Bitter sweet

Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka WITH his talent and looks, he would be forgiven for being loud and obnoxious. – By Peter Mitchell – September 01, 2005.

Women love him and men have a right to be jealous of him. But on a steamy afternoon at the Atlantis Resort in The Bahamas, Johnny Depp is as gentle and sheepish as a sober nerd at a school formal. Deeply tanned from six months in the sun, Depp has taken a short break from shooting the Pirates Of The Caribbean sequels near the resort to chat about Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. He speaks in whispers, is polite and intelligent and sweet.

It was not always the way, he says. As a kid his mother had a special name for him.

“She used the term hellion,” laughs Depp. “I wasn’t obnoxious but I was curious. There were a lot of practical jokes. I got on her nerves basically. I pissed her off quite frequently.”

Depp is a Hollywood chameleon, switching from dirty Jack Sparrow to tidy playwright James Barrie in Finding Neverland, Constable Ichabod Crane in Sleepy Hollow to Edward Scissorhands.

Now he is Willy Wonka, the weird chocolate mogul in Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, the remake of the Roald Dahl classic.

Copyright 2005 News Limited.

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