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Mixed feelings as Hub heroes explore movie on its villain

Bulger’s portrayal may be challenge for Damon, Affleck

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon grew up in Cambridge and have contributed their talents to a string of successful movies set in the Boston area, among them “Good Will Hunting,’’ “The Departed,’’ and “The Town.’’ Collectively these films have established Boston in the minds of moviegoers around the globe.

But their latest venture, a proposed movie about Boston mobster James “Whitey’’ Bulger, is already stirring mixed emotions among local people who have known Bulger and who fear it might glamorize a ruthless criminal.

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