Sienna Miller fans, brace yourselves for this. The new Johnny Depp movie, Black Mass, will no longer feature Sienna Miller! The news is that her scenes were left on the cutting room floor by Director Scott Cooper.
The mob thriller Black Mass is supposed to hit U.S. theaters in two weeks, but when it does, it will be without the character of Catherine Grieg, played by Sienna. Why has she been cut? Was she a terrible actress? Was she too short? Did she want more money? The answer is none of the above. Apparently, it was something far simpler than that, according to the Director, as reported in the Boston Globe.
“It came down to narrative choices.”
Sienna Miller was said to be “fantastic” in her role alongside Johnny Depp. Unfortunately, in the quest to prune down the final version of the film, it was determined, according to the Mirror, that the scenes she was in had to go.
The film, which is based on a 2001 book written by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill, titled Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob is still chalk full of big name talent, namely the aforementioned Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Kevin Bacon.
Johnny Depp plays the role of Whitey Bulger, an actual mobster who was on the run for 16 years. Whitey dated Catherine Grieg, which was to be played by Sienna Miller. However, it was determined that the years Whitey and Catherine were on the lam together was “less dramatic” than other aspects of Whitey’s life and were not necessary in the story.
The cut is unfortunate given the work Sienna Miller put into trying to perfect a Boston accent, even practicing with a dialect coach according to the Boston Globe.
“Up until the day before I flew here, I couldn’t do it and it sounded stupid. And I was sort of religiously watching every film ever set in South Boston: Good Will Hunting, Gone Baby Gone, The Town. Catherine had a thick accent, so I hope I do it justice.”
Sienna Miller described her role on the project as Catherine Grieg last year, as reported by the Mirror.
“It’s not a leading role. I had an amazing time working with Johnny Depp, who I think is extraordinary and Scott Cooper, the director, who’s made some amazing films as well. The story’s in the right hands and it was amazingly fun to come in.”
Black Mass, without Sienna Miller, will have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival tomorrow before hitting theatres on September 18.
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