– “What do you think people are thinking here? That I’m sitting with my
ago, yesterday (November 11), “Jack and
Jill”, a comedy movie of Adam Sandler, premiered in the USA theaters. In
this movie, Johnny makes a special cameo playing himself along with Al Pacino,
while enjoys the Lakers (USA
basketball team) game; wearing a Justin Bieber
shirt, eating popcorn and drinking Coca-Cola. (Something we may never see in
the director Dennis Dugan could hold his anxiety and ended up revealing the
“surprise” in an interview: “There’s a
secret guest star, but I can’t say who it is”, but then he admitted: “It’s Johnny
37 minutes to Johnny appears for less than 2 minutes. Johnny was in vacations
with his family after filming “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”,
and his scene was shot in Los Angeles with the same clothes he was wearing when he arrived at the studio.
before, in December 18, Johnny went with his children,
Lily-Rose and Jack, for the Justin Bieber’s “My World” show in Miami, Florida.
They went backstage and Johnny met him personally.
press conference for “Rango”, a journalist asked Johnny if he was a “belieber”
(a Justin Bieber fan). Johnny didn’t understand, thought that he was saying
“believer”, and answered: “Yes, of course. I am a huge believer”. When
explained, he laughed and said “A Belieber? I’ve actually never heard that one.
And you know what? Yes, I am a Belieber. I am, and I shall remain so.” Moments
later, Justin, who just happened to be staying at the same hotel, showed up in
the room surprising everybody and went to greet him and the cast for a few
seconds. “We’ve just established that I’m a ‘Belieber.‘” Johnny said. While
shaking their hands, Justin said that he went to say hi once he heard that he
was in the building. After that Johnny completed: “Who’s not a Belieber after
that… How am I gonna explain this to my daughter?”
Happy 8th anniversary for “Jack and Jill”!
8 years ago, on this day (November 11), Johnny made a special cameo with Al Pacino on Adam Sandler’s movie as himself enjoying the Lakers (USA professional basketball team) game, wearing a Justin Bieber shirt, eating popcorn and drinking Coca-Cola.
ago, today (November 9), the slasher movie “A Nightmare On Elm
Street” premiered in 165 selected theaters in the USA (on the first
week), being released widely in the country in November 16. Later, the movie was released
worldwide between 1985 and 1986. This is Johnny first movie and he debuts his amazing career playing the teenager Glen Lantz.
> Synopsis: Nancy is having nightmares. Something in her haunted
sleep wants to kill her. Something monstrous. Something unstoppable. But she
has more to fear. Much, much more… Her high school friends, she discovers, are having the same fiendish
dream. And they are being butchered-systematically slaughtered in their sleep
by the predatory monster of their shared nightmare. When
baffled investigating police ignore her chilling explanation, Nancy prepares to
traverse into the hellish realm of nightmares to wage her own extraordinary battle
with the ghastly killer. There, she confronts the dark, decade-old secret of
the very real NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET!
was a 21 young man playing a 17 years old character.
Sheen, John Cusack, Kiefer Sutherland, Nicolas Cage, and C. Thomas Howell were
considered to the role.
later, Johnny appears again making a special cameo in “Freddy’s Dead: The Final
Nightmare, but his character is credited as “Guy On TV” and Johnny is credited
as “Oprah Noodlemantra”.
1h31min of movie, Johnny appears for almost 25 minutes. 4 small scenes were
deleted and 1 never filmed.
The movie was shot in 30 days. Johnny received $ 1,200/week.
Johnny was married to the makeup artist, Lori Anne Allison and she introduced
him to Nicolas Cage. At that time they were the opposite: Nicolas was an
ascending actor on the way up in Hollywood, while Johnny was a broke young man
looking for money to fund his musical ambitions. Later, Nicolas arranged a meeting
with his agent; Tracey Jacobs and she sent Johnny for an audition. When he
entered the room, the director Wes Craven (so as Nicholas and Tracey) felt that
he had a potential, a charisma, something that the director had not seen in any
of the other actors. His daughter and her friends were there too, and all the
girls fell in love for Johnny. Hours later, Johnny received a call from Tracey
and got surprised when she says that he was selected for the role Glen Lantz.
Now he was an actor who never had acted or done school plays. Many people keep
saying that Johnny was accompanying his friend, Jackie Earle Haley, on the
audition and that Craven saw Depp’s Hollywood potential and immediately cast
him, but Jackie says that this is a rumor. He really did the audition and maybe
had sat next to Johnny in the waiting room, but they weren’t together.
HAPPY 35th ANNIVERSARY for the slasher movie “A Nightmare On Elm Street”!
The movie was released on this day (November 9) in the USA, making Johnny give his first step into his amazing career!
HAPPY FIRST ANNIVERSARY! One year
ago, today (November 3), “Murder on the Orient Express” premièred in the UK theatres. One day before, the movie premiered at
Royal Albert Hall, in London, with Johnny and the cast attending the red carpet. Worldwide,the movie started to be released few days later starting
in November 9. The mystery thriller film directed by Kenneth Branagh, which
plays the detective Hercule Poirot, is the fourth screen adaptation based on the 1934
novel of the same name by Agatha Christie. In this movie, Johnny plays Edward Ratchett, an unscrupulous good-looking
gangster and businessman with a dark secret.
> Synopsis: A lavish trip through
Europe quickly unfolds into a race against time to solve a murder aboard a
train. Everyone’s a suspect when Detective Hercule Pairot arrives to
interrogate all passengers and search for clues before the killer can strike
* Before this movie Johnny had
already worked with most of the cast:
– This is the fourth movie in which
Johnny and Willem Dafoe are cast together after Platoon (1986), Cry-Baby
(1990), and Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003).
– This is the third collaboration with
Johnny and Penélope Cruz working together after Blow (2001) and Pirates of the
Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011).
– This is the second movie in which
Johnny and Michelle Pfeiffer works together after Dark Shadows (2012).
It takes 14 minutes to Johnny
appear as Edward Ratchett.
4 small scenes of Johnny were
deleted and release later on the Blu-Ray DVD. (I’ll be posting later)
This was the fifth time Johnny played a gangster character, after
Joseph D. Pistone in Donnie Brasco (1997), George Jung in Blow (2001), John Dillinger
in Public Enemies (2009) and James “Whitey” Bulger (which was
killed this week) in Black Mass (2015)
* This is considered Johnny’s latest movie screened worldwide in which he appears in flesh and blood. In “Sherlock Gnomes”, released last March he only lent his voice.
Happy second anniversary for the
“Murder on the Orient Express”! The movie had its first screening two years ago, last October 3 in UK.
“This is the one. ‘This’ is the one I’ll be remembered for.” ~ Ed Wood.
24 years ago, today
(September 23), “Ed Wood” premièred at New York Film Festival, in the USA.
The biographical comedy-drama film, directed and produced by Tim Burton was
first exhibited in few theaters in North America thorough 1994. Later it was
screened worldwide in 1995. Johnny and the cast attended the NY premiere and
almost one year later attended the Cannes premiere, in France. The movie
received a really positive critical acclaim. Also received 28 nominations to
awards, won 2 Oscars and Johnny won as “Actor of the Year” for “Ed Wood” and “Don
Juan DeMarco” in 1996. In this movie Johnny is the American cult filmmaker,
actor, and author, Ed Wood, “The worst director of all time”.
> Synopsis: Ed Wood was a little
known film-maker from the early 1950’s who gained posthumous notoriety for his
dreadful B-grade science fiction films in the mid-‘80s and for his willing to
fulfill his dreams, despite of his lack of talent. This film is
producer/director Tim Burton’s fictionalized portrait of Wood’s strange, yet
mediocre life and career. Burton filmed “Ed Wood” in black and white
to recreate the atmosphere of Wood’s films. The film primarily focuses on three
aspects of Wood’s life, his transvestism, his relationships with his oddball
casts and crew as he tried to make his films on shoestring budgets, and his
friendship with aging horror-movie great Bela Lugosi whom he tried to help.
* “I think I
would have been as sick as a dog if I had walked away from this one”
When Tim called Johnny to talk about the project, they meet 20 minutes later in
a bar in los Angeles. 10 minutes of talk was need to Johnny accepts the role in
a blink of an eye. He was Tim first choice.
time, Depp was depressed about films and filmmaking. By accepting this part, it
gave him a “chance to stretch out and have some fun”, and working
with Martin Landau, “rejuvenated his love for acting”.
Johnny’s first black and white movie. One year later it repeats in “Dead Man”
Johnny’s second movie with Tim Burton, after “Edward Scissorhands”
* This was the first time Johnny played a character dressed as woman. He played another character 6 years later in “Before Night Falls” as Bon Bon.
the first time that Johnny portrayed a real person on screen, rather than a
fictional character. He based his interpretation on a combination of Casey Kasem’s utterly confident, breezy salesman quality in his voice, Ronald Reagan’s speeches and the performance of Jack Haley as the Tin Man from The wizard of
Oz. But there were a lack of visual material available for Johnny to watch Ed
Wood as himself. He watched “Glen or Glenda”, some rare silent
behind-the-scenes footage and a few black a white stills. Wood’s second wife,
Kathy, also helped giving his personal walled and phone book. When she visited
the set while filming, and saw Johnny, she said: “Johnny, you look nice. You
look like Eddie."
teens, Johnny dated a girl who wore an Angora jumper and when they broke up he
missed the jumper more than the girl. While filming, he also joked that in
certain scenes, he may have "inhaled more angora than oxygen.”
“Ed Wood” started being filmed 6 months after Johnny finished “What’s Eating
Gilbert Grape”, and 5 months before “Don Juan DeMarco”
Happy 25th Anniversary to “Ed Wood”!!!
The movie premiered on this today (September 23), at New York Film Festival, in the USA.
“- With those eyes, my bonny lad, I’m afraid you’d never see it.
However, with just a wee bit of imagination,
I can turn around right now and see…
The great bear, Porthos… Dance with me.”
Johnny is not the type of guy who likes to dance, but did a good performance in “Finding Neverland”, 15 years ago…
During the circus dance with the bear the only things real are the actors and the floor. EVERYTHING around them (audience, ropes, curtains, etc) are digital. On the next scene where they are dancing in a mirror room, only the actors the floor, and four columns (originally in black) were also real. The mirrors, lights, chandeliers, reflections and other columns were all digitally added later. In reality they were only dancing in a green studio.
“You find a glimmer of happiness in this world, there’s always someone who wants to destroy it ~
J. M. Barrie”
14 Years ago, today (September 4), “Finding
Neverland” premièred at Venice Film Festival, in Italy with part of the cast attending the
audience. The movie was also shown in several festivals before opening in the
UK in October 2004, also with the cast attending the fans. Later, It had a
limited release in the United States on November, and opened more widely on
November 24. The historical fantasy drama film was directed by Marc
Forster and written by David Magee and it’s based on the play “The Man Who Was
Peter Pan” by Allan Knee. The movie earned several nominations at the 77th
Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor
for Johnny Depp performance. In this movie, Johnny plays Sir James Matthew
Barrie, also known as J. M. Barrie, the Scottish novelist and playwright, best
remembered today as the creator of Peter Pan.
> Synopsis: Finding
Neverland is a tale of magic and fantasy inspired by the life of James Barrie,
the real-life author of the children’s classic “Peter Pan”. Set in
London in 1904, the film is a fictional account of Barrie’s creative journey to
bring Peter Pan to life, from his first inspiration for the story up until the
play’s premiere at the Duke of York’s Theatre – a night that will change not
only Barrie’s own life, but the lives of all those close to him.
* Jim Carrey (again!) was considered for the role of J.M. Barrie.
* The movie was filmed in 2002, but due to a conflict with Columbia
Pictures, which owned the film rights to Barrie’s original play and refused to
give permission once they were already adapting the “Peter Pan” movie in 2003, Miramax
agreed to delay the release in exchange for the rights to reproduce scenes from
the stage production within the film. In the end, the movie only hit the
theaters in 2004.
Johnny worked hard to take a perfect Scottish accent,
and was also helped by the crew of the movie.
During the formal dinner scene, Johnny Depp placed a
“fart machine” under Julie Christie’s chair. He had a remote control
that he used to trigger a fart sound from the device. The children are laughing
more at that than from playing with the spoons.
Johnny was so childish in set, that Kate Winslet said
that she felt like was working with 5 children, and not 4.
This was one of the best times Johnny had. Now
with two children, playing the part of the man who created “Peter Pan”, gave
him the childhood and happiness he never had. It was like a dream come true
after his troubled youth. Jack and Lily-Rose was giving him life to be a better
man, and it makes him willing to make movies which his kids could watch, such
as “Pirates of the Caribbean”, “Finding Neverland”, and later “Charlie and the
Johnny was so impressed with the performance of Freddie Highmore
during filming, that he suggested him to Tim Burton for Charlie and the
Chocolate Factory, in which Highmore played Charlie Bucket and Depp played
Willy Wonka. When the movie premièred in London, both had finished filming the
Happy 15th anniversary to “Finding Neverland”! On this day, September 4, the movie premiered at the
“It might take a queer more than five minutes to make up his mind while watching this handsome lieutenant stroke his magnificent organ.” –
Reinaldo Arenas (Javier Bardem)
19 years ago, today (September 3) in Before Night Falls, Johnny also played Lieutenant Victor, a prison interrogator who can’t resist stroking himself as he stares a portrait of Fidel Castro. Different from Bon-Bon, Johnny left the funny comedy scenes and becomes an extreme sadist character, representing how homosexuals used to be treated by guards at the
hellish jail of El Morro Prison during the 70′s.
Ps. Johnny’s “magnificent organ” was just a mixture of paper and pieces of cloth stuffed on his pants to make it bigger.