Film Review,  November 2004 – Heeere’s Johnny

Film Review, November 2004 – Heeere’s Johnny

Title: Heeere’s Johnny

Publication: Film Review

Issue: November 2004

It feels strange to call Johnny Depp a sex symbol. He may have starred as a man who thought he was the greatest lover m the world in Don Juan DaMarco but Depp is not known for playing the matinee idol. While the late 1980s TV show 21 Jump Street propelled him to pin-up status, Depp has been running away from the label ever since. From his cross dressing filmmaker in Ed Wood to his pill-popping journalist in Fear and Loathing In Los Vagas, Depp has chosen roles that do anything but elicit swoons from his female fans. Consider his gap-toothed swashbuckler in Pirates of the Caribbean – which last year brought him the biggest hit of his career, taking a whopping $305 million – and you will see what I mean.

Not that it`s stopped him regularly being voted one of Hollywood’s sexiest movie stars of all time. Maybe it`s that down-at-heel appearance of  his, but Johnny Depp doesn’t have to play hunks to come across as sexy. His teen-idol status was all in his off-screen behavior; from dating a string of high profile starlets, from Winona Ryder to Sherilyn Fenn to trashing hotel rooms, fighting with paparazzi and owning the infamous Viper Room club. Depp isrock’n’roll to the hilt – so much so, he even played slide-guitar on the Oasis track Fade In-Out.

These days, however, he is a settled family man. Currently living with French singer-actress Vanessa Paradis, with whom he has two children – five year-old Lily Rose and two year old Jack – the 41 year old Depp’s roles now reflect this. Take his latest film, Marc Forster’s Finding Neverland. He plays Scottish playwright JM Barrie, the man who penned the magical play Peter Pan after he befriended the inspirational Llewelyn Dawes family (headed in the film. by Kate Winslet). “Being a Dad helped immensely to prepare.“ Depp admits. It helps you to understand that energy that children have – Barrie never let it go. He always believed. I think it`s important for us as adults to have that still, but it gets lost over the years – doesn’t it

No doubt, there’s something childlike in Depp’s performances – but would he take to be the boy that never grows up? “Of course, the notion is beautiful.” he replies. ‘The idea of staying a boy, or a child, forever But I think you can have known plenty of people who in their later years – were like little kids, and had the energy, curiosity and fascination of children. I think we can keep that. I think it`s important we keep that – that’s part of staying young.”

While Depp has had problems with accents before – notably his less-than-perfect ye ole London accent for From Hell – he totally nails Barrie’s North-of-the-Border brogue. “The Scottish for me was a great challenge, because it’s something that rhythmically and musically I initially couldn’t quite get a hold of. Luckily, I found this dialect coach, who is from a Scottish family. She helped me a lot, and I worked on it a lot.”

Since completing Finding Neverland, Depp has returned to more adult fare with The Libertine, in which he plays 17th Century rake the Earl of Rochester opposite Samantha Morton and John Malkovtch. But his love of children’s literature continues with his latest, an adaptation of Roald Dahl`s classic novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Currently filming at Pinewood in England with old friend Tim Burton, who has offered the actor some of the finest roles of his career (in Edward Scissorhands. Ed Wood and Sleepy Hollow), it also reunites Depp with “my pal Freddie- Highmore“ the young rising star who plays Peter m Finding Neverland.

Starring as factory owner Willy Wonka to Highmore’s pint-sized Charlie Bucket, it was Depp who recommended the child-star to Burton. It might just be that Depp, as the strong and sensitive father-figure, is entering into a new phase of his life. He has certainly won lots of under-age fans for his turn in Pirates of the Caribbean ‘All these kids would go and see the movie, and I was really touched. Out on the street, I would meet all these little kids and they would say ‘You’re Captain Jack Sparrow! ‘ It doesn’t get better than that.’ Gearing up to do the sequel after he finishes Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Depp is ready to shiver his timbers once again. “If you’re going to do a sequel, it’s got to be that much better.” he notes. “I don’t like the idea of just riding the wave to get the dough in.” Something I don’t think we could ever accuse Johnny Depp of.

Teen Machine, 1998 – Everything You Wanted to Know

Teen Machine, 1998 – Everything You Wanted to Know

Title: Everything You Wanted to Know

Publication: Teen Machine

Issue: 1998


Photo1Dark-eyed Johnny Depp might view himself as one of television’s most reluctant sex symbols, but everytime he appears on the screen, the hearts of viewers can’t help but hop to 21 Jump Street.

When Johnny was growing up in Miramar, Florida, the last destination he envisioned for himself was on a television show At that time, all he wanted to do was play in a rock and roll band. He recalls: “People would remember me as the kid with the long hair who was always playing guitar. I used to bring my guitar to school, skip certain classes and sneak into the guitar class. That’s pretty much how I spent my high school years.”

He finally become a player in a band called the Kids, and they headed out to Hollywood in the hopes of landing a record deal. Once when they were playing a gig at one of the clubs on Sunset Strip, Johnny met and befriended Moonstruck star Nicolas Cage. Johnny’s cash flow of the time was very low, so when Nicholas offered to introduce Johnny to his agent, Johnny complied. He explains: “She sent me out on an audition. The director gave me a script and told me to study it; I did, came bock two days later, read for the part and they gave it to me. That was my first film—Nightmare on Elm Street.”

Johnny very quickly learned the difference between playing in a band and acting. Ho discovered that as part of a band, he had three other people working and pulling with him. But with acting, he says: “I found it was just me. It all depended on me I had to make my own choices”

He wasn’t too thrilled, to say the least, by his second choice of acting jobs in what he describes as a terrible sex-ploitation film called Private Resort. He admits: “I figured at least I was earning my living by acting and that beat working at Burger King. And I got paid for learning.”

Johnny’s turning point as an actor came when he co-starred in the Oscar-winning film Platoon.

Although a lot of his work ended up on the floor of the editing room, he claims it was one of the best experiences he ever had. The experience was so intense that when Johnny returned to Los Angeles, he needed some time to chill out and began playing rock and roll again.

Six months later Johnny landed the plum port of Tom Hanson, the baby-faced rookie cop on the Fox television series 21 Jump Street. And the rest, Johnny believes, is a mystery.

It’s not that Johnny doesn’t appreciate all of the adoration and fan mail; it makes him happy. Yet the guy is basically shy and unused to being the center of attention. He claims he is claustrophobic and gets a little nervous when he’s in the middle of a crowd scene. He says: “If people recognize you, it’s no big deal. They just say, ‘Are you him?’ And you say, “Yes I am,’ and then you talk and you sign something. Nobody’s out to hurt you. They just want to see what you’re all about.”

Johnny’s most difficult task has been protecting his private life. Since he has become of one America’s heartthrobs, everyone and her sister is dying for details of his own heart’s inner workings. For three years, magazines and gossip sheets were charting the see-saw relationship Johnny had with actress Sherilyn Fenn. Yes, they were engaged; no they’ve split up; yes, they are definitely engaged. Johnny shudders at the thought of making any of this information more public than it already is; in fact, his manager always reminds interviewers that Johnny’s personal love life is off-limits.Photo2

Johnny doesn’t take this viewpoint just for the sake of being uppity. He believes: “You gotta do that with your relationships, with the things that are precious to you. You take them and keep them in a place where no one can touch them. Keep things private. You want to keep your personal life personal and your business life business.” Try as be might to keep his love life out of the limelight, tongues ore wagging about Johnny and his new gal pal. It seems that shortly after Johnny and Sherilyn broke it off for good, he met Dirty Dancing star Jennifer Grey. Friends of the duo are saying that during the vacation trip they took to Mexico, they discussed the possibility of a very private wedding ceremony.

Naturally neither of the hot stars are talking.

Right now, Johnny mostly likes talking about the tough social issues that 21 Jump Street are taking head on. The show has dealt openly with the seriousness of suicide, drugs. AIDS and child abuse. And Johnny is delighted with his character’s sense of truth. He says solemnly: “There’s the potential there to help somebody. Whatever I’m doing must possess a sense of truth Otherwise it won’t work—it’s just a lie.”

Tommy Hanson, the rookie undercover cop on 21 Jump Street is the ultimate in casual cool And the real lite Johnny isn’t any different As far as his own wardrobe is concerned. Johnny likes to keep it as simple as possible Just give him some jeans, a flannel shirt and some black motorcycle boots and he feels comfortable.


Wow Magazine, November 1988 – Johnny Depp – Lookin’ Good

Wow Magazine, November 1988 – Johnny Depp – Lookin’ Good

Title: Johnny Depp – Lookin’ Good

Publication: Wow Magazine

Issue: November 1988



I guess I shouldn’t change anything, ’cause we’re sort of supposed to be this way. 1 guess we were made this way. (Laughs) Unless maybe I’d like to be born with clown make-up, and just wear clown make-up forever.


Jimmy Stewart makes me happy, just looking at him. He’d make a great president!


I got sucked into the bed and spewed back out as tomato juice!


Peter DeLuise is very funny, we have a lot of fun together. Holly Robinson is very nice. She’s doing a’ good job. Dustin Nguyen is a very interesting guy. He’s from Vietnam, he fled Vietnam in 75 as a child. He’s on it. Steven Williams is sort of our backbone. He’s like a solid captain. Nick Fuller, he’s very good. Everybody does a real good job at what they’re doing with their characters and stuif. We play off of that and we have a lot of fun. The crew we have is just the greatest bunch of guys in the world. We go to work, and it’s just a gas. That’s the way it should be. You should look forward to going to work. I’ve had jobs where I didn’t.


I’ve had a lot of embarrassing moments. 1 can remember one time I was hanging out with a friend of mine; the guy was my best friend. Tommy. We were best friends for years when we were growing up. 1 was hanging out over at his house and there was this girl who lived across the street. Her name was Gerry Lynn, and I liked her a lot; I had a big crush on her. She liked me. Things were going great; everything was just beautiful. And one day Tommy and I said. “Alright, look. Gerry (we were hanging out on the street, talking to her) we’re gonna go eat and we’re going to come back out in a half an hour; see ya in a bit.’ Okay, fine. So we go in to eat, we come back out, there’s Gerry Lynn, she looks beautiful. I’m happy. Tommy’s happy (he’s fixed us up) and we’re sitting there talking and like every once in a while, Gerry Lynn would start laughing. Just laughing and I didn’t know what it was. Tommy sort of scooted himself behind Gerry Lynn and he kept pointing at his teeth. He’s going, “Teeth, teeth, teeth…” without her catching on. And it ended up I had like a whole forest in my teeth. I had green beans and pepper and corn and all sorts of stuff in my teeth. That was pretty embarrassing


Just regular—jeans, boots. I can’t stop wearing my combat boots. I’m not a big fancy dresser.


I tell you what—I buy my clothes all in thrift stores. There’s just something about older clothes. You can find some great old baggies, or old jeans, or old shirts, things like that.


I’ll tell you the truth. With the show, with Jump Street, there’s a lot of kids who are watching the show (which is very good — I’m glad about that); there’s a lot of messages in the show. There’s a lot of things that kids can learn. I hope to show them things that they see everyday, that they wouldn’t normally recognize—the dangers of crack, the dangers of drugs. Because I mean in the long run really, we’ve all gone through the stages of trying things that are bad for us. But in the long run, it’s all bad. It messes you up one way or the other. I’d like to teach them; I’d like to show them. I’d like for them to learn how bad it is and that some guys who appear to be their friends, who are trying to push them into taking a hit off of a crack pipe, or snorting a line of blow or something, they’re not.

• WHAT WOULD JOHNNY DO IF ALL HIS FAME AND FORTUNE DISAPPEARED TOMORROW? If it all vanished tomorrow morning I’d take a long vacation and then I would I suppose try and get another job. If that didn’t work, I’d move to Aruba and sell turtles in a cabana.

YM, October 1987 – Johnny Depp and Sal Jenco

YM, October 1987 – Johnny Depp and Sal Jenco

Title: Johnny Depp and Sal Jenco

Publication: YM

Issue: October 1987


Photo1If you ask Sal Jenco and Johnny Depp where they met, chances are they’ll snow you with a story about a “nostril flaring festival in Rio de Janeiro.” Actually, they met under slightly less exotic circumstances: at gram­mar school in Florida. Sixteen years later, they’re still inseparable. When Johnny played guitar in a rock band, Sal was the band’s road manager; now that John­ny’s starring on the Fox Broadcasting series 21 Jump Street, Sal’s got a part, too. Perfect foils, Johnny is soft-spoken and baby-face handsome; Sal’s a roly-poly loud mouth. “The only time we argue is over the girls I date,” admits Sal, 24. “He spends too much money on them,” explains Johnny, 23. An aspiring stand-up comic, dead­pan Sal will tell you he also raises pygmy Palestinian llamas in Malibu, while straight-man Johnny swallows a laugh. “We’re like brothers, and we’re both major slobs,” says Johnny. Adds an uncharacteristically serious Sal: “Johnny’s very warm, very generous—the best guy I know. What can I tell you, I love the creep.”

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