The Departed: Behind-the-Scenes Secrets

James ‘Whitey’ Bulger

The Departed is a fantastic movie due in large part to some truly great performances from its stars. In fact, one of the film’s most important characters, Frank Costello (played by Jack Nicholson), is based on one of America’s most notorious mobsters — James “Whitey” Bulger.

Born in 1929, Bulger became one of Massachusetts’ top crime bosses and was in power for many years. In 1994, Bulger fled Boston after receiving a tip from his former FBI handler that he was about to be indicted. The mob boss remained on the run until he was captured in 2011 — ending his time spent on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list after 12 years. Bulger was killed while in prison in 2018.

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