True story of FBI agent who infiltrates the mob as Donnie Brasco
Donnie Brasco Mike Newell, 1997 Amazon
According to Paul Attanasio, Johnny Depp's 1994 arrest for destroying a hotel room helped him get cast. People thought he was "dark and dangerous."
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Joe Pistone practicing on the FBI's firing range was inserted at the insistence of the studio, which wanted a shot of Johnny Depp firing a gun for the movie's trailer.