This weekend, Johnny Depp rages into multiplexes as the famous and feared gangster Whitey Bulger in “Black Mass.” But no kingpin gets to the top without a little help, and for the Boston crime lord, that came in the shape of Kevin Weeks, played all too briefly in the film by Jesse Plemons. And while it’s easy to get romantic about mob life, this fascinating podcast with the real Weeks is a great listen about the inner workings of the life.
Ron Rosenbaum of Holding Court, who has known Weeks for decades, got Bulger’s right-hand man on the phone to talk about the community of South Boston and his time running with Whitey. Weeks is an open book, answering questions about the various stories and legends that flew around, and what it was like to live during the era. It’s about as close as you get to sitting at the table with Weeks in person, so be sure to square away some time and give it listen. Click below and then check out a brief featurette with Plemons talking about playing Weeks.