Depp plays Ichabod Crane in Tim Burton’s adaptation of Washington Irving’s classic story. Crane is an investigator from the city sent to investigate a string of decapitations in a neighboring village. What he finds are townsfolk convinced that the Headless Horseman is the culprit. It’s up to Crane to discover what is really happening before more villagers lose their heads. Co-starring Christina Ricci, Michael Gambon.
I was sort of doing Snoopy dances thinking I was going to get to wear a long nose and big ears. The classic Ichabod Crane from the book — Washington Irving’s description is really beautifully written — (included) a long, sliding nose, huge ears; and (Irving) talks about his hands being very far away from his body, and long feet. So, yeah. I did want to do that.
Depp plays George Jung in this adaptation of Bruce Porter’s 1993 book Blow: How a Small Town Boy Made $100 Million with the Medellín Cocaine Cartel and Lost It All. Directed by Ted Demme, Blow follows Jung and his associates as they rise up the ladder from ordinary people to some of the biggest drug dealers the world has known. Co-starring Penelope Cruz. On meeting Jung:
Jung was a very charming and smart guy, he’s doing his time. I thought, ‘Yeah he did a lot of horrible things, but in a way I saw him as a victim of his upbringing as we all are’.
In this mystery thriller directed by the Hughes Brothers, Depp plays Inspector Frederick Abberline from Scotland Yard, a highly analytical thinker, clairvoyant, a regular user of Absinthe, who is investigating the Jack the Ripper murders. He uses clues from his visions to help him attempt to solve one of the greatest murder mysteries of all time. Co-starring Heather Graham and Ian Holm.
I’ve been fascinated by him since I was a young kid. I jumped at the chance to do the film. It meant I could talk to some of the great Ripper-ologists and I got to wander through the area of Whitechapel at night, I loved that.
Depp plays Willy Wonka, the eccentric owner of a chocolate factory in Tim Burton’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book. The movie revolves around a contest, with the entry guaranteed by one of five golden tickets found in a chocolate bar, hosted by Wonka featuring a marvelous prize to the winner. The film stars Freddie Highmore, and Christopher Lee as Wonka’s father.
The idea behind Will Wonka, certain ingredients you add to these characters like Willy Wonka for example. I imagined what George Bush would be like incredibly stoned. And, thus was born my version of Willy Wonka.
Depp stars in this fantasy action film as Jack Sparrow, a pirate trapped in Davy Jones’ Locker. Sparrow’s old friends Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) join forces with Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) to free Sparrow. The crew then goes on to battle Lord Cutler Beckett (Tom Hollander) who is determined to end piracy forever. The film is the third in a series directed by Gore Verbinski, who says about Depp’s character:
Johnny and I love pushing Jack as far as he can go, but we are also aware that keeping him unpredictable requires a constant oscilation between the dramatic and the abusrd. So, it’s both spurs and reigns — constantly.
Depp talks about working on the set of the movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory:
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 [Bonham Carter, Burton’s partner] just called. When you get a moment, she’d like you to give her a call back. Okay, I say. As soon as I’m done on set, I’ll go back to my trailer and give her a call. So I go back to the trailer, call Helena, and say, Hey, what’s going on? I thought maybe Helena had a question about little boys because Billy was a little baby then and I’ve got two kids. So I say, Is everything all right? And she says, Billy’s fine. Everything’s fine. But, well, you know how Tim is.
In this musical thriller directed by Tim Burton, Depp plays Sweeney Todd, an insane barber who seeks revenge for the loss of his beloved, and gets it easily as soon as the victim sits in his barber chair. After killing the hapless souls, they are sent to the neighbor lady, Mrs. Lovett, to be made into her amazingly popular meat pies. The two grow closer as she tries to win his attentions, until Todd discovers her dark deeds and the night explodes into violence. Co-starring Helena Bonham Carter and Alan Rickman.
I’d seen the more recent production of it and then just thought it might be, you know certainly a great opportunity to, to try to find a, a new Sweeney, a different Sweeney. Just like a little contemporary in the sense of like also the punk rock Sweeney you know.
Depp is nominated for Best Actor at the 80th Academy Awards for portraying Benjamin Barker / Sweeney Todd in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
Johnny Depp wins for Best Villain as Todd in Burton’s Sweeney Todd: Demon Barber of Fleet Street at the MTV Movie Awards.
Depp wins People’s Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actor.
I am deeply humbled by this great honor, which comes from you the people. It means everything to me.
Depp appears on the cover of the February 2010 issue of GQ magazine.
In this family fantasy adventure based on the classic book of the same name and directed by Tim Burton, Depp plays the Mad Hatter. The Hatter befriends Alice and accompanies her on her adventures through Wonderland and helps her to find her way to complete her quest. Co-starring Helena Bonham Carter, Mia Wasikowska, Crispin Glover, and Anne Hathaway.
There’s one person, in particular, who is the main ingredient for the Hatter and if I said who it was they’d probably be upset. It’s someone I came into contact with and was fascinated by the way this person spoke. And I knew then, when I met the person, that I was going to sponge off them as much as I could, and use them one day as a character. And I did.
Jolie and Depp appear on the cover of a November 2010 issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine. They talk about each other. Jolie says:
We’re both not that social. I don’t think either one of us goes out of our house, especially in France. We’re both locked away.
In this romantic action thriller directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Depp plays Frank Tupelo, a quiet American math teacher on vacation in Italy. Tupelo barely sets foot in Italy when he meets Elise, an extremely beautiful and mysterious spy. Before he knows it, Tupelo is fully involved in cat and mouse spy games worthy of a novel. Co-starring Angelina Jolie and Timothy Dalton.
The idea was to make him seem the Everyman, this math teacher who doesn’t have particular highs or lows in his life. He has a slight amount of obsessive-compulsive disorder in his weird routines. The idea was to take this normal guy and put him into these situations that are certainly less than normal. High stakes situations.
Depp appears on the cover of the February 2011 issue of Empire magazine.
In this animated action comedy directed by Gore Verbinski, Depp voices Rango, a regular house-chameleon who is involved in an accident and finds himself alone in the desert. He stumbles upon a town of animals who are living in the grips of a tyrant. Rango finds himself stepping up to be “that guy” just like the classic western cowboy would to save the day. Co-starring Isla Fisher, Ned Beatty and Timothy Olyphant.
They actually call me the Lizard King, my children, they do. I force them to address me like that. [laughs] It was an odd sort of thing. ‘Where you going, Daddy?’ I gotta go to work. ‘Well, what are you doing?’ Well, I’m playing a lizard. You drop your kids off at school and give them a kiss, and now I gotta go be a lizard.
Depp plays Captain Jack Sparrow in this fourth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean series, under a new director -- John Marshall. Sparrow sets out on a ship voyage with his former lover Angelica (Penelope Cruz) and her father Captain Blackbeard (Ian McShane), on a mission to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. Together with their crew of zombies, they hurry to reach the fountain before before Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush). On a back injury he suffered on set:
I kept shooting; there was no choice. I’d just limp on set. It was monstrous, man — so horrible that I actually started to like it! It was bad, and I had it a good three weeks to a month. But I got used to it and kind of missed it when it was gone.
In this film based on a book by the same name, written by Hunter Thompson in 1959, Depp stars as Paul Kemp -- a man who travels to Puerto Rico to write for a local newspaper. run by editor Lotterman, played by Richard Jenkins. Kemp covers a story about Sanderson, played by Aaron Eckhart, an American entrepreneur making shady capitalistic deals.
It was about 3am. I was staying with Hunter preparing for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, looking at stuff in boxes in the War Room, which was in his basement next to the room where I slept. There was all sorts of stuff in there – cocktail napkins, toothpicks, old hotel bills, God knows what else – and I found this folder with a rubber band around it, and it just said The Rum Diary. I started reading it and said to Hunter, ‘What’s the matter with you? Publish the thing – it’s great.’ It was that night that he said, ‘Maybe we should make this into a movie together…’
The Guardian interviews Depp about The Pirates Of The Caribbean series making him a sell out.
I wouldn’t change anything, no. Because I think I went into it innocently, and it became what it became. And now they want to tear me down. Instantly, as soon as I did Pirates II, they say: ‘Oh, he’s selling out.’ What the f-ck does that mean, selling out? What if I did Ed Wood II, is that selling out? I mean, it’s not like I was ever looking to become franchise boy, I was never looking to become anything like that. I just latched on to a character I loved.
Depp wins People Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actor.
Depp appears on the cover of People after splitting from his longtime girlfriend of 14 years. The couple’s relationship was strained after they started spending more time apart. When Depp’s career took off, their relationship started to fizzle. Source:
Johnny and Vanessa are as big a Hollywood glamour couple here as Brad and Angelina. Everyone expected they’d come together until the morning of the screening. We couldn’t believe they wouldn’t come together.
Johnny stars in the dark shadows as Barnabas Collins a film about set sail from Liverpool, England to start a new life in America. But even an ocean was not enough to escape the mysterious curse that has plagued their family. Two decades pass and Barnabas has the world at his feet-or at least the town of Collin sport, Maine. until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard. A witch, who dooms him to a fate worse than death, turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive, Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. Johnny co-stars with Eva green among others.
It’s a strange thing, because as a child, you have this fascination. I certainly had this fascination with monsters and vampires as did Tim and whatever this darkness, this mystery, this intrigue. And then, as you get older, you recognize the erotic nature of the vampire and the idea of the undead:
Depp plays Barnabas Collins in this horror comedy directed by Tim Burton. Collins is a vampire who has been buried for over 100 years. He awakens in the 1970s and moves into his former home, helping his descendants fight to keep the family and the estate safe from evil money-grubbers. Co-starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter and Bella Heathcote.
In every film that I’ve been lucky enough to do with Tim, there’s always some form of torture. The nails were Tim’s idea. They were the length of the fingers. But, it was okay because I had a troupe of people who would help me go to the bathroom. They had to have treatment afterwards, but they’re okay now. That is true.
Depp and Paradis split after 14 years together. The couple seemingly drifted apart after moving to Los Angeles. They have two children together.
Please respect their privacy and, more importantly, the privacy of their children.
In this western action-adventure directed by Gore Verbinski and loosely based on the TV series of the same name, Depp plays Tonto, the Lone Ranger’s Native American sidekick. Ranger John Reid sets out to find the men who killed his brother. Lucky for him, Tonto is there to not only help out, but to help build the legend of the Lone Ranger and keep the evil spirits at bay. Too bad tribal elders say that Tonto has “left the reservation” and should never be trusted with someone’s life. Co-starring Armie Hammer and William Fitchner.
I can remember very well as a little kid, seeing the series on TV. You know, the black and white series with Clayton Moore and the great Jay Silverheels. As a very young child, I was always perturbed by the idea of Tonto being a sidekick… I just thought it was potentially an opportunity to right the wrong. I think it’s great that Tonto makes The Lone Ranger. I think it’s a very poetic way that he creates The Lone Ranger, and I think it’s right, finally.
Depp appears on the cover of the July 2013 issue of Rolling Stone magazine. He talks about relaxing, retirement, and duct tape on his jeans.
I realized one morning as I was going to a thing my boy had at school – one of those things where, you know, they get up and sing a song? I had to be there at a certain time, and, of course, I was running late and I was reaching back to check and see if I had my wallet and passport and stuff. I always have a passport for some reason. And so I reached back and I thought, ‘Jesus Christ!’ There was this really long tear – and there were no undergarments involved. That’s the general approach. And so, yeah, I just immediately looked for duct tape. I know, it’s pathetic. And then I continue to wear them.
Depp wins People’s Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actor.
Depp and Heard are officially engaged. Heard is seen wearing a diamond ring on her left finger and confirms that she and Depp are engaged. Source:
Of course they couldn’t be happier to be engaged and excited to share the rest of their lives together.
Depp plays the foremost researcher in the field of artificial intelligence working to create a sentient machine that combines collective intelligence of everything ever known with full range of human emotions. His experiments make him famous and prime target to anti-technology extremists who will do everything to stop him. Directed by Wally Pfister, co-starring Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman and Kate Mara. About how he feels about technology:
Things go wrong for me, all the time, with technology. I’m not familiar enough with it, and I’m too old school a brain to be able to figure it out. I’m dumb. Anything that I have to attack with my thumbs, for any period of time, makes me feel stupid. So, I try to avoid it, as much as possible, to protect my thumbs.
Depp appears on the cover of the May 2014 issue of Interview magazine. He talks about his role in Transcendence, reality TV, and his musical approach to acting.
I still approach a scene as one would approach a solo. There’s nothing set or pat. I don’t know what the f-ck’s going to happen until I get in there. Just like when you’re in the booth and you’re playing a guitar solo, you don’t exactly know how you’re going to phrase this or that. Which I think is beautiful. That idea of chance.
The actor joins rock band Aerosmith onstage in their show at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts. He is introduced by frontman Steven Tyler and proceeds to play guitar and an extended solo on the song, Train Kept A-Rollin’.
Depp appears on the October 31 issue of Entertainment Weekly as a part of a series of covers to promote Disney’s musical Into the Woods. Depp plays the wolf in the film which is a twisted take on the Brothers Grimm tales. Into the Woods opens in theaters on Christmas Day. Director Rob Marshall:
I didn’t want this to look like a cartoon world. It’s not sunny, sunny, sunny—we wanted a sense of danger.
Johnny stars in Sweeney Todd as Sweeney Todd a film about Benjamin Barker, a.k.a Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop down in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett. Johnny co stars with Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman among others.
Depp and Heard exchange vows in a secret ceremony at their home in Los Angeles. Source:
They’re great together
Depp injures his hand while in Australia for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. He was not on set, nor was he filming at the time. Depp is returning to the Unites States to have surgery. The release date of the film remains unchanged.
First trailer of Black Mass is released. The movie is based on the Boston gangster knows for terrorizing people around him, Whitey Bulgar and stars Depp, Johnson, and Cumberbatch. It is scheduled to open in theaters on 18 September, 2015.
Depp visits Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane, Australia dressed as Jack Sparrow.
Third trailer of Black Mass is released.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Cooper talks about Depp’s performance as Bulger in Black Mass. To re-create Bulger’s intimidating style and persona, Cooper and Depp pored over surveillance tapes and old FBI photographs. Cooper says of Bulger:
He could be charming. He could be ruthless. He was like a cobra – you never knew where he could strike…He murdered him in front of numerous witnesses in broad daylight. In a word, Whitey was brazen.
A lot of people on set knew Whitey intimately. They got chills at the resemblance. Some of them couldn’t even look at him… It’s easy to be the mustache twirling villain but this performance couldn’t be further from that. He is truly gifted.
In a countersuit, TMG says Depp’s financial troubles are caused by a lavish $2m-a-month lifestyle. While Depp says the business managers have mismanaging his earnings, failed to file taxes on time, and owe him more than $25m, TMG claims the star spent more than $75m on 14 homes and needed 12 storage facilities to house his collection of Hollywood memorabilia, as well as spending $18m on a luxury yacht and $30,000 a month on wine. TMG:
Depp is fully responsible for any financial turmoil. He has refused to live within his means, despite… repeated warnings about his financial condition.