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Matthew McConaughey Plays The Dad Of Youngest FBI Informant In ‘White Boy Rick’

Matthew McConaughey Plays The Dad Of Youngest FBI Informant In ‘White Boy Rick’

There have been plenty of movies about drug kingpins - think American Gangster, The Godfather and Scarface - and while some are based or loosely taken from real world events, few are as outrageous and bizarre as the upcoming White Boy Rick.

The film tells the story of Richard Wershe Jr, who, at the tender age of just 14-years-old, was the FBI's youngest ever informant.

The teenager is recruited by his dad, played by Matthew McConaughey, to infiltrate Detroit's local drug scene and relay what he found back to authorities.

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Can you imagine getting in deep with a drug syndicate at just 14? Doing your homework on time was hard enough, but sure, chuck in managing a crack cocaine empire at the height of the epidemic in the 1980s.

Naturally, Richard, who's played in the film by Hollywood newcomer Richie Merritt, gets involved with the Curry Brothers, who, according to the Daily Beast, were an 'up-and-coming black drug gang' being targeted by the FBI.

Credit: Columbia Pictures
Credit: Columbia Pictures

The FBI set up the sting officially with Richard Wershe Senior (McConaughey) as the lead informant and would pay him accordingly, but it was his son that was doing all the work.

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As he proves his worth, the higher ups trusted him more and more and he started to rise through the ranks of the gang. Because he was young and stood out like a sore thumb in a black gang, he was given the name White Boy Rick.

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Credit: Michigan Department Of Corrections
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Because of this new-found information, White Boy Rick was removed from his posting as an informant without notice and the teen quickly found himself at risk of being targeted by police.

But without his cheques from the FBI, he stayed in the drug trade and was helping run the gang. When he was 18, he was arrested by the cops with eight kilos of cocaine in his possession, which, at the time, carried a maximum sentence of life behind bars.

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That's where White Boy Rick stayed for the last 29 years but after several attempts, he was finally paroled last year where he's now trying to rebuild his life.

White Boy Rick comes out on September 4.

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Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, Celebrity, Interesting, Matthew McConaughey, Crack Cocaine, Drugs, FBI

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