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Jun 30, 2011

Carlisle Cullen Takes On New Foes: Whitey Bulger and Mark Wahlberg?!

Peter FacinelliAs the final installments of the phenomenally successful "Twilight" franchise head to the big screen, fans are faced with the difficult task of trying to move on. But fans aren't the only ones with a gap in their lives: the actors and actress who have brought the characters to life over the last three years have challenges of their own. After all, once you've been a vampire, what can you do that can possibly equal the rush?
Well, how about joining the mob?

That's what Peter Facinelli, better known as Carlisle Cullen, is about to do: according to Deadline, the patriarch of the Cullen clan is about to move behind the scenes to produce a new movie about the life -- and many deaths -- of Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger.
Bulger, as you may have heard, was recently nabbed by the fuzz after spending over a decade on the lam as one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted fugitives. He's also no stranger to film fans, even though you may not realize it; his escapades, which include a reported 19 murders as well as a time as an informant for both the FBI and the Boston Police Department, was one of the main inspirations for the 2007 Best Picture winner "The Departed."
Considering the recent surge in interest in Bulger, then, Facinelli seems to have picked the perfect time for his adaptation of the memoir "Street Soldier: My Life as an Enforcer For Whitey Bulger and the Boston Irish Mob" by Edward MacKenzie and Phyllis Karas.

Unfortunately for Facinelli, though, he's not the only one thinking along the same lines, as one of Hollywood's most powerful producers has also staked a claim to the Bulger story -- and it's none other than Boston native Mark Wahlberg. According to The Los Angeles Times, Wahlberg, who recently proved himself as producer and star of the box office and critical success "The Fighter," has been working for years to get another memoir ("Rat Bastards," by John Shea, a former member of Bulger's Winter Hill Gang) to the big screen.
He's fought off supernatural foes for over three centuries. But can Facinelli defeat the combined might of "Whitey" Bulger and Mark Wahlberg? One thing is for sure: it looks like life after "Twilight" isn't going to be dull after all.



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