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An Interview with Jeff Hennessy, Creator and Star of Whitey

by Mike Haberfelner

January 2015

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Your webseries Whitey - in a few words, what is it about?

 

The authentic story of Whitey Bulger and the ethics and morality issues involved. The complicated character he was and what web of corruption he spun with his brother.

 

What got you interested in the story of Whitey Bulger in the first place, and how true do you stick to the facts?

 

My growing up in Boston and knowing friends of friends that worked with him or Weeks or Winter. The characters are trues to fact with embellishments.

 

Other sources of inspiration when writing Whitey?

 

I use my life experiences with court, the law and Boston court system to draw the reality and stresses of corruption you find in any small city with corruption. My divorce in Cambridge court system and Framingham court.

 

What can you tell us about the series' look and feel?

 

The look and feel should be my vision of characters that truly existed in James Bulger's world based on good research with a fictional creative license to create back stories of true characters with actor's flavor. For example , "Henna" being an itch in everybody's side with a sarcastic frustration with the corruption.

 

You also play one of the leads of Whitey - so what can you tell us about your character, what did you draw upon to bring him to life, and how much of yourself can we find in "Agent Hennessy"?

 

John Savage, Jeff, Donald Watson

My character is Jeff Hennessy - given his life experiences in Boston and my own frustration I experienced in probate court in a divorce coupled with the bad boy period of my life and the law. I am sarcastic and have lived through a lot of death and tragedy myself and add that to my character.

 

What can you tell us about the rest of your cast, and why exactly these people?

 

There are plenty of people to justify, Kevin Weeks will be introduced, Howie Winter, and more. Character back stories of Henna, Whitey, Maria, Henna's girlfriend and Catherine (Whitey's love interest). There is in addition California mayhem to discover. Finish? Maybe never, the story can go on and on. We have Vito D'Ambrosio coming in, Jason Oliver from, Stand By Me and John Savage. Maybe no end in sight. We have challenged, or I have challenged, Jack Nicholson to compare his work on Departed to Donald Watson's on this Whitey project!!!!

 

A few words about audience and critical reception of the series so far?

 

Surprisingly the audience has few complaints, great reception.

 

The $64-question of course: Where can Whitey be seen?

 

So far, view it at https://www.youtube.com/user/WhiteyWebSeries

 

Any future projects beyond Whitey?

 

Yes, future project will be my life story, my mother being a famous model and television personality and dying in plane crash at the same time as my father in 1971. My journey after that.

 

What got you into acting and filmmaking in the first place, and did you receive any formal education on either subject?

 

My formal education was in Boston with Ted Kazanoff and various other teachers for 17 years, filming, producing and writing come naturally. I have a degree in philosophy from the University of New Hampshire.

 

What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Whitey, in whichever position?

 

My filmwork prior to Whitey was about 15 features and 7 Indies, as an actor. I have produced a horror once as well. I always liked to write. I have been writing my whole life. I wrote a book about my life experience just never published it. I will draw from that for next project. I love acting the most.

 

How would you describe yourself as an actor, as a writer and as a director?

 

I would say fairly good writer, good director and accomplished actor.

 

Filmmakers, writers, actors, whoever else who inspire you?

 

Pacino, Vincent D'Onofrio are my favorite actors right now!

 

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... and of course, films you really deplore?

 

Worst movie--I don't think like that.

 

Your/your series' website, Facebook, whatever else?

 

https://www.youtube.com/user/WhiteyWebSeries

 

Anything else you are dying to tell us and I have merely forgotten to ask?

 

I'd like to say, movie, film and television in my opinion produce quality when people concentrate on the character, and immerse themselves in doing their homework on the character. Location, props come secondarily. I am focusing on true organic acting based on raw feeling from the cast. Donald Watson can not be touched by Jack Nicholson as Whitey Bulger. I, Jeff Hennessy, challenge Jack Nicholson to compare his role in Departed to Donald Watson's in Whitey.

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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