‘Black Mass’ cast walk the red carpet at Coolidge Corner Theatre screening

The city learned about Coolidge Corner Theatre’s decision to host a screening of Black Mass weeks ago, but when Johnny Depp RSVPed, it meant chaos would inevitably ensue. And that’s exactly what happened.

Pulling up to Harvard Street in Brookline at 4:30 on Tuesday evening—an hour and a half before celebrities were supposed to arrive—hundreds were already lined up against a set of barricades that stretched along the sidewalks. The red carpet, expanded just beneath the theater’s distinctly lit sign, was swarmed with reporters and cameras and overbearing set lights, which we later learned also serve as understated seducers of bugs.


The lower-key players arrived first. This includes supporting actors like Erica McDermott, who plays Billy Bulger’s wife, and Julianne Nicholson, who plays John Connolly’s wife, and also Black Mass authors Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill. Jesse Plemons, who played Kevin Weeks, also appeared. A reporter nearby asked him if he gained weight for role, and Plemons laughed. Because he clearly did.

Screams came from the large crowd across the street, which naturally meant either Depp or Dakota Johnson just showed up. Johnson is most recently known for her starring role in Fifty Shades of Grey, so she’s borderline wicked famous right now. Alas, it was indeed Johnson, who graced the fans with selfies before turning her attention to the press.

Depp graced the carpet not long after with his edgy wife/actress Amber Heard on his arm. She took some photos, then glided up the red carpet without acknowledging the media. Depp on the other hand, spoke to a few outlets a few yards down. Then he took off across the street to selfie with the crowd — for 20 minutes — before strolling right on by and into the theater, where, with any luck, he doesn’t fall asleep this time.