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Depp's 'Blow' Inspiration

Prison Hall Pass for Cancer Surgery

2/27/2012 3:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

George Jung
George Jung
-- the prolific cocaine smuggler portrayed by Johnny Depp in the movie “Blow” -- got a temporary get out of prison free card recently ... after doctors spotted a potentially cancerous growth on his face.

For those unfamiliar, Jung -- who's currently serving a 15-year stretch in Texas federal prison -- is credited with sparking the ‘80s cocaine frenzy ... even netting him a cool $100 million at one point.

TMZ has learned ... Jung was allowed to leave the confines of the prison in December ... and was transported to a nearby facility so doctors could remove a suspicious mole on his nose.

One source tells us Jung believes the mole is a direct result of the long hours he spent lingering in the Mexican sun -- hobnobbing and negotiating with the country’s top drug lords.

Prison officials are refusing to comment on Jung’s current health status, but our sources say the surgery was a success ... even though Jung remained shackled during the entire hospital procedure.

Jung was tossed back into the pokey afterward and is scheduled for release on Thanksgiving Day, 2014.


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And we care about this because?

968 days ago

Fat Mike    

He'd be out by now if he'd never written that book.

968 days ago


Why should anyone care about this loser?

968 days ago

Cognizant _illiberal    

get well soon george , hopefully you were smart enough to have some money berried at some point somewhere in case you get out.

968 days ago

Rogue Warrior    

Just read his story on wiki and he sounds like a reasonable guy to me. Hard working, resourceful, imaginative, and a huge risk taker.

968 days ago


Prisoners in America get better healthcare than poor Americans that never been arrested. This should not be.

968 days ago


That's funny, I just saw Blow a few nights ago and was googling Jung to see what was up with him. Can't believe he gets out in 2 years. My prediction is... he'll get out and do a few interviews, maybe even a book, but it will eat at him that the money isn't nearly as big as his old days, then he'll re-enter the drug trade, but I'm going to guess it will be with pills this time. Like Henry Hill did.

968 days ago


Murderers, rapists and baby diddlers get less time.

968 days ago


blow is 1 of my favorite movies. not saying Jung's actions didn't warrant the jail term he received but holy crap this dude was a genius and a smarter businessman than most fortune 500 CEO's.

968 days ago


I actually feel bad for him, he is still in Prison on Drug Charge and I Know Someone who MURDERED a Man in Cold Blood, just so he Could Steal his Drugs and Rich only Served 2 yrs for that Murder, but GEORGE Has been in Prison for 13 yrs for Petty Drug Charges...........Our System is So Screwed Up!

968 days ago


This "dope" still hasn't learned. The cancer was caused by, "hours spent in the hot Mexican sun." Yeah, right. Look at where the bandage is. The cancer was more likely caused by "everything" that went up this geniuses' nose.

Thirteen years in prison? That's nothing! The way the movie made is sound, because Jung was an infamous drug dealer, this guy was going to spend decades in prison for his crime. So, shouldn't he be out of prison about now?

968 days ago


Harvey and Team;

Can you please start deleting these annoying messages about how much someone's cousin makes sitting at home? Its gotten to the point where I'm going to stop going to message boards, every other post seems to be from one of these piss broke idiots -

968 days ago


I'm not sure you understand what a "get out of jail free card" is.

968 days ago


I just see Blow and google for him. I feel sad for him because of her daughter. Any body who feels guilty had full fill his punishment time.

967 days ago


Best wishes to ya George! Hang in there.

967 days ago
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