Depp on kissing Keira, singing in a movie

This cool cat [Johnny Depp] is unfailingly courteous, funny, modest, candid-he answers all questions-and [is] approachable. We’ve interviewed him several times before, and we’re always reminded that the guy is dedicated to his [girlfriend], French singer-actress Vanessa Paradis (which explains why he is now fluent in French), and father to Lily-Rose, 7, and Jack, 4 writes Ruben V. Nepales of the Daily Inquirer.

Here’s an excerpt from a great interview that can be found in full on the INQ7.net website.

Can you describe the mood when you and Keira kissed?

DEPP: It is always awkward when you are kissing someone you are not romantically involved with. It is acting and it is fake. Kissing scenes are always strange to me, especially since Keira is twentysomething years younger. But she was a good sport. We did what we had to do … and moved on to the next thing. You can almost compare kissing scenes to stunts. It is a strange moment before and after. And then it is just done.

Interview: Johnny Depp

Our favorite buccaneer, Johnny Depp, resumes the role of the wildly flamboyant and hilarious Capt. Jack Sparrow, the craziest pirate on the high seas, in Gore Verbinski’s new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” by Sheila Roberts for Movies On Line.

Q. Were you surprised [Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl] became so popular, that you’re a crowd pleaser now?

Depp: I was definitely never a crowd pleaser. May not be after this one, you never know. I was very surprised, incredibly surprised…still am that “Pirates” did as well as it did and that the character made some friends out there. I am still surprised and touched.

Q. Why do you think it struck a chord?

Depp: In terms of what struck a chord with “Pirates,” I said for a long time and I really believe that studios were underestimating the intelligence of the audience or their needs. You go to the movies to be stimulated certainly, but you don’t go to the movies to know what the end is going to be. You want to be stimulated so I think that it was such a kind of different angle, that film, that people were ready for that kind of thing. That hyper kind of realism, the action sequences were insane. It wasn’t something they’ve seen all that much I think. I believe that’s what it was.

Read more of Shelia Robert’s interview with Johnny by following the link above.

Interview: Johnny Depp

IGN FilmForce spends some time with the captain by Jeff Otto.

Johnny Depp takes the character as laid out in the script and runs with it. Director Gore Verbinski admits to giving Johnny a certain carte blanche to add his personal touches to the part. “I think with everything you do… You have the basic structure; you have your basic bones and a solid foundation. But with every one, you do your best to kind of explore it as much as possible while you’re shooting. It could be something that comes to you, like sometimes it just comes to me when I’m reading a script. A line will just come to me and I’ll incorporate it into the thing and obviously run it by Ted and Terry and Gore and the other actors certainly.”

Read more of Jeff Otto’s interview with Johnny by following the link above.

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN STAR JOHNNY DEPP LIVES A PIRATES’ LIFE EVEN OFF CAMERA

In his exclusive interview for If Magazine Contributing Writer EMMANUEL ITIER talked with Johnny about playing Jack Sparrow in the Disney blockbuster sequel PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN’S CHEST. An excerpt follows:

iF: And how was it kissing Keira Knightley?

DEPP: Oh the smooch. Well those things are always so awkward especially because Keira and I have never been in that kind of situation together. She’s three and I’m a thousand. I’m Methuselah and she’s a toddler. There was that, but more than anything, we’ve known each other for a couple of years and suddenly it was, "Are you ready for this?" And you just kind of do it. It becomes more like a stunt in a way. "Where’s my double?" She was a great sport about it. She was really sweet.

Follow the link above to read more as Johnny talks about staying in character with his kids, Keith Richards as a dad, and French films.

Exclusive Interview with Johnny Depp – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

Johnny Depp has always been a star. Tim Burton’s go-to guy has won universal acclaim for a string of wonderful and original performances in films like Edward Scissorhands, Blow and Sleepy Hollow. But, without question, it was taking on the mantle of Captain Jack Sparrow that made Depp the biggest movie star in the world. And so, here we are, a humble film website, days from the release of its sequel – having been deafened the previous evening by tens of thousands of fans who were screaming his name at the London premiere – sat down with the man, the legend, Mr. Johnny Depp – By Joe Utichi.

Film Force: This is your first sequel, was it interesting getting a chance to go back to Jack?

Johnny Depp: The opportunity to play Jack Sparrow again was a real gift. I can very clearly remember wanting to be a pirate when I was a kid. It feels like that still exists for a lot of people. Something with the idea of total freedom. Everybody wants to be that free, everyone would love to be totally irreverent and not have to answer to anyone. At the end of the first one, I felt it wasn’t done; there was more to be done, more possibilities, more areas to explore.

As long as there’s a good script there, you’re OK. And I’d be happy to keep going with Captain Jack; I just very selfishly enjoy playing the character. I really love playing the guy, purely because it’s fun, nothing more. There’s no evil moment when you go into a back room and start counting money! It’s never been about that for me. It’s purely about playing the character. So if these guys wanted to continue on, on the same ride, if everything’s in the right place, if the script & story was good, I’d stay on the ride, sure.

The idea of a sequel felt totally normal to me. I was looking forward to it, just to be able to put the gear back on and become Captain Jack. And working with Stellan Skarsg

Exclusive Interview with Johnny Depp

Film Focus: Exclusive Interview with Johnny Depp – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest By Joe Utichi.

(This interview occured at the London Premiere of POTC 2 – Dead Man’s Chest. What follows is a short excerpt. To read the entire interview please follow the link above to the FilmForce Website.)

FF: Are you surprised that Captain Jack is such a loved character?

Johnny Depp: That’s an enormous surprise as well, the fact that people took the character in and really supported me. At a certain point during the production, some of the better-dressed people at Disney were having a difficult time with my interpretation of the character. The fact that audiences came in and supported me was a win-win situation.

FF: How do you react when you see people dressed up as him?

Johnny Depp: It’s very touching when you see a kid dressed up as your character, because a couple of years ago, the character didn’t exist. To see some little kid affected by something you’ve done is moving. At the same time I guess I’m relieved it’s Jack, I could have seen the idea of kids dressing up as Ed Wood or Raoul Duke. I might not have had the same reaction.

FF: People are starting to imitate the Captain Jack swagger…

Johnny Depp: *laughs* I suppose Jack’s body language, in fact, came from extreme heat. I went to a sauna, locked myself in; by the way, I don’t recommend that. Out on these open seas for a long period of time, he’d obviously be subjected to the elements. So what happens when you lock yourself in a very hot place, it starts to effect the way you move and that’s kind of how Jack’s movement was born.

FF: This is your first sequel, was it interesting getting a chance to go back to Jack?

Johnny Depp: The opportunity to play Jack Sparrow again was a real gift. I can very clearly remember wanting to be a pirate when I was a kid. It feels like that still exists for a lot of people. Something with the idea of total freedom. Everybody wants to be that free, everyone would love to be totally irreverent and not have to answer to anyone. At the end of the first one, I felt it wasn’t done; there was more to be done, more possibilities, more areas to explore.

As long as there’s a good script there, you’re OK. And I’d be happy to keep going with Captain Jack; I just very selfishly enjoy playing the character. I really love playing the guy, purely because it’s fun, nothing more. There’s no evil moment when you go into a back room and start counting money! It’s never been about that for me. It’s purely about playing the character. So if these guys wanted to continue on, on the same ride, if everything’s in the right place, if the script & story was good, I’d stay on the ride, sure.

The idea of a sequel felt totally normal to me. I was looking forward to it, just to be able to put the gear back on and become Captain Jack. And working with Stellan Skarsg

‘Pirates’: Yo ho, a new foe

Calendarlive.com – As Davy Jones, Bill Nighy plays a villain with real depth – By Martin Miller, Times Staff Writer. **CONTAINS SPOILERS**

British actor Bill Nighy is determined to make moviegoers hearts jump into their throats in the second installment of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” trilogy.

Nighy’s task, apart from frightening filmgoers, is to drive the story by serving as a sinister counterweight to Johnny Depp’s scene-stealing and heroic Capt. Jack Sparrow. Essentially, Jones is chasing after Sparrow for his soul.

“This role is like nothing else I’ve done before,” says Nighy, who worked closely with computer-imaging artists in creating the character. “One leg is a crab leg, one arm is a crab claw, and I’ve got squids leaping out of my face. It’s all pretty scary stuff.”

Hip Lili Taylor by Johnny Depp

INTERVIEW Magazine May 2006 – Johnny Depp interviews Lili Taylor.

For a working-class girl from the white-collar suburbs of Chicago who has always refused to have her edges buffed and who has a resume filled with more damaged, insecure, and shockingly unstable characters than a Hollywood studio boardroom the journey through moviedom has been less about making choices than winning battles.

We join the 39-year-old actress in this excerpt as she dishes with her Arizona Dream co-star Johnny Depp.

Johnny Depp: Now, there is something I’ve been meaning to say to you, because I haven’t seen you for a while. Do you remember a few years back when we were at my house here in Los Angeles and we were painting?

LT: Honey, I was just looking at your painting two minutes ago. I’ve got it up on the wall.

JD: I remember that we were painting and you grabbed the tiniest canvas and it was all pink and you painted this beautiful little girl in this sort of bluish protective sphere in the center of it. We were using these really heavy oil sticks and just laying it on really thick. Anyhow, there were two things I wanted to say to you about it. The first is that after, like, five years, your painting is finally dry. [Taylor laughs] And the second is that I have it up here in my house, and you should come see it sometime. It’s a beautiful little painting. Over the years we’ve talked a lot about painting and art brut and naive art and things like that. But it’s just one of my favorite paintings ever.

LT: Sweetie. I’ve got the one that you made for me with a three on it and a man’s face. I’m holding it in my hands right now. It’s so great that we’ve got each other’s little projects. Are you still in that house in Los Angeles?

JD: Yeah, still there, same joint. What used to look like Dracula’s castle now looks like Dracula’s castle crossed with Toys R Us.

LT: [laughs] The light from the kids has really brightened up the place, huh?

JD: Toys are everywhere. It’s madness.

LT: That’s sweet for the kids.

JD: Yeah, they are good kids. Really good kids. I’m so happy you’re writing. I remember when I was in New York a couple of years back, and you were working with all these little kids with that group.

LT: The 52nd Street Project.

JD: You slayed me with that. I thought it was such a brilliant thing.

LT: Oh, man, yeah. I haven’t done anything with them for a while, but they’re such a great organization. I actually just took a full-day workshop on teenage relationships and how to talk to kids about sex. I got a little certificate. But I was thinking about the 52nd Street Project the whole time and about how successful they’ve been, working with kids in the city who have to deal with a lot of stuff that kids in the suburbs maybe don’t have to confront so much. I’m sure that’s something that you think about too, with your kids.

JD: Oh, absolutely…And with the kiddies, man, just being a parent—-you start to worry 10 years ahead of the curve.

LT: You have a girl and a boy.

JD: Lily-Rose is 6 and a half years old now, and little Jack is 3 and a half. When I told my brother that we were going to have Lily, he congratulated me and said, “It’s the greatest thing you can do. Nothing will make you happier.” And then he said, “You’ll never have another calm moment, and you’ll never sleep the same way again.” And it’s absolutely all true, a thousand percent. [laughs]

LT: You’ve been doing some movies lately that your kids can enjoy, like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. After the workshop I went to, I really got to thinking about that. Obviously, I’m not a social worker. I’m an artist, and that’s what I do. So the question I keep asking myself is within what I do, what can I do?

JD: Well, you have a great conscience, and you care about what’s happening out there—- what’s going on, what’s going wrong, and what we can make go right. You’ve always been very smart about the choices you’ve made, and you have really taken great care with the things you’ve done.

LT: That’s what’s also been so great about seeing your career grow the way it has. There were times when people didn’t really see what you were doing or didn’t catch the movies you were in, and now it’s finally like, “Yeah, look what he’s been doing all along.”

*Our thanks to Johnny Depp Zone, Susanne, and DeepinDepp for the transcription!

Interview: Burton Talks ‘Corpse Bride,’ Oscar Nom

The colorless land of the living has just become paved with a bright red carpet and is illuminated by Oscar gold for director Tim Burton -by Tim Lammers, Web Staff Editor.

Naturally, that’s because the film genius’ stop-motion opus, “Corpse Bride,” is one of this year’s Academy Award nominees for Best Animated Feature. And while Burton plans on attending the ceremony March 5, he regrets to inform that the film’s stars, Victor Van Dort and the Corpse Bride, won’t have a seat at the ceremony.

“No puppets allowed — only pawns,” Burton told me, laughing, during a recent @ The Movies interview.

It’s only appropriate that Burton treat his puppet stars like royalty. After all, he is clearly humbled by the recognition of the Academy after toiling 10 years on the project. And holding steadfast with what some consider as a dying art form in the burgeoning age of computer-animated films is not an easy thing to do.

The wonderful thing about Burton’s work is that, in addition to Elfman, he’s created a solid company of players that we’ve come to depend on as viewers to always fulfill the filmmaker’s unique visions.

Chief among them is Depp, who teams with Burton for the fifth time with “Corpse Bride.” He previously teamed with the director on “Edward Scissorhands,” “Ed Wood,” “Sleepy Hollow” and just a couple months prior to “Corpse Bride,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”

“I really do enjoy working with him and in this case for me I was really lucky because there was some cross-over. Johnny would be doing Willy Wonka during the day and walk over (to the studio at night) and do ‘Corpse Bride,'” Burton said.

Depp’s value clearly comes from his desire to be an actor rather than a celebrity. His turn as Victor wasn’t about having them recognize that it was Johnny Depp’s voice; it was more about disappearing into the character.

“He was always does disappear, that’s the thing about him. I felt so lucky with this cast,” Burton said, humbly. “Really, when I read the names of the cast in ‘Corpse Bride,’ I’d go, ‘I just can’t believe it,’ because they’re all such great people and voices. Everybody, Johnny included, just came in and just hit it. It was really great.”

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In Deppth Interview

IF your last sight of Johnny Depp was as the thin, pale Willie Wonka in this year’s Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, you’d be in for a shock if you saw him now.

When we talked to him this summer in Nassau, Bahamas, he was already into his fourth month of the more than nine he’ll be spending filming two Pirates Of The Caribbean sequels back-to-back.

A glutton for punishment, Depp also pulled double duty last year — starring in Charlie for director/best-friend Tim Burton, and voicing Burton’s other movie, the stop-motion animated dark comedy Corpse Bride.

That’s quite the tan. I hope you’re using sunblock.

Thanks, what can I say? Three months on a boat. I’m not using sunblock at this point, but I did. You gotta watch the sun out here because it’ll really take a bite out of you. But now it’s sort of leveled off. I don’t think I will get any darker than this.

You’re not known for doing sequels and now you’re doing two at once.

Some people say “Ha! Depp sold out!” But I don’t believe I have. At least that wasn’t my intention. I wanted to play Captain Jack again because he’s so much fun to play. I mean, if they wanted to do Pirates 7, why not? In Pirates 2 and 3 you get to see a couple of newer layers of Captain Jack.

Tell me about doing two movies at once for Tim Burton.

We were just about to start Wonka, and Tim came and said, “You know, I’ve got this other thing I’m thinking about. This stop-motion thing. And I’d like to give you the script and tell me what you think.” [I said,] “Sure.” So I read the script [and] felt, “God, it’s amazing. It’s brilliant.” But I had no idea he was going to be doing them simultaneously. I mean, he was literally leaving the set of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and going into Corpse Bride… recordings and animation. It’s an incredible energy he has. I would literally leave the stage playing Wonka and then have to find this other character (Victor, the unintended betrothed of a haunted, undead bride) on the walk to the studio. Anything with Tim is always just a blast, you know?

Are you and Burton just on the same wavelength?

In terms of our relationship, Tim was the guy [supporting] me back
in 1990 (when Depp was a TV star on 21 Jump Street). The only other guy who’s gone out on a limb like that was John Waters with Cry-Baby. But Tim’s risk was quite a bit heftier. For him to cast me in Edward Scissorhands, that’s something I will never forget.

How does it feel to have all this clout all of a sudden? I hear you’re getting $37 million for the two Pirates movies.

How much? Can someone call my business manager? I have a series of questions for him. You know, I haven’t really thought about it much. Somebody mentioned something about some Forbes list (of highest-paid entertainers) and it just made me laugh. But I’ve been doing things I’ve chosen to do for quite a good stretch now. And that small group of people — and I hate to use the word, and I won’t use the word, fans-but, you know, that small core of people who’ve stuck with me all these years, I feel good for them, because after great masses of people decided to watch Pirates Of The Caribbean, they don’t have to hang their heads in shame. At least not so much.

– Jim Slotek

The essential Johnny Depp

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
Finding Neverland (2004)
Pirates of the Caribbean (2003)
Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)
Chocolat (2000)
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Donnie Brasco (1997)
Don Juan DeMarco (1997)
Ed Wood (1994)
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Benny & Joon (1993)
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Cry-Baby (1990)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

5 things about Johnny Depp

– He has 12 tattoos. He got his first at 17 (a Native American chief on his right bicep) and the last after the birth of his son (the name Jack on his right forearm).
– For Pirates of the Caribbean he knew that the directors would never agree to letting him get gold-capped teeth, so he went out and got lots more than he wanted done. He showed the directors, and they decided to let him keep a few — the ones he wanted all along.
– Made a brief cameo in Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare and was credited as Oprah Noodlemantra.
– He turned down the lead role in Speed (which made a star out of Keanu Reeves), Brad Pitt’s part in Legends of the Fall and the role of Lestat in Interview with the Vampire which later went to Tom Cruise.
– Depp, who now speaks French, lives with his family in a small town in France with a population of just over 2,000. He also owns a small island in the Caribbean.

I do?

Depp has been engaged four times!
– Sherilyn Fenn, actress (TV’s cult hit Twin Peaks)
– Jennifer Grey, actress (Dirty Dancing)
– Winona Ryder, actress (Edward Scissorhands). After their split, Depp had his WINONA FOREVER tattoo laser altered, removing the N and A so it now reads WINO FOREVER
– Kate Moss, model
– He is currently involved with French actress/singer Vanessa Paradis. They have two kids — Jack and Lily-Rose.

Big break

At 20, Depp was married to Lori Anne Allison who introduced him to her friend Nicolas Cage (National Treasure). Cage persuaded Depp to give acting a try. He made his feature film debut in Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street (the boyfriend that gets devoured by a killer bed — that’s Depp). It wasn’t until he was offered the role
of Officer Tom Hanson on the Fox TV series 21 Jump Street, that Depp became an instant teenage heartthrob.

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