Behind the Scenes of Public Enemies with Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, and Michael Mann
06.23.09 by REELZ
The folks at Cinema Blend have posted a fascinating behind-the-scenes clip in which Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, and director Michael Mann discuss the mythology and the history behind Public Enemies.
The movie is based on the Bryan Burrough book Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-34,
which tells the stories behind the rise and fall of Chicago gangster John Dillinger (Depp) in the 1930s. FBI agent Melvin Purvis (Bale) pursued Dillinger and
eventually gunned him down outside the Biograph Theater at the age of
In this clip, Depp, Bale, and Mann talk about how the economic hardships of the Great Depression allowed Dillinger and his escapades to be seen as heroic rather than criminal. They even get into Dillinger's psychology, explaining why he might have lived the lifestyle he did.
And yes, there are plenty of tantalizing shots from the movie itself, some of which we hadn't seen before.