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13 September 2005   Interviews No Comments

Despite the bad boy image he used to project during his younger years, Johnny Depp comes off as a soft-spoken, shy artist when it comes to doing interviews. That’s not to say that he’s a bad interview. In fact, I would say that our interviews with Johnny Depp contain some of the most insightful and interesting takes on the art of acting. – Ethan Aames for Cinema Confidential.

Q: The last two movies, Pirates and Charlie, had you playing characters that were way over the top. Do you prefer to play things closer to you or have nothing to do with you?

JOHNNY: Any actor with any semblance of sanity or insanity will tell you that our biggest fear is to go anywhere near where you are. It’s O.K. to use certain truths. It’s a great challenge and I’ve touched on it here and there in more charactery parts, like Libertine coming up. I, more than anything, am more interested in exploring one area and saying that it’s territory covered and seeing what happens next. Where do you go next?

There is that voice of Marlon Brando’s that reverbs to me. One time, he said (Johnny in Marlon Brando voice) How many movies do you do a year? Two or three. And he said, You gotta watch yourself. I said, Why? He says, We only have so many faces in our pocket. You get to a certain point when you play all these different characters that he really is right.

But one of the luxuries of an actor and one of the joys of the gig is you get to observe people. By observing people, you find little interesting traits and say, I’ll have a little bit of that. And you just store it up and save it for later because you never know when you’ll need it.

Q: Going back to Marlon’s comment, you have never returned to a character since 21 Jump Street so what was it about Captain Jack Sparrow that inspired you to do two more Pirates sequels?

JOHNNY: Speaking for myself, what happens to me is that with every character, once you’ve clicked into that character, you really know the guy. You become very close to him and love him. It’s always very difficult at the end, that week to 10 days before wrap, where you can hear that clock ticking. Then you go through this really nasty depression afterwards. There’s an odd separation anxiety because you’ve been this person for a pretty good length of time and then suddenly (whistles), gone.

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12 September 2005   Interviews No Comments

TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2005 – He shuns stardom, but Johnny Depp is still Hollywood royalty, writes Gayle MacDonald.

Before Johnny Depp entered the ballroom at the Sutton Place hotel this weekend, the room was abuzz with anticipation. Would he be shorter or taller than imagined? Would he be sporting his goatee and one of his frumpy hats? Would his deep-brown, usually unkempt locks, be long, short or pulled back in a pony tail?

Well, damned if any of us, sitting in the seats behind a sea of flash-bulb-frenzied paparazzi, had a clue. Practically frothing at the actor’s arrival, they screamed Depp’s name — “Turn left Johnny! Turn right Johnny!” — virtually ignoring the not-exactly lightweight company Depp was in, namely director Tim Burton (with whom the actor has made five films) and Burton’s feisty partner, Helena Bonham Carter, all here to talk about their new film, the stop-motion romance Corpse Bride.

When the moderator finally managed to get the mob in front to take their seats, Depp looked relieved but kind of stunned. He grimaced at Burton and Carter, and for the first 10 minutes of the press conference could not quite meet the gaze of anyone in the crowd.

There is celebrity elite, and then there is Hollywood royalty. And despite years of trying to shun stardom — and stridently searching for roles that were distinctly non-mainstream — Depp has still somehow landed himself in the surreal realm of the latter category. His stature clearly makes him squirm.

10 September 2005   Interviews No Comments

A sheik Johnny Depp and a relaxed looking Tim Burton sauntered into the Sutton Place Hotel this morning to discuss the pair’s latest collaborative effort – “Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride.” – By MARK DANIELL — For JAM! Movies.

Flanked by Helena Bonham Carter (Depp’s virtual costar and Burton’s real-life partner), producer Allison Abbate, co-director Mike Johnson and composer Danny Elfman, the duo talked about everything from their 15-year-long creative association to why they’ve never made a sequel.

But from the outset, Burton wanted to separate this latest animated effort from his groundbreaking stop-animation project – 1993’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

“‘Nightmare’ was a more complete thing,” he offered up. “‘Corpse Bride’ is more organic and something we worked on all the way through.”

While it sounds a bit macabre, Burton thinks it’s good that “Corpse Bride” delves into some bittersweet storytelling.

And though the whole animation thing was new to Depp and Bonham Carter, both couldn’t have loved it more.

“I wish I could play puppets the rest of my life,” Bonham Carter quipped. “You don’t have to worry about hair and make-up. You’re not trapped by your envelope.”

The film, which Burton and Johnson had been working on for several years, went into overdrive while Burton was filming “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” last year with Depp, Bonham Carter and Danny Elfman in England.

“Grilling Tim on the set was how I prepared for the part of Victor,” Depp recalled with a laugh. “I feel lucky that these parts arrived in front of me.”

“But,” he said looking exasperatingly at the director, “I still can’t believe he was able to bounce back and forth between the two.”

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10 September 2005   Interviews No Comments

Johnny Depp talks about his role in The Corpse Bride during a news conference for the movie during the International Film Festival in Toronto, Saturday – by Megan Leach.

TORONTO (CP) – The walking dead, dancing skeletons, murderous plots, arranged marriage and assorted talking creepy-crawlies – those are just some of the players in Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride. The film has its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and the stars and creators were on hand for a news conference Saturday.

The stop-action feature was a painstaking process for the filmmakers, with a week of work often producing as little as six seconds of finished film. But Burton, who produced and co-directed the film with Mike Johnson, said the method was the only choice for this story.

“This medium felt right for this story,” said Burton. “There’s something very emotional about the medium itself.”

Despite the stop-action technique, the animation process on Corpse Bride was more advanced than on Nightmare. “The process is moving the puppet one frame at a time. The technique is as old as cinema itself,” said Johnson. “Sophisticated puppets and digital cameras, that’s what helped us move it forward.”

16 July 2005   Interviews No Comments

Johnny Depp (Willy Wonka), Director Tim Burton, David Kelley (Grandpa Joe), and Freddie Highmore (Charlie Bucket) were recently interviewed at a press conference held in London on July 16, 2005. The subject was to discuss their much anticipated new movie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. This unoffical transcript was compiled by Jack Foley.

Q. For the actors, having real sets must make a huge difference, I would have thought?

A: Oh yeah. I mean to have all that stuff around you to react to and especially for the kids I imagine, you know?

Q. You always seem to play eccentric characters in film like Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow and now Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. How much of you is there in these films?

Burton: We’ve got lots of problems. (Laughter). So we like to work them out in films.

Depp: It is kind of therapeutic to go in and make an ass of yourself and be paid for it. There’s something to be said for that. As an actor, with any character you play, you have to bring as much of your own truth to the character as possible and then you make an ass of yourself.

Q: How do you go about finding the character of Willy Wonka? Obviously, you don’t want to go down the route that was done in the 1971 film, so where do you get the character from?

A: We’re all very lucky to have the book. That source material is an amazing help in building the character of Wonka, using Roald Dahl’s work. In early conversations with Tim we talked about various things, like memories when we were growing up of children’s show hosts and that kind of strange cadence with which they spoke to children.

You know that kind of [puts on voice] ‘Hello kiddies. Today…’ So we talked about that kind of thing. And like game show hosts, the mask that they put on, the sort of perpetual grimace, that kind of thing. And then we just went from there.

Q: I’ve heard that you don’t like taking your characters home with you but weren’t you just a little tempted to take some of that jive talk home with you and if you did, what did you say?

A: I am a big fan of jive talk. No, I think with all the characters, it might be a good thing, it might be a bad thing, you know they’re still in there. All these guys are still not too far from the surface.

It’s just like opening and closing a drawer. Wonka was a fun one to play ‘cos once I found him, I kind of never knew what he was gonna say, stuff would just kind of happen and the jive talk somehow seemed very fitting.

Q: What does your daughter think about your work? Do you show some of your movies to your daughter?

A: Some of them, yeah, some of them. (Laughter). Others I’m not sure my kids are ready for it, and not sure I’m ready for it either.

They saw Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which made me real nervous. I was really scared that they were gonna come home and just go, ‘Nah, Dad, better luck next time’. But they came home quoting it, which was real fun.

Q: I wonder if you could characterise what it is about Freddie Highmore that makes him such a fine young actor and was there anything that he did perhaps on this film that even surprised you?

A: For me, having had the luxury of working with him before on Finding Neverland, I would characterise Freddie as completely pure and honest and just the sweetest most normal guy in the world.

Really, really wise beyond his years. Working with Freddie I think all of us noticed he ups the stakes because when he gets in there he delivers 100%.

Burton: And he hasn’t done any jail time yet! [Laughter] For a child actor, he’s doing very well so far.

Q: In the movie, the dream of the children all around the world was to win a golden ticket to visit the factory. Do you think children in the world share a common dream nowadays? What was your dream when you were a child and lastly what do you dream for your son and for your daughter?

A: As any parent, my wish for my kids is a perfect life, perfect happiness, perfect health, perfect everything. That’s kind of a given. Kids around the world… boy, I don’t know what they dream of.

In this day in age they’re probably dreaming of peace and some kind of clarity and rationale.

When I was a little kid I wanted to be everything from Evil Knievel to the first white Harlem Globetrotter. And I’m still trying. Then I wanted to play guitar and now I’m here. (Laughter)

Q: Are fans in the street in France more reserved about approaching you than say fans in America?

A. I fnd people pretty much everywhere just very, for the most part, respectful and just kind of curious. Maybe they’ve seen you in a couple of things and they generally just want to say ‘Hi’. For the most part, people are very, very nice everywhere. It’s just a different language.

Q: I read somewhere that when you were a kid you changed homes about 20 times before you were 15. This movie is very much about instability and some rejection. How much did this inform your performance? Secondly, how much did it, back then, inform your choice of going into the business?

A. Because we led such a nomadic existence when I was a kid, by the time I was 15, 16, 17, we lived in probably 30, 35 houses. I mean crazy, you know?

So that has had a great effect on who I am today. Me and my kids and my girl, we don’t stay in one place too long, gotta keep on sort of moving. I didn’t really think about it so much for this film, for the character of Wonka.

Q: What do you think of press reports that you affect a Michael Jackson-like character for Willy Wonka and do you think in light of the Jackson trial that this could actually hurt the film?

A: I’ve finally made it [laughter]. Honestly, when we were doing the film it never dawned on me that there would be any kind of comparison, it never entered my mind.

Burton [looking amazed]: Didn’t you enjoy his Sky trial recreations?! I thought he did an excellent job! [Laughter]

Depp: I don’t really know what to say any more about Michael Jackson other than he’s really a fine dancer.

Burton: It’s false as we based it on Latoya! [Laughter]

Q: There are lots of sweets in this film. Do you eat sweets and what are your favourites? Do you limit the amount of sweets that your kids can have? Are you strict like Willy Wonka’s father?

A: My God, nobody could be as strict as Christopher Lee. You have to police the intake of sweets with kiddies otherwise they’ll be doing wind sprints at 3am. I myself have never been a big sweets fan. Tim?

Burton: No. They asked you, not me!

Depp: I just wanted to check.

Burton: I like hot dogs.

Depp: I like devilled eggs.

Q: Could you elaborate a bit more how you prepared for this role, you’ve already mentioned the children’s TV host but what else did you specifically do to get in to your role?

A: When I’m reading a script I start getting images, or ideas start coming in to my head, so I write everything down.

Like the hair-do, somehow I saw that early on but it took a long time before I could see or hear Wonka. That’s pretty much it. You just build it layer upon layer and finding him. Even when we started shooting I think it took me probably about ten days to really feel like I clicked with the guy. The teeth, the teeth were big. That was very helpful.

Q: Do you think being a father yourself has helped you add texture or depth to this role as it’s a children’s story?

A: I think being a father helps to add depth and texture and all kinds of wonderful things. Early on, when I was working on Wonka, the character, trying to figure out what he was going to be, what he was going to look like, sound like and after having tons of conversations with Tim, I would test the voice out on my daughter, Lily-Rose.

It seemed to work on her so I kind of ran with it. They affect every aspect of your personal life, your working life, everything.

Q: Getting the Golden Ticket is every boy’s dream in this film. I wonder what event you would buy a thousand chocolate bars to get a dream ticket for?

A: To bear witness to Britney Spear’s child’s birth! [Laugher]

Q: You’ve told us before about your very interesting way of building your characters out of people you see or celebrities. Out of what did you build this character?

A: There wasn’t any specific person or inspiration, more the memories of those talk show hosts. In the States we had this guy called Captain Kangaroo. Even then it was strange, but if you go back now and watch it, it’s really out there.

He had his pal, Mr Green Jeans and Bunny Rabbit. It was memories of watching these guys as a child – game show hosts like Wink Martindale – those game show guys who were always smiling. No-one specific though.

Q: What are you currently working on and what’s planned for the future?

A: At the moment we’re on hiatus on shooting Pirates two and three. It’s going well so far, I haven’t been fired which is good. I did a film last year called The Libertine which is coming out December I think? That’s pretty much it at the moment.

Q: Isn’t it time to change roles? What about you as the director and Tim Burton as the actor?

Depp: Wow.

Burton: You don’t want to see me act. Believe me.

Depp: That would be great.

Burton: That’s a scary thought.

Depp: You know. Thinking if the tables were turned and I could do some of the things that Tim has done to me over the years. [Laughter]

Burton: The revenge story.

Depp: Squirting blood all over my face off camera on Sleepy Hollow, giggling like an infant.

Burton: That was fun.

Depp: That was fun. [Laughter]. Sometimes we get together and do that on the weekends.

Burton: You also like being dragged by a horse.

Depp: Yeah, there were two horses and I was being dragged on this thing. [Motions with his hands]

Burton: They had really bad flatulence.

Depp: They’d had a curry for lunch. [Laughter] I was the recipient. I tried directing once. It was a big learning experience, but I definitely wouldn’t do it again if I had to be in it. I wouldn’t cast me.

Q: You choose to play a lot of characters who are the eternal child. Are you not afraid of getting stuck playing the same role? Do you not want to try to change or move on to different types of characters?

A: With each character, as an actor, I think you owe it more to the audience, not to yourself or the filmmaker, to try something different each time. I think it’s important to try to keep playing different types of guys and to keep exploring, because you are constantly learning. If you keep playing the same characters it’s like you know Thursday, Friday, Saturday, meatloaf. It’s the same old thing over again. So I just try to do different things each time. Frankly, it’s a miracle that I still get jobs.

Q: Can you see yourself playing the conventional romantic comedy lead because all of your characters seem to have something weird or surreal about them?

A: I thought Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was conventional. [Laughter]. I thought Ed Wood was a conventional romantic comedy. [Laughter] Tim and I came here to announce that we’re going to do Friends the movie.

Q: Suppose you were as poor as Charlie and his family, would you still be happy?

A: It could certainly happen again. When I was growing up we weren’t particularly overflowing with money – in my childhood and stuff. I never expected to last this long in this racket to be honest with you. I always expected to go back to playing guitar or pumping gas or whatever.

And it still could happen. As long as you have the ability to breathe, the gift of breath and life, your kids and your girl, sure, just keep moving forward.

Q. You played an Irish gipsy in Chocolat – was it difficult for you to get the accent? I read that you have Irish roots..

A. I did play an Irish guy in Chocolat. I do have a little bit of Irish blood in me, or so I’m told. Years ago Marlon Brando had asked me to come to Ireland with him to do this film that he was doing called Divine Rapture.

He told me I was going to be playing a journalist from New York so I said, ‘Maybe I should read the script’ and he said ‘No, don’t worry about it. Just show up on this date’.

So I showed up on the Friday to shoot Monday morning and on the Saturday I met the director for the first time and he said: “How’s the accent coming?”

I said “What accent?” and he said “Well, your Dublin accent because you’re a journalist from Dublin.”

So I had little over twenty four hours to learn a Dublin accent. That was one of Marlon’s great practical jokes. He laughed for a long time on that. [Laughter]

Before I had done Chocolat I had learnt the accent for Divine Rapture and we shot for about two weeks and it evaporated.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Tim Burton interview

Compiled by: Jack Foley

Q. I was lucky enough to visit Pinewood where there were some amazing sets, so I just wondered, for all four of you, what that meant having those real sets to work with as opposed to more CGI?

A. Well, it’s like this. It’s really nice to have real fake grass! We were very lucky to be able to build sets. I mean that was one of the things that was important to me just because it’s a movie about texture, that’s what I remember from the original book – the feeling and the descriptions and the textures. So it was important for us to kind of have them be real and not be stuck in a blue room for six months so we could experience the sets and all of that.

Q. At what point did you decide to have just one person playing all the Oompa Loompas as that was a decision that was very noticeable in the film?

A: Well it seemed like there were three ways to go with it. One was hire a cast of Oompa Loompas, or the more modern approach would be to do them all CG. But I just felt the human element was still important to it, you know? Deep (Deep Roy) looks like an Oompa Loompa to me. [Laughter].

It also just seemed to fit with the Roald Dahl kind of universe, there was something kind of weird about it that seemed appropriate to me.

Q. Do you and Johnny have the perfect working relationship?

A: It’s not something we discuss over coffee, we don’t discuss our perfect working relationship [laughter]. We have a good time and try to take it seriously enough because we are spending other people’s money. It’s always a pleasure because he loves dressing up in funny clothing and costumes, it’s great.

Q: Did you think you had enough free rein even within the Hollywood constructs do to exactly what you wanted with this film or was there a darker place where you wanted to go?

A: The studio was really good. Luckily we had the book, we never felt that we wanted to stray and make it darker than the book or lighter than the book. Our goal was to make it tonally as close to the book as we could. We had that source material and that was the common ground I think that made it.

Q: In your last few movies, I could not find that darkness that was present in your work before that. What has changed in your life?

A: Watching the Tellytubbies and The Wiggles! [Laughter] I just have a much cheerier outlook on life. I’m just a happy person.

Q. I thought your re-imagining of the film was much closer in spirit to the book than the 1971 version. I thought the way the children were dispatched one by one was very satisfyingly done. What extra elements did you put into that?

A: We tried to keep close to the book. The only thing we added that wasn’t in the book was the Wonka back story. But everything else was trying to be to the spirit of the book ‘cos the reason we all wanted to do the film was because of the book, rather than the other film. He was such an amazing writer, you know. We wanted to try to capture his humour and light and dark and emotion that he puts into one package, so we tried to go for the book.

Q: I like the humour of Mike Teavee possibly going into 2001: A Space Odyssey…

A: We would have sent him there sooner if we could! No, they’re all really good kids.

Q: Did you use the old film as a reference point at all?

A: No, no. I know for a lot of people it’s a classic film but it never had that impact on me. The writer said “Should I look at that?” and I said “No, just read the book”. So no, we didn’t.

Q: You shot as many scenes as possible on set but did the CGI animation make it possible that you really could really fulfil your vision?

A: We tried to use it minimally. It was important to have sets that we built – the town, the factory, the rooms. Everything. Obviously, you use some CG. But the mandate was always to keep it as minimal as possible.

Q: Tim and Johnny, you both have small children. Do you let them play computers as much as they like? Freddie how were you raised? Is there anything your parents pointed out?

Burton: Mine’s too young, he’s not quite there yet. I don’t know yet. I’m banning The Wiggles! [Laughter]

Depp: I’m disappointed that my kids are now growing out of The Teletubbies and The Wiggles and I want to continue watching them! [Laughter] So I just will.

Burton: I’ll send you all the copies.

Q: I know Tim and Johnny you’ve collaborated on five films together if you count Corpse Bride and Freddie and Johnny, you’ve worked together. What do you find are the advantages or disadvantages, if there are any, of working with the same people over and over?

Burton: Well for me every time I’ve worked with Johnny it just gets better and better because you see him change and do different things. There’s something that when you work with the same people you get that feeling, and I love it because it’s like a weird family when you’re making a movie, so it’s nice to be around people you like.

Depp: There’s kind of a built in language from having had other experiences together before, having explored other stories and characters before. So, it’s great for me. Working with Tim is like arriving home. It’s a very comfortable place for me.

Q: Why did you choose to show more of a story, with the flashbacks, of Willy Wonka? Do you think it took more of the mystery away?

A: Obviously, that’s not in the book, but we, or at least me, sort of thought that when you see an eccentric character if you don’t get a flavour of why he’s eccentric, then he’s just a weird guy.

We wanted to show a little bit of that to get a flavour of that without destroying the mystique of the character. The great thing about the Wonka character is that you’re never quite sure about him. That was an important quality to maintain. You get a little bit of the flavour of his background without destroying the, you know, ‘What’s up with this guy? Is he good? Is he bad?’ You know, the mystery of the character.

Q: If you had chosen to ignore the back story, do you thing you would have focused more on other characters, such as the children?

Burton: No. The book doesn’t explain his eccentricity. I think that if you would’ve just let Johnny act that way without any explanation as to why the guy is so sort of cut off at a certain level, then you would never get that. So we tried to keep it in the spirit of Dahl’s work even though it wasn’t in the book.

Depp: As an actor, it’s the kind of thing that you try to put in your homework, you know, that kind of back story, even if it isn’t on the page or in the film. This was a sort of great luxury into the history, the back story of Wonka. It was really helpful, not just for me as the actor, but also for the audience. It was a really brave move.

Q: Do you have some kind of plan to adapt your Oyster Boy comics and bring it to the screen?

A: Oh, it’s just crying out for the big screen. [Laughter] Big action movie… Oyster Boy. Yeah, what do you think? He’s a real pearl. No plans at the moment.

Q: How important was it that the Dahl family cooperated with the production? Widow (Felicity) Dahl was consulted all the way through wasn’t she?

A: I was more nervous showing them the movie than the studio just because it’s their baby, so to speak. I was really nervous, but they were great all the way through. She’s really a great person.

Q: Tim did you train forty squirrels to crack the nuts and throw them down the chute?

A: I did not personally train 40 squirrels, there is a guy in an asylum that we gotta go get out after he’s recovered. Do you remember the look on his face?

David Kelly: He’s in the Home for the Bewildered.

Burton: He’ll be let out of the hospital in about six months.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Freddie Highmore interview

Compiled by: Jack Foley

Q: Getting the Golden Ticket is every boy’s dream in this film. I wonder what event you would buy a thousand chocolate bars to get a dream ticket for?

A: Working on Charlie was just that. It was a fantastic experience. I thought we’d be working on these blue screens all the time but they’d actually built all these sets. You know the chocolate room which was very overwhelming.

Q. Do your parents treat you any differently now that you have become a celebrity?

A: I think my parents are just normal. They don’t treat me differently or anything, I just do what normal kids do cos I’m a normal kid. [Laugher]

Q: And an Arsenal fan, is this true Freddie?

A: Yeah, I do like football or soccer. [Laughter]. We didn’t win last season but one of our best players left yesterday, I think. So that’s not too good. [Laughter]

Q: How aware were you of this material and how did you put your individual stamp on your characters?

A: I didn’t watch the original movie. I just thought it was better to base Charlie on the book and what Tim thought about him. And I think everyone can see themselves in Charlie. You know, because Charlie can’t run faster than anyone else. He doesn’t wave a magic wand. He’s just… he’s just normal and most people are normal. Like me. (Laughter)

Q: How did you become Charlie? Where did you get the inspiration from and what did you have to go through to find that person and become Charlie? How did you prepare?

A: As I said earlier, I read the book. I think Charlie’s just normal. You just try and get inside the character each time you play it. Obviously when you’re working with Johnny and when you look into his eyes you don’t see Johnny. You see Willy Wonka. That helps a lot.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – David Kelly interview

Compiled by: Jack Foley

Q. What was it like to come in to this production and work with Tim and Johnny and Freddie?

A: I mean it was absolute bliss being handed the part of Grandpa Joe and being trusted with it by Tim and Richard. It was a joy because I knew the book very well and the idea that I’d play Grandpa Joe at some stage was this amazing, amazing happening.

Working with Johnny and Freddie, I just can’t begin to tell you, as the song says, because Johnny is extraordinary. I’d say it even if he wasn’t here. [Laughter]

He’s obviously a marvellous international movie star but he’s a great deal more than that, he’s a very gifted artist. There are lots of good movie stars at the moment, especially leading men in the States but Johnny is miles ahead of that. He’s wonderful to watch let alone play with. It was a joy and I feel very privileged. Hand on heart.

Q. I wanted to know how comfortable was it for the four of you in the bed, was it comfortable? And do you feel these guys treated Roald Dahl fairly and nicely?

A: We’ll start with the bed. It brought back all kinds of memories. [Laughter]. Sharing the bed for I think three weeks with two ladies and a gentleman, even by Hollywood standards was kind of bizarre, weird. It was great and very restful and working with these gentlemen, I think they were very true to Roald Dahl.

Burton: It was a constant orgy in that bed!

Kelly: It was, actually. I promised the ladies I wouldn’t discuss this but there it’s come up. I think Tim, Johnny and, indeed, Freddie were very true to the thing. Let’s face it, Roald Dahl told the story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory beautifully and to try and tell it as well as Roald Dahl did I think Tim, Johnny, Richard and Freddie really succeeded and gave you little extras as well.

That’s a tricky thing to be one up on Roald Dahl and be true at the same time. Freddie was great and I have to play a compliment here, because in the story with the joy of playing Grandpa Joe bringing him as his minder to the factory, one was aware all the time that Freddie’s hand was out watching the old bugger so that he wouldn’t fall down!

And he said to me out of the hearing of the other actors “If you want to lean on me, David, do.” And do not think I did not pick him up on that. [Laughter] Thanks, Freddie.

Thanks to Scott Foley and Johnny Depp-zone.com for the transcript.

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Q: You’ve been very open about your influences for Captain Jack Sparrow. Was there anyone who was your model for Wonka?

JOHNNY DEPP: On this film with Willy Wonka there wasn’t specifically any one or two guys that were models, so to speak, for the character, but there were memories that I have of when I was a little kid of watching children’s shows and children show hosts. And I distinctly remember, even at that age, their speech pattern and their kind of musical quality of the way they’re speaking to the camera, to the children. I thought, even then, it was really strange. I thought it was super bizarre because it was all, “Hello, children. How are you??” You know, that kind of thing. Guys that I watched like Captain Kangaroo and Mr. Rogers and Uncle Al became that main part of the ingredient. And game show hosts that I remember seeing and watching and thinking, “My God! They can’t be like that at home. They can’t actually be like that.” Which sort of led me to believe that they put on a mask to get that all-important positive smile. So, that was the other side of Wonka. And then doing stuff for the look of Wonka was incredibly important. It was incredibly important to have a feel for it and to be able to put that costume on and click those veneers into my mouth and the teeth, which actually changed the shape of my face a little bit.

Q: You’d previously mentioned that one of the hardships about making films for you now is that you’ve had to be away from your kids. You’ve tried to keep them around you as much as possible?

DEPP: Yes, they’re here. They’re with me. The most I’ve ever been apart from my kids in my career was four or five weeks, and that drove me mad. One shouldn’t have to do that. I can’t do it. So I, as much as humanly possible, I bring them with me on location. And if Vanessa is doing a film and I’m not working, I’ll go on location with her. So, yeah, I have to have them around.

Q: What was your inspiration for this interpretation of Willy Wonka?

DEPP: As a kid, from what I understand, I’d like to think I was like Charlie, but I don’t think I was. My [mother] says that I was… she uses the term hellion. I wasn’t obnoxious or precocious, but I was curious. A lot of practical jokes and stuff like that. I got on her nerves, basically. I pissed her off quite frequently.

Q: Some have already drawn the conclusion that your interpretation of the character could be likened to Michael Jackson. Tim and you have already stated that this never was the case. Does the fact that this comparison has been made bother you?

DEPP: It doesn’t bother me. Everybody’s entitled to think what they want, even while being violently wrong. (Laughs) The weird thing is, that actually never occurred to me, that there would ever be any kind of connection to Michael Jackson. It never entered my mind. I still don’t quite understand it. I guess I can on one level because of the make-up and the children and the fantasyland kind of thing. But it seems weird to me. I say if there was anyone you’d want to compare Wonka to it would be a Howard Hughes, almost. Reclusive, germaphobe, controlling.

Q: Can you tell us, what was it about Freddie Highmore that made you so convinced he was the right kid to play Charlie? What was it that you said to Tim as far as convincing him to cast Freddie?

DEPP: Have you guys met Freddie yet? He’s pretty impressive. The first thing that struck me about Freddie when I met him on Finding Neverland were his eyes. Not just because they’re these piercing, beautiful blue eyes. It was something in that there’s a purity in Freddie that is astonishing. It’s mesmerizing. He’s incapable of lying or telling a lie. He’s just so pure. That’s the first thing. And then you get to work with him see what his abilities are as an actor. He’s super talented. Beyond all of the great things that Freddie is, yes, he’s a great actor, he’s had great success as a young actor, but it doesn’t remotely interest him really. He wants to play football. He goes on vacations with his family. He’s just a really normal, very well-rounded kid.

Q: You do tend to move around from character to character? Is that a reflection of your life? Do you think you’ll now do something completely different than Jack Sparrow or Willy Wonka?

DEPP: About moving around, I don’t want to be stuck in one spot. My childhood was spent moving around. We were total nomads. Like gypsies just moving from one place to another all of the time and it’s just kind of ingrained into my psyche, into my being. So, I couldn’t stand being in one spot for too long a period of time. Essentially we spilt the year out. Six months in Los Angeles and six months in France. It just seems to work for us. I like, very selfishly and very simply, I like keeping a distance from Hollywood and the sort of whatever… social expectations in Hollywood… because I’m not good at it. I’m really not good at that kind of game. I find great comfort in having that distance because I don’t have the pressure or responsibility of knowing who’s the top dog this week and who’s out from last week. I don’t know who anybody is and I really like it.

Q: Did you get to spend a lot of time with the Oompa-Loompa man himself, Deep Roy?

DEPP: He’s a ball, man. He’s a real force to be reckoned with. We started calling him the hardest working man in show business. I’d see him on a Tuesday and he’d be in his red Oompa-Loompa outfit and then on the Wednesday he’d be in his blue outfit Oompa-Loompa outfit and then on Thursday the white one. And then on Friday he’s dressed up as like this 80’s metal star. It was like, “What are you doing?” He was all over the place. He’s just incredible.

Q: You had quite a strange experience at Cannes, can you tell us about that? Your film The Brave was well received by some, but then on the other hand, it was loathed by others.

DEPP: You know what was traumatizing, what was very, very strange in terms of this film I directed a few years back called The Brave. Well, I guess I wouldn’t say traumatizing, but I would say weird: at the premiere of the film the reception of it was beyond any expectation that I had. I had no idea I’d be looking at Bertolucci or Antonioni sitting there watching my film. And then to receive the applause that my film got, it was so incredible. And then the next day the majority of the American press, just turn it into this horrible thing. Once again, everybody is entitled to their opinion, man. Maybe it’s a bad film? Maybe it’s a good film? To me it’s just a film. It’s something I needed to make.

Q: How are things going with Pirates of the Caribbean 2?

DEPP: We’ve been shooting Pirates 2 for a few months now. We had a hiatus that was planned. It was supposed to start tomorrow, but we went into hiatus a bit early because of bits that we were going to shoot up in Grand Bahama; sets and stuff that weren’t ready. But more than that, one of our actors, one of our main guys, Kevin McNally who plays Gibs, ended up with a really nasty ear infection in both ears. He was in England and unable to get on a plane. So we just weighed all of the options and said we’ll break now, go on hiatus, and when we start up again we’ll finish the bit through to 2.

Q: Any truth to the rumor you’re trying to get Keith Richards to play your father in the movie?

DEPP: Yes.

Q: Will he?

DEPP: I don’t know exactly. It looks like it’s going to happen but I don’t know when. It’s all going to depend on where we are and where he is. Because, you know, he’s got a little thing called the Rolling Stones tour.

[Editor’s note: Depp confirmed Keith Richards’ casting a couple days ago at the LA. premiere of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.]

Q: What did you think of their decision to add some flashbacks to Wonka’s childhood to add depth to the character?

DEPP: The first thing I thought was that it was very brave of [screenwriter] John August and Tim to make that decision and to go in that direction. And to keep it in the spirit of Roald Dahl’s intent was no small undertaking. In terms of cinema it’s a great tool. It’s a beautiful luxury for an actor because it explains of the back-story, a lot of where Wonka comes from. But for an audience it gives you a bit more insight to what this guy is and how he’s become what he’s become. So, yeah, I was really pleased about the back-story.

Q: You’ve now received Oscar nominations two years in a row. Would you like to get another one for this film?

DEEP: It’s not something that I think about everyday. I try not to think about that kind of stuff. I’m really flattered and honored that I’ve been able to get the nominations and stuff for various awards that I ended up getting. That was like totally unexpected and shocking to me. In fact, that’s sort of enough for me. The nomination, that was fine. I don’t like to go up in front of all those people and say thanks. You know what I mean? That stuff scares the s*** out of me. I just scares me. Winning would be nice but I don’t need it. For me it’s all about the work and the need to do something.

Q: As a kid having seen Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory did you ever dream you’d play the man himself?

DEPP: No. My dream, always when I was growing up, was that I wanted to be a rock & roll guitar player. (Laughs)

Q: In portraying Hunter S. Thompson in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas you became very close to him. How have things been for you since his passing?

DEPP: On the day that Hunter made his exit it was… I found out… It must have been an hour or two hours after it actually happened. It was and is ? even though on the one hand I understand. He was a guy who lived his life exactly the way he wanted to live it. He dictated to life what it was going to be like, and so he made his exit in the same way. It… it doesn’t make it hurt any less. He was a great hero, a great pal and a great friend. He was a pop, he was a father, he was a grandfather. He was so many things to so many people. I, I’ll miss him every day. And I think about that bastard every day. (Laughs)

Q: Are you and Tim Burton just essentially drawn to bringing to life more quirky characters?

DEPP: We both have a tendency to do that. I think Tim and I share as well, there’s a kind of fascination with people, with human beings. The human animal. And I think we share also the idea that most people in life, especially the one that are considered super normal, you really can kind of step back and observe them and watch them. You’ll realize that they’re actually really fascinating. Most people are really nice and that’s fascinating to watch. And I think Tim feels the same way.

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“Johnny is a great character actor,” says director Tim Burton. “A character actor in the form of a leading man – by Steve Head – July 13, 2005 – Ign.com

Steve Head: You do tend to move around from character to character? Is that a reflection of your life? Do you think you’ll now do something completely different than Jack Sparrow or Willy Wonka?

Johnny DEPP: About moving around, I don’t want to be stuck in one spot. My childhood was spent moving around. We were total nomads. Like gypsies just moving from one place to another all of the time and it’s just kind of ingrained into my psyche, into my being. So, I couldn’t stand being in one spot for too long a period of time. Essentially we spilt the year out. Six months in Los Angeles and six months in France. It just seems to work for us. I like, very selfishly and very simply, I like keeping a distance from Hollywood and the sort of whatever… social expectations in Hollywood… because I’m not good at it. I’m really not good at that kind of game. I find great comfort in having that distance because I don’t have the pressure or responsibility of knowing who’s the top dog this week and who’s out from last week. I don’t know who anybody is and I really like it.

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Q. You’ve said every movie you’ve done has been for your children, even before they were born. What do you mean by that?

In the late ’80s when I was on that TV show “21 Jump Street” – on the one hand it was a great thing. It was an incredible learning experience. It did a lot for me. I was making money for the first time in my life. That was not bad. There were a lot of very positive aspects to that situation. There were also negative aspects. At that time as a television actor, it was very, very difficult to break into films.

I was released [from “Jump Street”] while I was doing “Edward Scissorhands,” and I swore to myself that I would only work on these films or these projects that I would at least someday be able to say to my kids, “That was all me. That’s pure me. I didn’t sell out, because I don’t want you to be mortified or embarrassed.” So that was what was in my head at the time, just thinking if I am going to do this, I am going to do it on my terms.

Q. Why do you and Tim Burton work so well together?

It all stems from Tim’s bravery. Early on for “Edward Scissorhands” we had this great meeting and somehow connected. I never expected that he would cast me in that role. I never expected that he would take the risk on me, which was a really big risk at that time. He just did, and somehow there is this kind of mutual understanding of things, and a mutual fascination with people, human beings, weirdness, character flaws, human tics and all of that stuff.

Q. Did you watch the original “Willy Wonka”? Did it inspire how you portrayed your character?

I watched the original when I was a kid. I ended up watching it with my kids, up until it was time for me to play the role of Willy Wonka. [Then,] when my kids would put the DVD in, I would run to the next room, because I didn’t want to be influenced at all. I was really conscious about making sure I went to a different area than Gene Wilder.

Q. Gene Wilder has said “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” was only remade to make money, and that Hollywood has no business messing with a classic film. What’s your take on this?

Making a statement that they only made this film because of the money is a really odd statement to make from a guy who has been in the business as long as he has. … All movies were made because somebody somewhere wanted a return on their dollar that they spent. Ultimately, it’s a business. If you can dance around in there and avoid the sharp edges, and understand the game, but not play the game, then you’re OK. Of course it is a dirty business, but that doesn’t mean that it’s all about money for me. My intentions are as pure as they can be.

Q. It seems you haven’t done a straight-up Hollywood film. Would you ever?

There were a few things that came around the bend, that they tried to get me involved in. I couldn’t bring myself to do it. The seed for me was tainted. There was no redemption in there. It was kind of a sellout for a [lot] of money. You would go in and do the work and take the money, but it wasn’t anything that you would be particularly proud of. That, I couldn’t do. I’ve attempted things in the past where people thought I tried to sell out. For example I did this film “Nick of Time” with [director] John Badham. I don’t know if the film was particularly good. I did that film not for money, or not to sell out. I didn’t think it was going to be successful at all. I didn’t care. I did it because I wanted to work with Christopher Walken and I wanted to work with John Badham. The script was very much like an old-school Hitchcock film. All of those elements were intriguing to me, so I took it.

Q. If you hadn’t left Hollywood for France, do you think you would have a different perspective about fame?

No, I don’t think so because I come from where I come from. I come from Kentucky. My relatives, and my mom and dad, my sisters and my brother, our life in Kentucky is something that is very strong in my being. In South Florida, we were nomads for years and years, working various jobs for great lengths of time. Dropping out of high school, doing construction, printing T-shirts. Where I come from is what has made me me.

Q. You’ve been in a relationship for many years now, so what’s the secret?

Trust, have fun, respect for one another. Respect for one another’s privacy. Respect for what the other person does in their chosen profession. Obviously a whole lot of love. Vanessa was like a bolt of lighting.

Q. So she knocked you out?

Well yeah, because there were no pretensions. She has her success on her own terms, and when we met it wasn’t like she was anything other than this sweet, cool, funny girl. I’d never experienced anything like that before. She gave me these two beautiful kids.

Q, Is marriage an option? What does it mean to you?

Marriage can be whatever you define it as. For example, I don’t feel like I need a piece of paper that says I own her and she owns me. I think signing a piece of paper doesn’t mean anything in the eyes of God or in the eyes of people. The thing is, if you are together and you love each other and are good to each other, make babies and all that, for all intents and purposes you are married.

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Once known as a Hollywood bad boy, Johnny Depp has grown into more of a suburban dad. By ALICIA QUARLES – Wednesday, July 13, 2005.

Q. It seems you haven’t done a straight-up Hollywood film. Would you ever?

Depp: There were a few things that came around the bend, that they tried to get me involved in. I couldn’t bring myself to do it. The seed for me was tainted. There was no redemption in there. It was kind of a sellout for a [lot] of money. You would go in and do the work and take the money, but it wasn’t anything that you would be particularly proud of. That, I couldn’t do. I’ve attempted things in the past where people thought I tried to sell out. For example I did this film “Nick of Time” with [director] John Badham. I don’t know if the film was particularly good. I did that film not for money, or not to sell out. I didn’t think it was going to be successful at all. I didn’t care. I did it because I wanted to work with Christopher Walken and I wanted to work with John Badham. The script was very much like an old-school Hitchcock film. All of those elements were intriguing to me, so I took it.

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On July 13, 2005 Johnny Depp appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to promote his new dazzler eye-catching children’s film, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Depp who lights up the screen as the deliciously-dotty confectioner teamed up yet once again with the equally brillant director Tim Burton and together they produced a sweet sensation…

Introduction

Depp: Thank you.

Leno: Thanks for coming.

Depp: Thank you for having me.

lots of screaming – Depp is looking to Leno for help

Leno: Well, let’s talk to the guy. Johnny laughs Looking through your bio, you used to be a mechanic?

Depp: In a way…yeah…in a way. Yeah…I was a…I was a gas station attendant, and I…so I used to pump gas and the whole thing, and then one day the owner of the place came out and said, “You’re going to work in the garage, now.” And I tried….to stop him…from allowing me to do that.

Leno: Had you had any experience working on cars?

Depp: No. No, I knew absolutely nothing about cars. Uh, and then I, you know…I ended up…he said, ‘Don’t worry, I’ll show you”. So I did like, wheel alignments and all this stuff, until…one day… I did what I thought was a terrific wheel alignment, you know, changed all the tires and uh, put all the lugs back on. The guy took off around the corner, and his left front wheel just…shot off. *laughs” That was the end of my career as a mechanic.

Leno: Did you get fired?

Depp: Oh yeah! Oh yeah…

Leno: I was a fan before, but when I saw what you drove in here today, now of course, I’m a huge, huge fan…

Depp: Oh, the Packard.

Leno: A ’35 Packard, all original car – beautiful! show picture See, the cool thing is it’s original – not something that’s been all spiffed up – it’s just a nice original car. See, that car suits you, it has a nice patina to it…

Depp: It does have a nice patina…it’s got a better patina than I do.

Leno: I know you were friends with Hunter Thompson.

Depp: Oh yeah.

Leno: Tell people a little about him.

Depp: Um…let’s see…Hunter S. Thompson was…IS…still one of the most important writers in the 20th century, as far as I’m concerned. He wrote the classic book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas…which was made into a film, and um…he was a great, great man…

Leno: He had an interesting last request, and I understand you’re going to help fulfill it?

Depp: Yeah, yeah…we’re going to give it our best shot, as it were. snickers Hunter’s last request – his last wish – was to be…to have his remains fired out of a 150-foot cannon.

Leno: Where does one get a 150-foot cannon. A regular cannon you might find…

Depp: You might. Yeah, that’s the weird thing – you have to build the cannon. You have to actually design and engineer and build a cannon…for Hunter.

Leno: And you’re going to do it?

Depp: Yeah. Wouldn’t you? You kinda have to…yeah.

Leno: You have to ride a Vincent Black Shadow when you get there.

Depp: Maybe…

Leno: The motorcycle in the book…

Depp: Yeah, yes it was.

Leno: Where do you aim a 150-foot cannon – at some corporate headquarters somewhere – what direction?

Depp: I think straight into the stratosphere – just to the stars, yeah.

Leno: When will that happen?

Depp: Sometime in the very, very near future.

Leno: How about you? Any final requests…would you want anything like that?

Depp: No, you know, that’s…I…I…I…I’d probably want, I liked a little more subtle…

Leno: More subtle? Maybe a 25-foot cannon?

Depp: Yeah.

Leno: You don’t have that cannon envy thing going …

Depp: Be put into the eye of the Statue of Liberty or something like that…

Leno: I heard you were approaching Keith Richards to play your dad (in POTC) – have you had any luck with that?

Depp: Well, it’s looking good. It’s looking very good, actually, yeah. I mean, he’s got a…got a little tour to do with the Rolling Stones, but uh…

Leno: Did you know him before that?

Depp: I…um…ah…not before the Stones, no.

Leno: No, not before the Stones. I mean, before POTC. laughs You weren’t even born when the Stones went on tour.

Depp: You’ve got a point there.

Leno: Did you know him before Pirates.

Depp: Prior to that…oh yeah, yeah. I’d uh…known him on and off for a number of years. He’s really…he’s always been a very sweet, sweet man.

Leno: You think he’ll play your dad?

Depp: I think it’s…it’s looking very good….I think it’s going to work out. Very exciting.

COMMERCIAL BREAK

Leno: Welcome back. Did you watch Willy Wonka as a kid?

Depp: Oh sure, yeah, yeah – loved it…every year.

Leno: You watch it every year?

Depp: Well no, when I was a kid. I stopped that. chuckles

Leno: How do you read a Tim Burton script – do you just trust him?

Depp: Yeah, when…when we…when Tim approached me about this, I…I didn’t even…there wasn’t a script, you know. He just started to talk about this…uh…this idea and I just stopped him in mid-sentence and said, you know, ‘I’m there, I’m in’.

Leno: So you just trust him?

Depp: Oh yeah. I’d do whatever he wanted.

Leno: What was the jungle scene, I heard there was some trouble shooting that.

Depp: Oh yeah. Uhm…well, it wasn’t so much trouble. I mean, there was…there was…kind of a jungle…sound stage…they built this really amazing sort of triple canopy jungle, and uh…I’m being chased by this massive, sort of wasp-beast thing, you know, swooping down at me, and uh…I have to run away. So I’m running…laughs…running through the jungle with a machete and stuff, and um, the next thing – ‘cause ya do – and the next thing you know, I’m just down, just flat. I just went down, I guess my lace, my boot lace, got caught on something, and I went face down. So, before you hear cut, I just heard incessant giggling, and it was Tim. I am starting to feel like that’s why he puts me in his movies, so that…he can laugh at me, you know.

Leno: Did that stay in?

Depp: I don’t know, I’m not sure…no, I haven’t seen it. I’m not sure if they kept that in…

Leno: Your character is a germophobe. Are you like that?

Depp: Well, I think that after you have kids, you become that.

Leno: Really?

Depp: Yeeeaaah.

Leno: You mean because of the kids – you afraid for the kids, or for yourself?

Depp: Well, no, no, just uh…uh, I mean, no, I don’t fear my children. laughs No, but I mean after you change a couple of diapers, you don’t want to make a tuna sandwich, or something like that. You know what I mean, you starting thinking about things like that…

Leno: ESPECIALLY a tuna sandwich…

Depp: You know what I mean. I could have said pastrami…

Leno: Like when you leave a restroom, are you one of those guys who touches the door like this – gestures with elbow – or do you just grab it?

Depp: I’ve never done that. But uh…no, but now it’s in my head and I’ll probably do it. Or maneuvering it with my boot – lifts foot and demonstrates – or something.

Leno: Here’s another thing – if you go into a bar and there’s a bowl of peanuts…

Depp: Bad news.

Leno: You won’t eat the peanuts?

Depp: Bad news. There was a study done – clears throat – this will change your life, by the way. This will change your life. There was a study done where they tested a…an ordinary bowl of peanuts, uh…on…at a bar. Twenty-seven different kinds of urine.

Leno: Are you talking about bars where people just urinate in the bowl of peanuts, I don’t know what kind of bars you’re going to!

Depp: laughs No, that’s home!

Leno: You talking about people who use the restroom and don’t wash their hands and come back and eat the peanuts?

Depp: That kind of deal …I’m assuming, yes. Yeah, change your life, right?

Leno: I root through and try to find a peanut without the urine.

Depp: Yeah, the clean one.

Leno: Would you use the pay phone?

Depp: Yeah.

Leno: Or would you go like this – pulls coat over hand to protect it

Depp: Well, I might now.

Leno: I’m giving you a lot of good tips! You’re not one of those Purell guys, squirt the thing in your hand?

Depp: The, the… rubs hands together no, not yet, but… it’s probably coming.

Leno: You dance in this film as well. Are you a good dancer?

Depp: I’m really not. You know, once again I think it’s one of those things that Tim…just to torture me. Yeah, yeah. Because he knows that I, you know, that that’s one of the things I fear most in life – is…is dancing. Oh yeah, it’s just not my thing.

Leno: Would you ever confront your fears? Let’s say they want to do Chicago 2, and they want you – the ultimate challenge – could you learn to dance for that film, if you had to?

Depp: If I could play the girl part.

*everyone laughs *

Leno: Can you explain this clip we are going to see?

Depp: This is the inventing room.

they show a clip from the film

Leno: Did you model this character after anyone in particular?

Depp: Um…you know what I…what I…when I was trying to come up with the…with the character of Wonka, I started, I started thinking about um…these memories of, sort of, children’s show hosts when I was a kid, you know. You know like, guys like Captain Kangaroo, Mr. Green Jeans, you know, Mr. Rogers, all that kind of stuff. And I was thinking about – I mean, my memory of them is, even at the age of 5 or 6 – thinking my god they talk weird, you know, because there’s that whole sort of, ‘Hello children, how are you?’ It’s really unnerving. So I sort of…I kind of took a little bit of that…and um, and then I was thinking about game show hosts, you know…that sort of…

Leno: Kind of like a Bob Lang, Captain Kangaroo thing?

Depp: Yeah, Wink Martindale, you know.

Farewells and thank yous were exchanged amid rabid fangirl screaming, and Depp left the stage.

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