Month: August 2005

Rebel of many faces

By Helen Barlow – Kids love him, teens think he’s cool, girls of all ages drool over his looks and charm, while parents and grannies find him endearing. Having cleaned up his act to become a doting parent, he has won a new respectability, and now with his box office clout he can make whatever movie he pleases.

But still the question remains: underneath all the disguises just who is the real Johnny Depp? In movies he has worked with the most creative and eccentric of directors and actors. His debut was in Cry-Baby with John Waters and then came Edward Scissorhands. His excursion into the mainstream as a regular accountant chasing the clock in Nick of Time, directed by the highly respected John Badham, flopped at the box office, and he looked most sexy when he reluctantly played a latter-day Rudolph Valentino in Don Juan DeMarco, which he only did to work with Marlon Brando.

Brando, another adventurer who also became his friend, came out of retirement to feature in the only film Depp would ever direct, The Brave, which played only in a couple of tiny Parisian cinemas.

“I don’t think you can spend more than two minutes with Marlon Brando without walking away with an unforgettable experience and with an education,” he says. The Brave was hardly a gripping experience, though its native American theme showed that Depp was keen to explore his part-Cherokee roots.

He had appeared already in the Native American-themed Dead Man for his friend Jim Jarmusch, when (five years later) he teamed again with Lasse Hallstrom, his What’s Eating Gilbert Grape director, and played a gypsy musician in Chocolat.

He says it is the character closest to himself he has ever played.

Copyright 2005 News Limited.

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Depp stays true

He is so talented and good-looking, he would be forgiven for being loud and obnoxious.

Women love him and men have a right to be jealous.

Johnny Depp could have a supermodel on his arm any day of the week, but here he is on a recent sweaty afternoon at the Atlantis Resort in The Bahamas as gentle and sheepish as a sober nerd at a school formal.

Depp, deeply suntanned from six months in the tropical sun, has taken a short break from shooting the Pirates of the Caribbean sequels nearby the resort to stop by and chat about his latest film, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

He speaks in whispers, is polite and intelligent and is so sweet you want to give him a hug, or maybe a clip across the ear and tell him not to be so well-behaved.

It was not always the way, he says.

As a kid his mother had a special name for him.

“She used the term ‘hellion’,” Depp, on this day looking part scallywag pirate and part Parisian artist, laughs, albeit quietly, as he explains.

“I wasn’t obnoxious or precocious but I was curious. There were a lot of practical jokes. I got on her nerves basically. I pissed her off quite frequently.”

Depp looks part pirate because he has just walked off the Pirates of the Caribbean set.

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Keith Richards not doing “Caribbean 2”

The Rock Radio: – Friday, August 26, 2005 – Ever since Johnny Depp first revealed that he based his eccentric Pirates Of The Caribbean character partly on Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, there has been endless speculation about Richards doing a cameo in the upcoming Pirates sequels. Now comes word from director Gore Verbinski that Richards will definitely not have a cameo appearance in the second POTC movie, but he’s hopeful that he may show up in the third installment… [more]

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Radio 2 Unveils Autumn Line-Up

He is one of Hollywood’s leading actors who commands millions of pounds per movie. But Johnny Depp, the star of Charlie and Chocolate Factory and Pirates of the Caribbean, is taking a break from filming to narrate a Radio 2 programme dedicated to his hero James Dean. – By Richard Alleyne – news.telegraph.

Depp, 42, a committed Anglophile who has already starred in episodes of the BBC comedies The Fast Show and the Vicar of Dibley, agreed to present the documentary after being approached by Bob Geldof…

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