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26 September 2005   Projects No Comments

For role in ‘Corpse Bride,’ the actor had a 15-minute chat with the director – Hanh Nguyen for the Orlando Sentinel.

LOS ANGELES — Kids know Johnny Depp for his colorful characters such as swaggering pirate Jack Sparrow and eccentric confectioner Willy Wonka.

In his latest guise, Depp gives voice to the stop-motion animated puppet hero Victor in Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride. While filming Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for Burton, Depp was called upon to create Victor on short notice. After shooting a scene as Wonka, the actor rushed to the Corpse Bride recording studio, where he assembled a persona based on a 15-minute session with Burton.

“[Victor] was born in that little bit of time, and I didn’t hear him for the first time until . . . they were recording,” Depp says. “So the preparation for this, I was remiss basically. I should be flogged.”


25 September 2005   Projects No Comments

It always starts with a phone call in the middle of the night. “I’ll hear a voice and he will say, ‘What are you doing?'” says the actor. “I’ll say, ‘I’m sleeping, Tim.’ Then I’ll hear a pause and he will say, ‘Can you meet me for dinner next week?’ I’ll say, ‘Sure. Where. New York. OK.'” – by Cindy Perlman for Chicago Sun-Times.

That’s how the collaboration usually begins with Johnny Depp and director Tim Burton, who have teamed up for some of the best work of both their careers, including “Edward Scissorhands” (1990), “Ed Wood” (1994), this summer’s megahit “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and the new “Corpse Bride,” which opened Friday.

“When Tim makes that first call, there is no subject. There is no project. There is nothing. It’s just that I’m going to be having a salad with Tim in a week — and it’s always been that way,” Depp says.

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25 September 2005   Projects No Comments

TORONTO — Johnny Depp never forgot what Marlon Brando told him. Or exactly how Brando sounded, since Depp does a spot-on imitation of the late legend – By Barbara Vancheri, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Brando (“Bless him,” Depp interjects) once asked the younger actor how many movies he made a year. “I said I don’t know, sometimes two, sometimes three.”

Brando cautioned Depp to watch himself. “I said, ‘Why’s that?’ and he said, ‘It’s because we only have so many faces in our pockets.’ After all this time later, I realize how right he was,” Depp says. “He was very, very wise.”

Depp’s pocket has produced some unforgettable faces, from James M. Barrie and Captain Jack Sparrow to Ichabod Crane, Ed Wood and Edward Scissorhands.


23 September 2005   Projects No Comments

TORONTO — Johnny Depp really had no intention of being in our faces this fall, not that all that many people would mind – by Terry Lawson for the Detroit Free Press.

“Corpse Bride,” the animated film codirected by Tim Burton with Mike Johnson and starring Depp’s voice, opens nationwide today.

And “The Libertine,” which premiered at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, will show up sometime, somewhere before the end of 2005 to make Depp eligible for another best actor Oscar nomination.

“Obviously, I never planned it this way,” Depp said last week at the film festival. ” ‘The Libertine’ was pushed back while Harvey (Weinstein, former cochairman of Miramax, now copresident of the Weinstein Co.) worked out his separation from Disney. And Tim basically sprung ‘Corpse Bride’ on me.”

Burton, also in Toronto last week, agreed. “We had finished shooting one day on ‘Charlie,’ and I said, ‘Let’s take a walk, and I’ll show you these puppets we’re making for the movie.’ And by the end of the walk, we were in the studio and Johnny was doing the voice of Victor. And it was like, ‘OK, I guess we’re making the movie now.’ ”


16 September 2005   Projects No Comments

Johnny Depp told SCI FI Wire that he’s already having separation anxiety about leaving behind his Pirates of the Caribbean character, Captain Jack Sparrow, as he wraps the second and third films in the series.

“It’s weird, because sometimes separation is more emotional than others,” Depp said at an intimate press conference at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he was promoting Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride. “I remember after [Edward] Scissorhands, and I really feel like a dunce having to say this, but it’s the truth, … I remember the last day of that movie, it had been 89 days or something, and I remember after we did the makeup, I looked into the mirror and thinking, ‘Well, this is it. This is the last time I’ll see you.’ So it becomes very emotional.”

13 September 2005   Projects No Comments

LOS ANGELES – Who exactly is Johnny Depp? Kids today know the actor for his colorful, Halloween-ready characters such as swaggering pirate Jack Sparrow, eccentric confectioner Willy Wonka and now as the gothic groom with cold feet named Victor. – By Hanh Nguyen –

In his latest guise, Depp gives voice to the stop-motion animated puppet hero in Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride.” While filming “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” for Burton, Depp was called upon to create Victor on short notice. After shooting a scene earlier in the day as Wonka, the actor rushed over to the “Corpse Bride” recording studio where he cobbled together a persona based on a 15-minute grilling session with Burton.

8 September 2005   Projects No Comments

Tokyo, Sept 08: Hollywood star Johnny Depp melted fans` hearts in Tokyo in a promotional event to introduce his latest Tim Burton collaboration “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”.

Even a rainstorm preceding the massive hurricane Nabi could not deter Depp`s Japanese supporters from attending the event for a chance to win a handshake, an autograph or even just a glimpse of the the star.

The Warner Brothers-distributed “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, with a 150 million U.S. dollar budget, did over 50 million U.S. dollars worth of business in its opening weekend in the U.S. in July. It then went on to take in over 200 million in domestic receipts and another 33 million British pounds in the U.K. Now Warner Brothers hopes to sweeten the pot with added box office honey from Japan.

And with Burton at the helm and Depp onboard Warner Brothers is certain that “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” will find the gold, and with good reason. Depp has long been recognized in the film industry as a unique and talented actor.


6 September 2005   Projects No Comments

TOKYO — Johnny Depp has often been referred to as one of Hollywood’s chameleons, for his ability to play so many offbeat characters. –
By Chris Betros.

His latest effort, as eccentric chocolate tycoon Willy Wonka, in Tim Burton’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” is no exception. With his clip-on teeth and garish make-up, Wonka is another in the 42-year-old Depp’s long line of unique characters, among them Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Ichabod Crane, James Barrie and pirate Capt Jack Sparrow.

“Ever since I met Johnny for ‘Scissorhands,’ each time he has been more amazing,” said Burton, 47, during a visit to Japan this week with Depp. “He likes to act strangely and wear funny costumes. That’s the sort of person I like to work with.” For his part, Depp described Burton as someone he can have complete trust in.

Depp, who was last here in 1995 to promote “Dead Man,” received a rousing reception at Narita airport when he flew in by private jet. Nearly 2,000 fans were on hand to greet him, and at his news conference, a couple of hundred waited in vain outside the room. Depp seemed touched by the reception, although he doesn’t give much away.

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5 September 2005   Projects No Comments

Tokyo – The crowds at the airport said it all. Hundreds, perhaps thousands of Japanese fans, mostly women, greeted superstar actor Johnny Depp as he arrived at Tokyo’s Narita Airport. Wearing shades, a brown jacket, t-shirt, blue jeans and a gray hat, Depp smiled and waved as he strode past the overflowing crowd on his arrival in Tokyo to promote his latest film, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” – By Daniel L. Smith.

The turnout for the airport arrival was just the first of what appeared to be “Depp Mania” as the actor joined director Tim Burton and producer Richard D. Zanuck in promoting the film’s Japan premiere.

The trio appeared together at a packed press conference, held at the Imperial Hotel, where Depp talked about his role in the film and his relationship with Burton. Burton has been at the helm of two other movies starring the talented actor Edward Scissorhands, and Sleepy Hollow.

“Tim and I talked early on in the process,” Depp said of the discussions the director and actor had about the character development of Charlie Wonka prior to the start of filming. “Once I found him, it was pretty easy to get there,” Depp added.

4 September 2005   Projects No Comments

TOKYO (AFP) – Johnny Depp has been branded an eccentric for playing a recluse with scissors for hands and a delusional Don Juan. This time his own son is calling him a weirdo for his role as crazy candyman Willy Wonka.

The Hollywood heartthrob said he invited his children to watch him dress up in his slick jacket and top hat to shoot “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” the latest film version of British writer Roald Dahl’s kids classic.

Depp, in Tokyo Sunday ahead of the Japanese release of Tim Burton’s movie, said his three-year-old son was astonished and told his dad, “You are really weird”.