Dress Like Depp's Donnie Brasco for Halloween

by paperfacets

A Johnny Depp costume for Halloween. You may already have the sunglasses. With the leisure suit you may get mixed recognition. Try the everyday wear with a leather jacket.

Johnny Depp in 1997 was Donnie Brasco. The movie was about the true story of an undercover cop actually living too close to the mob in 70's New York. His real name is Joseph D. Pistone, an agent of the FBI. He wrote the autobiography of which the movie is based, Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in the Mafia, 1988.

This is your next great idea for a Halloween costume this year. Wear it for going out or for the big Halloween party that you are planning.

The real point here is to highlight Depp's costuming in the movie scene on the party boat. He wore the classic teardrop aviator sunglasses like the Ray-Bans shown here. Now the glasses come in every color imaginable and with the important UV protection. He possibly wore the gunmetal/crystal green shade. The scene is a mob boat party and his friend Lefty is out to impress a NYC mob syndicate.

Finding the light hued leisure suit would involve a few trips to the second hand clothes store. Note that it is not white. Look for tan or taupe in order not to be mistaken for the disco dancing guy. Do not wait too long or you may come up short on completing the whole look. You have to keep an eye open for the white long collar dress shirt, 70's style.

Depp as Donnie Brasco
Depp as Donnie Brasco

Witness the Movie Costume Now

The video clip shows the Depp look in all the glory. Light hued leisure suit, wide collar, the tip of the undershirt, and long slicked back hair, short side burn, plus the aviator sun glasses.

Make Your Halloween Costume A History Lesson

Do some research on Joseph Dominick "Joe" Pistone. He worked for the FBI for 27 years and in the late 1970's became Donny Brasco. He later wrote about those years in "Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in the Mafia." This is the book that was the basis of the film, "Donnie Brasco" starring Johnny Depp, and the reason to dress like Johnny Depp for Halloween this year.


Donny Brasco in Undercover  Role
Donny Brasco in Undercover Role

Read the book and see the movie now in early 2017 to get in character and gather the necessary clothes and accessories for October 31st. As you can see, by this photo above, first thing is the aviator sunglasses.  

See The Movie

Donnie Brasco (Extended Cut)

Posing as jewel broker Donnie Brasco, FBI agent Joseph D. Pistone (Johnny Depp) is granted entranceinto the violent mob family of aging hit man Lefty Ruggiero (Al Pacino). When ...

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First Accessary

Ray-Ban AVIATOR SMALL METAL - ARISTA Frame CRYSTAL GREEN Lenses 52mm Non-Polarized

A good pair of Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses is a good life-time investment. No need to wear them everyday, but they are perfect for the day on the road or on the beach side city day trip. Last use for Oct. 31st, 2017.

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Donnie Brasco Trailer with Car Coats and Polo Knit Shirts

Read the True Story to Get Into Character

Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in the Mafia - A True Story by FBI Agent Joseph D. Pistone

Posing as jewel thief "Donnie Brasco," FBI agent Joseph D. Pistone carried out the most audacious sting operation ever, working undercover for six years to infiltrate the flamboyant community of mafia soldiers.

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If You Do Not Want to Do the Leisure Suit

If course, if you are familiar with the movie, a brown leather car coat, and striped Polo shirt would work fine if you are into some of the other scenes. Add the glasses because you have them. They are classic and an accessory that never goes out of style. A person in the know can not be without a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses.

Donnie Brasco Starring Johnny Depp and Al Pacino
Donnie Brasco Starring Johnny Depp and Al Pacino

Now Depp Is the Mob

In one of his later roles Depp is Whitey, the long time on the lam Mob member, living in Santa Monica. He was caught because he was too friendly with a homeless cat. I imagine he had a soft heart for the cat because the stray's situation reminded the mobster of himself.

Depp loves to be in the movies. One can reprise his characters for many years to come.

Other costume ideas are:

William Blake

John Dillinger

Sweeney Todd


Updated: 04/02/2017, paperfacets
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