Posted by Jeremy Shulkin
It was recently announced that author Chuck Hogan (writer of “Prince of Thieves,” which turned into the movie “The Town”) will help write a new movie about the investigation of Whitey Bulger and crooked FBI agent John Connolly, Jr, to focus largely on Connolly’s trial.
Sheriff candidate Tom Foley played a large part in the investigation and he’ll most likely end up as a character in the movie. This brings us to what is now the biggest question this election season: who should play the part of Tom Foley?
The film’s setting will be Boston, probably about 10 years ago (Connolly was indicted for tipping off Bulger in 1999).
So, who’s the best actor to play the head of a state police organized crime investigative unit? A couple suggestions (and Foley’s own pick, revealed later).
Baldwin has already played an organized crime investigator, as Capt. Ellerby in 2006’s “The Departed,” and based on his work as Jack Donaghy on “30 Rock” he could nail Foley’s gruff voice.
Another actor who’s played plenty of cops over his career and could get the voice right. He might be a little old for the part now, but some quick CGI work could freshen him right up.
Jerry Orbach (RIP):
He’s played a mobster (“Miller’s Crossing”) and a criminal (“The Usual Suspects”) so he would know how to act on the other side of this case, but even his less-than-clean characters always have some morality to them (except for that movie where he played Satan), which is a quality people want to see in their law enforcement agents.
Who would Foley pick? He was in Worcester Mag‘s office yesterday, and I got to ask him. His response: Leslie Nielson — the man best known for parodying law enforcement in the “Naked Gun” movies.
Um, any other suggestions? Fill up the comments.