When Sam moved to Benny and Joon’s house, he was surprised for Joon’s cooking abilities. At first he though it was paint, but after seen they were real and looked so delicious, he couldn’t hold himself.
* Charlie Chaplin in “The Gold Rush” (1925) * Johnny as Sam in “Benny & Joon” (1993) * Johnny, 25 years later recreating his role during a dinner while on tour with the Hollywood Vampires in Russia (2018)
Legend has it that every fan of Johnny, after watch “Benny & Joon”, have already done it at least one time in their lives… Have you?
Johnny and Sam recreating Charlie Chaplin’s “Dance of Dinner Rolls” in “Benny & Joon” (1993)
In his 1925
film “The Gold Rush”, Chaplin speared two rolls with forks and, using
the forks as legs, danced the rolls like puppets across the table top. The
scene named as “Dance of the Dinner Rolls” has come to exemplify Chaplin’s ability, through subtle movement and
facial expression, to bring even the most inanimate objects to life.
Although in “Benny & Joon”, Johnny nothing more than 60 lines throughout the movie, his facial expressions and body language works like words, in the same way Chaplin used to do. But for that, as usual Johnny had to go deep in his research, being trained with the mime artist, magician and silent movie buff, Dan Kamin, watching and learning about magic tricks, Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton to make his best to reproduce some of their performances in his own version for the movie.
can’t outdo him, so you just sort of try to do your own version. It looks easy but when you start to try to do it you realize how
precise everything was.” – Johnny Depp, April 11, 1993 for the “The New York Times”.
Johnny as Sam preparing his special meals in “Benny & Joon” 😂
Funny curiosity: > Including ironed grilled cheese sandwiches and tennis racket mashed potatoes, there was supposed to have a third scene of Sam cooking! This time, Sam was going to cook a crab in the dishwasher! Unfortunately, for unknown reasons, the scene was cut.
TBT: Johnny’s performance as Sam in “Benny & Joon” (1993)
“In my own small way, I want this to be my salute to Keaton.” – Johnny Depp, Apr 11,1993 for the NY Times.
This week we celebrate the 26th anniversary of “Benny
Joon”, after its premiere in April 23, 1993 in the USA.
* For his performances as Sam, Johnny was trained by the mime artist,
magician and silent movie buff, Dan Kamin. During the two weeks of rehearsal, Johnny used to ask everything to make his best in the scenes, and continued to practice as the film
For the physical comedy sequence in the
park, Johnny did all of the stunts
himself and could do the flips on the first day he tried. Even though, it ended up
making him hurt himself in some scenes.
Johnny also watched Charlie Chaplin and
Buster Keaton’s movies, learned magic tricks, sleight of hand and recreated
Keaton’s patented falls. Even though Johnny had no more than 60 lines throughout the movie, Kamin
was pretty happy that Johnny learned the subtle moves and performed perfectly in a marvelous
job, so was the director Jeremiah Chechik, who couldn’t be happier watching that Johnny’s emotional expressions
worked like words.