Tag: Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp – The Anti-Leading Man

Posted December 3, 2014

Hollywood Mavericks – The Anti-Leading Man Johnny Depp, 51 At 51, the only thing Depp expects is to challenge convention and himself. The coming year will remind us all of his artistic range and the power of thinking outside the box office. “As Marlon once so beautifully f**ing said to me, life is a birdsong. That’s stuck with me.” Like his friend, mentor, and fellow outsider Brando, Johnny Depp is poetic about the listen-closely-or-you’ll-miss-it, crushingly beautiful, ephemeral nature of existence — and also a little punk. “For everybody, the clock’s ticking. The main thing is whether you sit there and […]

The Lone Ranger

The Lone Ranger

Posted July 4, 2013

I almost don’t even want to review The Lone Ranger, I just want to talk about when marketing lies. And I have to admit it’s not often that I’ll watch a trailer and get the tone of a movie so wrong. Even when they hedge around the edges of a story, usually I can spot it. But this was a master job of misdirection. The trailers suggested a family movie with outlandish action, a little danger, and a story full of farce and horses and trains. But this was certainly NOT a fun family movie. Really, The Lone Ranger is […]

The Hunter in Johnny Depp

Posted November 1, 2011

For every Pirates of the Caribbean blockbuster he makes, Johnny Depp has a project with deep personal meaning, such as this month’s The Rum Diary, an adaptation of the Hunter S. Thompson novel that Depp himself discovered. It is Johnny Depp’s The Rum Diary as much as it is the late Hunter S. Thompson’s The Rum Diary. For one thing, The Rum Diary, Hunter’s only published novel, likely never would have seen the light of day if Johnny hadn’t discovered it in the writer’s basement while staying with him 15 years ago. Hunter himself had forgotten about The Rum Diary, […]

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Posted May 21, 2011

Johnny Depp is delightful as ever, but this movie really lacks a certain life and vitality that the earlier films had. There was just some spark that was missing and I think it was a lack of

High Seas, High Stakes

Posted May 13, 2011

The worst thing for any pirate is feeling rudderless. The first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies grossed more than $2.6 billion worldwide. But even Johnny Depp admits to being ambivalent about the sequels: “To be perfectly honest, I didn’t see them. I did see the first one. I have not seen the second one or the third one.’ To be fair, he tends not to watch his own movies, but even while making 2006’s Dead Man’s Chest and 2007’s At World’s End, he sensed something was off. “They had to invent a trilogy out of nowhere.’ says Depp, 47. […]

The Crowded Mind of Johnny Depp

Posted January 1, 2011

Captain Jack Sparrow, Willy Wonka, the Mad Hatter, Edward Scissorhands, the Earl of Rochester … How many characters can Johnny Depp keep inside himself? And is it safe to do so? After wrapping this month’s The Tourist he has plunged back into Caribbean-pirate mode. Friend and rock legend Patti Smith finds him on set, guitar in hand, for a free-floating tour of the inner Depp. Johnny Depp is on set at Pinewood Studios, outside London, for the last days of shooting the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie—On Stranger Tides. We sit on the floor of his trailer. There is […]

The Tourist

The Tourist

Posted December 12, 2010

The Tourist is a nearly flawless film. Which is not to say it’s the best move I’ve ever seen, or great or wonderful or epic. It simply means there wasn’t anything wrong with it, nothing that

Johnny Depp’s Great Escape

Posted July 1, 2009

Plunging deep into his roles—from the self-created to the painstakingly re-created —Johnny Depp can drive himself to the edge of the psyche. His decompression is as extreme: a 45-acre private Bahamian island, where he can snorkel among the barracuda. The author joins the 46-year-old star and friends on Depp’s 156-foot yacht, which flies the Jolly Roger, for a stay in this singular paradise. The notoriously private actor invited Vanity Fair along on a sailing trip to his Caribbean isle. “You’ve got all-access,” Johnny Depp declared. “Ask me about anything you want.” Photograph by François-Marie Banier. A few feet away, the […]

Johnny Depp – What I’ve Learned

Posted December 1, 2007

My mother taught me a lot of things. The first thing that comes to mind is: Don’t take any sh* off anyone, ever. When I was a little kid, we moved constantly. Bully picks on you in the new place? Don’t ever take any sh* off anyone, ever. Eloquent and right. My life is my life because of Tim. Definitely. This is Tim Burton in a nutshell: We were doing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and I was on the set. We were shooting, working, working, working. All great. Everything’s cool. One of my pals comes up and says, “Helena […]

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Posted May 20, 2007

When I first came out of Pirates 3 wasn’t sure what I thought. But the more I thought about it, the more I liked it. I was thinking over different scenes and realizing how much I just enjoyed the film, enjoyed myself while I was watching it. It’s fun. It’s funny. The monkey was frickin’ hilarious.