reveal to Charlie that he’s giving him the chocolate factory-it comes across as genuine.

            • KinoEye

              Right? One of the things I love about him as an actor is how his eyes always seem to be twinkling — like he knows something really, really wonderful that we don’t know. And that definitely shows through at the end. Despite how jaded and disillusioned he’s become, he’s truly thrilled to give Charlie that gift and to see his happiness. Just lovely.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              You’ve reminded me of Wilder’s speech in The Producers when he’s speaking to the judge about the con, and the “dear ladies”

            • barbarienne

              That twinkle works so well both ways. Kindly at the end, but also malicious on this line:

              Violet: By gum, it’s gum!”
              Wonka: WRONG!

              Ooh, that sarcastic “Wrong!” with the sparkly-eyed grin that precedes it…

            • J. Preposterice

              it’s kind of interesting when you compare it to a role like Jim (Blazing Saddles), where that twinkle is almost entirely absent. Jim’s eyes make him look like he might smile at any time, but they’re so…quiet.

              Some actors are just so great with their features.

            • fursa_saida

              I’m 26 and I vastly prefer the Wilder version.

            • donna

              It was so different from Gene Wilder’s version and actually closer to the book so how exactly was it an insult to his version?

            • boweryboy

              I hear yah. It’s one of my top ten favorite books of all time.
              I loved that it was faithful to the book – moreso than the ’70s version. I was excited that Johnny Depp was playing Willy Wonka – it seemed like a no brainer.

              However, I was disappointed that Depp’s role seemed like a rehash of his Mad Hatter, and the Willy Wonka Daddy issues backstory bogged down the final act of the movie.

            • donna

              Charlie & The Chocolate Factory came out 5 years before Alice In Wonderland so how was his Willy Wonka a rehash of The Mad Hatter?

      • Paigealicious

        He reminds me of Johnny Knoxville in “Bad Grandpa.” No disrespect to your grandpa :)

      • Anapestic

        If your grandfather and Jack Nicholson had a fling, then you must have some great stories, and I hope you’ll be sharing.

      • conniemd

        I immediately flashed on Jack Nicholson as well.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Building a character by using makeup and costuming is quite common, and I believe that it is an accepted practice. I don’t have a problem with the casting or Depp using these tools. Not to put Depp on the same plane with Olivier or Alec Guinness, but those two actors were known for developing certain roles through the use of physical tools.

        Sometimes it is effective, as you noted, and other times (The Lone Ranger, Alice) it is far less so.

        • RussellH88

          I was watching Juarez with Paul Muni about a year ago (It would have been Bette Davis #40 for me, but the DVR recording was messed up) and the make-up on Paul Muni was so thick that he seemed unable to emote. It looked like he was trying to act through a mask.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            It’s quite something to watch some of the older movies and see how very heavy makeup was; when it has that mask-like quality it does detract from the performance.

        • Heatherbelle

          Oh yes, Alec Guinness playing George Smiley absolutely masterfully with the big thick glasses that he polishes absentmindedly with his tie, and the shapeless overcoats. Now that was effective. Depp I have doubts about.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Guiness was such a master. I loved his George Smiley, as well as his Prince Faisal in Lawrence-the scene between Lawrence and Faisal in Faisal’s tent when they talk about the lost gardens of Cordoba….well, the man was a genius.

      • fursa_saida

        Which is hilarious to me, because we already had Jack Nicholson Whitey Bulger (in The Departed) and is there really any need for another one?

    • Musicologie

      Man, those contacts are freaky.

      I didn’t really see him as Depp until the picture where he’s waving.

      • Sarah

        Yeah, contacts no bueno. I’ve seen pics of Whitey Bulger, and I didn’t realize he was both a crim AND a terrifying demon.

        • Anna

          I was honestly thinking “Black Mass” meant Depp was playing a warlock by the look of those freaky eyes. This will haunt my dreams.

      • MK03

        Seriously. He just looks wrong with blue eyes.

    • Capt. Renault

      Was James Caan not available?

      • MW

        I thought of Willem Dafoe. Even if they had to make him look younger it would require less prosthetics. .

        • Capt. Renault

          Cary Elwes could make this work, easy. Much better than Johnny.

          • Carleenml

            but Matt Damon could’ve nailed the accent. We’ll see.

          • Danielle

            I absolutely agree with Cary Elwes. Mostly because he doesn’t get enough mainstream work to satisfy me.

      • anneshirley

        I could be wrong but I *think* the reason he’s starring in this is because his production company owned the rights to the book — and he wanted to do it.

      • conniemd

        I figure if Viggo Mortensen could play Freud, he could have done this and he has blue eyes and does blonde well.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Given Caan’s age, if the movie covers the earlier part of Bulgur’s life, they would have had to cast a younger actor for that part of the movie.

        • Capt. Renault

          Casting James Caan and building a time machine for him would have been less work than Johnny’s makeup here.

          • Alloy Jane

            They could’ve given him the Benjamin Button treatment.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            You might be right about that-besides, it raises intriguing plot possibilities.

    • http://redheadedwolf.wordpress.com/ Laura Renee

      Yiiiiiiikes.

      Well, it’s different, anyway. Not playing up his immortal-pretty side, as in Willy Wonka.

    • sugarkane105

      He looks like he’s trying to shoot lasers out of his eyes in the first pic. Blue-eyed contacts have never looked natural.

    • MzzPants

      Why didn’t they cast John Voigt? They’d have saved thousands of dollars. And the blue contacts pushes this right into uncanny valley.

      • Capt. Renault

        JON VOIGHT! Now *he* was definitely available!

      • MilaXX

        My guess is they couldn’t age Voight back a few years for the younger Whitey.

        • Capt. Renault

          Probably right. If they could, he’d have done that himself already.

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      *screams* *runs away from the computer*

      That’s freaking me out, man. And what the hell is in his trousers in that last shot?

      • Sarah

        It’s a pants BULGEr.

      • alyce1213

        I’m thinking he went full-on character, down to the underwear, and those are big-ass giant boxer shorts bunching up.

      • J.W.

        I’m with you there…that last shot just looks wrong.

      • SugarSnap108

        I think all of these looks draw the eye crotch-ward. But yeah, the last shot is special.

      • demidaemon

        I’m with you. Definitely keeping the lights on tonight.

    • FuhUgh

      See the movie Blow for an answer to your question – “Is Johnny Depp capable of acting without the use of extensive costuming and makeup?” The answer is YES, yes he is. And, he is still way better looking than the real Whitey Bulger.

      • Chickadeep

        But he does look rather unnervingly like *Billy* Bulger, Whitey’s brother. Google and behold.

        • Moni

          Agreed. And yet . . . Benedict Cumberbatch was recently cast to play Billy Bulger. I have immense love for Cumberbatch and think he’s a brilliant actor, but I’m still trying to get my head around that bit of casting.

          • Chickadeep

            Me too! Especially since Cumberbatch is almost a foot taller in real life than Billy (whose old talk radio nickname was the very un-PC “the Corrupt Midget”).

      • http://redheadedwolf.wordpress.com/ Laura Renee

        Also add Finding Neverland as a good example of a really sweet, touching movie in which he doesn’t rely on crazy makeup/prosthetics.

      • anneshirley

        “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,” too. (Yes, I realize it’s 20 years old, but it’s a great movie).

      • Violentcello

        Let’s add “Benny and Joon” to this list.

        • http://redheadedwolf.wordpress.com/ Laura Renee

          Oh my God yes yes yes.

      • Sarah

        Chocolat and The Man Who Cried, too. He’s vaguely gypsyesque in those, but still looking himself (and not too shabby, either).

        • kimmeister

          For me, Chocolat was the best he ever looked.

          • Aidan B

            Agreed. He makes me go all melty in that movie.

          • conlakappa

            He was very cute in Platoon but it might not be fair to go back that far in time.

      • SugarSnap108

        There’s the movie where he was an FBI agent pretending to be a mob guy. I think it only involved slicked-back hair.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Donnie Brasco, and you’re right, it doesn’t involve a big physical transformation.

    • Carleenml

      I’m sorry, but in that last photo it looks like he’s wearing a diaper. Lumpy does not equal bulge in this case. I can’t wait for this movie. Loved the book immensely.

    • Cele Deemer

      Yoiks. Downright frightening.

    • MilaXX

      Sad thing is, belt buckle aside from the waist down this is the best he’s ever looked.

      • Carleenml

        lol I’m with you until that last shot.

        • FibonacciSequins

          Oddly bulky, amirite?

      • boweryboy

        I just posted the same thing.

      • kimmeister

        Yes, I was just thinking that these pants fit him sooo much better than all the pants he usually wears. He does, in fact, have a normal body under there and not a saggy grampa butt like he’d have us believe.

    • alyce1213

      They gave him Rosemary’s Baby eyes? I thought the first shot was Jack Nicholson.

      • boweryboy

        “He has his father’s eyes…”

    • Jess Collett

      I saw the picture for this on my facebook feed and thought something really awful had happened to John Lithgow for a few seconds.

      • FibonacciSequins

        He’s a mashup of John Lithgow and Ed Harris here.

    • IMNAngryLiberal

      Maybe this IS what Johnny Depp looks like now (sans the creepy blue contacts) and it is his “everyday” look that is the costume….which actually I have suspected for some time.

    • FibonacciSequins

      Between the blue contacts and his naturally dark eyelashes, he looks spooky in this costume. At least he’s trying to play a real character for a change.

    • elemspbee

      Oh T’Lo, why gotta ask questions that make sense: why they didn’t just cast a blond, blue-eyed actor in the role.

      • conlakappa

        Hollywood’s answer to EEO hiring?

    • boweryboy

      Is it weird that I think this is the best he’s looked in years?

      • FibonacciSequins

        Yes, and I had the same thought.

    • Wink

      This is what Leonardo DiCaprio will look like in a couple of decades (sans the bad teeth).

      • random_poster

        Sadly, you are correct.

      • Glam Dixie

        It’s pretty much what he looks like right now.

        • conlakappa

          Judd Law in 5 minutes…

    • Jecca2244

      wow, no wonder it has been hard to get a glimpse of him in the city! He doesn’t look like himself.

    • @Biting Panda

      I’m so surprised Amber Heard didn’t run off, screaming, for the hills. Bet she’s got that prenup on lock down, in her favor.

      • formerlyAnon

        I would so put money against them getting to the altar. (Been wrong before, but . . . )

        • @Biting Panda

          Normally, I would agree. But her career did not sky rocket the way I think she had hoped (schemed) just by being the other woman, and she’ll need the uptick in status, to get her name on too many more movie posters. Plus, if all else fails, a nice little alimony check will ensure she will have plenty of time to “pursue her dreams”.

          • formerlyAnon

            I was thinking more along the lines that he’d be the one to get cold feet – he and the mother of his kids were together a long time without a wedding. But then, I don’t know enough about either of them to extrapolate, although I do!

    • NMMagpie

      When I watch “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?” I see such phenomenal potential in Mr. Depp. It’s still there; he just needs to come out from under the hats, hair, and costumes he wears in the projects he chooses and in his daily life.

      • donna

        In his daily life? His style is pretty lowkey for most of the time in his daily life.

    • Danielle

      JESUS LORD I WAS NOT PREPARED

    • imspinningaround

      That’s some serious moose knuckle.

    • Alyssa

      Another book to add to my list to read before the movie comes out!

    • Judy_J

      I see Hunter S. Thompson in that second to the last shot.

    • Jessica Freeman

      will not sleep well tonight.

    • FrauKrissie

      Not gonna lie… I thought it was Kurtwood Smith.

    • majorbedhead

      Oh god. Not another movie with actors doing fake Boston accents. As a life-long Masshole, it grates on my every nerve.

      • Gatto Nero

        They never get it right!

      • GillianHolroyd

        “Mystic River” = like nails on a chalkboard.

        • decormaven

          Amen.

          • Carleenml

            They think we all sound like Kennedys. I always scream “no one sounds like a Kennedy but a Kennedy!”

        • conlakappa

          Is that my daw-tah in theah?!

          • Carleenml

            only a Wahlberg can say that correctly.

      • Gatto Nero

        See “The Depahted.”

        • majorbedhead

          I couldn’t get thru the first 10 minutes of that film. The accents burned my ears.

      • UsedtobeEP

        Try being southern and watching most films about the south. It burns!

      • donna

        Don’t watch it then.

    • Gatto Nero

      He was amazing in “Before Night Falls” in two minor roles — one as a transvestite (OK, extreme costuming and makeup) and the other as a sadistic prison guard (just a uniform, and his body and voice).
      He gives me the chills here, which I’m guessing is the desired effect. I’m curious to see what he does with this part.

    • nannypoo

      He looks like Rush Limbaugh.

      • http://redheadedwolf.wordpress.com/ Laura Renee

        Minus the blubber.

    • UberOnTime

      Were those pants made same day? He looks different

    • Billie_Dawn

      Since his last no-makeup-no-hats movie was a megabomb (Transcendence), I have to think this movie is the actorly equivalent of grabbing a safety blanket.

    • Paula Pertile

      You took the words right out of my mouth.

    • JulieTy

      He looks better than he usually does.

    • Granny panties

      Coloured contacts always look demonic to me. In real life and in film.

      • GorgeousThings

        Totally. He looks like a vampire.

    • RedRaven617

      I’m wondering why they didn’t hire Jack Nicholson. That’s who Depp looks like to me.

      • lobsterlen

        Wasn’t the character Nicholson played in The Departed suppose to be based on Whitey Bulger?

      • Gatto Nero

        I’m guessing that the character has to age over the course of the film and that Nicholson is too old.

      • ShaoLinKitten

        JACK NICHOLSON was my first thought. He totally looks like Jack, who played a Whitey Bulger-based character in The Departed. That’s probably why they didn’t go with Jack for this part. It would be double dipping.

    • Mars Tokyo

      Looks like John Malkovich.

    • marlie

      He looks creepy. His eyes are TOO light (especially when you compare them to the real person in the link), and that gives him a bit of a alien or vampire vibe. Also, it’s weird how the top half of his face is aged, but the bottom half isn’t.

    • lobsterlen

      Well its obvious ….Johnny wants an Oscar! I just hope he doesn’t get too much into character and starts sadistically murdering people because I doubt being on the hunt for a Oscar will get you exonerating for murder. I fear all these A-listers will keep raising the bar and eventually someone is going to end-up dead from too much dieting, too much eating or undergoing too much extensive facial realignment.

      BTW he looks really glad to be playing Whitey BULGER.

    • hillmad

      DiCaprio would have been a great, and easier to make up, choice!

      • donna

        No.

    • GillianHolroyd

      I hope he keeps those aviators on for the entire film because those alien eyes (V?) are scaring me.

    • Michelle Amanda Cantave

      I’m seeing Clint Howard

      • conlakappa

        With splashes of Gary Oldham.

    • Inspector_Gidget

      Give him a break. This is a radical departure for JD! No white pancake makeup! It’s been years since he’s done a movie without a ghost-white face and goth-black hair. He probably still has a funky accent and quirky mannerisms, but…. baby steps.

      • donna

        He had no makeup or costume in Transcendence (2014)

    • Cheryl

      See all those guys smiling in the last photo? They’re thinking to themselves, ‘I’m better looking than Johnny Depp’. Enjoy that for the next few hours guys.

    • ashtangajunkie

      Or they could have just asked Jack Nicholson. Because that’s all I’m seeing.

    • awtchy1

      I live in South Boston where they’ve been filming and it’s the strangest thing to see Johnny/Whitey walking around in full getup.

    • NBG

      Wow, and here I was wondering what I was going to have nightmares about… Thanks, Johnny. This is creepier than anything he and Burton have ever done.

    • colleenjanel

      Whoa. Nothing dangling or jingling. I wonder if our elderly gay windchime had any withdrawal symptoms while in costume.

    • yethica

      Those light eyed contacts always make him look completely demented.

    • Valerie Little

      He was Johnny Depp out of costume in “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” and he was brilliant.

    • Betsy

      What’s with the contact lenses? He looks like a “Whitey Walker.”

    • Cee Layton

      Yeah yeah contacts…did they, um, “amplify” his package? That’s all I’m seeing in that last pic…

    • rkdgal

      I agree with everyone else’s comments about the top half of his face, Willy Wonka, etc. But can we all agree that the bottom half of his face looks SOMUCHBETTER without that poor excuse for facial hair that he usually sports?

      • venusvelvet

        I’d forgotten what he looked like clean-shaven. A nice change from the wispy goatee and ‘stache.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      Creeping. Me. Out.

    • Shalhevet

      I honestly can’t believe it’s him. This is one dramatic transformation.

    • SewingSiren

      Is it a remake of Rocky Horror? He looks like Riff Raff.

    • http://www.rohannewton.com RohanMBN

      I worked on Alcatraz for two years. I can’t believe we don’t sell that belt buckle in the gift store. BANK!

    • Ray

      Depp requires extensive make-up and/or Tim Burton or else he don’t work.

      • donna

        Yeah it’s not like he he had no extensive makeup on in Transcendence, The Rum Diary, The Tourist, Public Enemies, Finding Neverland, Secret Window, etc, etc!

    • Jacqueline Wessel

      For some reason that I don’t want to look for more closely, I think he looks better here than he usually does. Maybe it’s the clothing sans wind chimes?

    • Chase

      Soooo over him.

      • donna

        Lol I’m pretty sure he could not live with a nobody loser like you on the internet being over him!

        • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

          Off you go, fangurl. We’re not interested.

    • RescueMe23

      I’m pretty sure they cast him because he’s (usually) an excellent actor. He is amazing at transforming himself.

    • TwiddlyStun

      Costuming kittens, explain to me what is going on with the crotch in that last photo. Is that seriously part of the “look”?

      • Andrea

        Hence the name BULGE-r?

    • crash1212

      Well, if all casting was done by eye and hair color, I guess we wouldn’t need casting directors now would we? Sheesh.

    • ThaliaMenninger

      Is he trying to look like Jack Nicholson?

      • OhSheila

        Jack Nicholson was my first thought too!

    • JynxTheCat

      Im thinking this is what he looks like under all the jangly any way

      • donna

        Not really! He still looks so youthful and younger than his age and better than most men his age.

    • LindsayGoon

      All I see is “Old Biff” from the 1st Back To The Future movie!

      • http://weirdinedgewise.blogspot.com ONEWEIRDWORD

        LOL!

    • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

      OH GOD HE’S A ZOMBIE HIDE YOUR KIDS HIDE YOUR WIFE

      • demidaemon

        HIDE YOURSELF!

    • demidaemon

      This is serious night mare material. Hold me. I’m scared.

    • deech_sea

      Hollywood has a history of casting Caucasian actors in the roles of other races, casting actors of one ethnic background as another, because “They all look the same” and generally disregarding and disrespecting the ethnic identity of characters and their representing actors, so that they would cast a dark-haired, dark-eyed actor to play a blond-haired, blue-eyed character just tickles me.

      • donna

        It’s called ACTING, they are supposed to pretend things that they are not.

    • Sabin

      I thought it was Frasier Crane in the thumbnail.

    • JP

      Has Amber Heard seen this?

      • donna

        Yeah, before you did and she was ok with it!

    • ItAin’tMe

      He’s playing an aged Leo DiCaprio?

    • donna

      This is aging makeup for the role. It is needed. And where is the costume? Isn’t that how many men dress? He didn’t wear makeup and costumes in movies more often than he did.

    • alliekat9090

      OOh I did not know this was a movie about Whitey Bulger. I’m now fascinated.