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Johnny Depp

FULL NAME John Christopher Depp II
BORN June 9, 1963, Owensboro, Kentucky, USA
ASSOCIATION Actor (Producer, Director)
NATIONALITY American
REVIEWED ENTRIES 25 (26)
MAX. RATING

MIN. RATING

AVERAGE RATING 3.96
STRENGTHS
  • His enigmatic appearance and persona
  • His versatility
  • His eye-work and speech

 

FILMOGRAPHY (ONLY REVIEWED ENTRIES)

YEAR TITLE ROLE RATING
1984 A Nightmare on Elm Street Glen Lantz

½

1986 Platoon Lerner  
1990 Cry-Baby Cry-Baby

½

1990 Edward Scissorhands Edward Scissorhands

½

1993 What's Eating Gilbert Grape? Gilbert Grape

1994 Ed Wood Edward D. Wood Jr.

½

1995 Don Juan DeMarco Don Juan DeMarco

1995 Nick of Time Gene Watson

½

1997 Donnie Brasco Donnie Brasco

1997 The Brave Raphael

1999 The Ninth Gate Dean Corso

½

1999 The Astronaut's Wife Spencer Armacost

1999 Sleepy Hollow Ichabod Crane

½

2000 Chocolat Roux
2001 From Hell Inspector Abberline

2001 Blow Alice

½

2003 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Jack Sparrow

2004 Secret Window Mort Rainey

½

2004 The Libertine Rochester

½

2004 Finding Neverland Sir J. M. Barrie

½

2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Willy Wonka

2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Jack Sparrow

2007 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Sweeney Todd

2009 Public Enemies John Dillinger

2010 Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter

2010 The Tourist Frank Tupelo

½

2011 The Rum Diary Paul Kemp

 

PORTRAIT

Not many of my acting favourites receive increased critical acclaim in proportion with the time that has passed since I started following them, but for Johnny Depp new heights of popularity are reached as we speak. Since I first saw him in Edward Scissorhands some twelve years ago, Depp has gone from handsome young actor, to alternative leading man and ultimately, leading box office star. The latter, some will say, unfortunately so.

Johnny Depp is neither naturally talkative nor brawly and thus hasn't had the simple route to superstardom. Additionally, his looks aren't the typical, all-American you'll find in Brad Pitt, to which he has frequently been compared. They share, however, little other than age and period of breakthrough. The mentioned Scissorhands, along with Cry-Baby were Depp's first significant leading roles and gave him a position as, if nothing else, the new heartthrob around. But already with his next batch of films, Depp started to show his knack for choosing dark, often unconventional roles in alternative and/or independent productions. These were roles that not only suited him professionally, but also helped build a somewhat enigmatic and exotic image. And critics hailed his work in films such as What's Eating Gilbert Grape?, Ed Wood and Dead Man.

Depp had rarely taken roles that flattered his looks, but with Don Juan DeMarco, anything else would have been impossible. It was a film that underlined his seductive skills - on audiences as well as co-characters, and Depp's versatility it was about to become apparent.

As the millenium closed in, Depp looked more and more as a superstar. With cameleon-like appearances, his screenpresence included everything to boyishly handsome to sleezy basket cases. Acclaimed work in Donnie Brasco (1997) and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) was followed up by a handful of thriller/horror-films (The Ninth Gate, The Astronaut's Wife, Sleepy Hollow) and then a few smaller international productions (Before Night Falls, Chocolat). After successes with Blow and From Hell in 2001, Depp took a two year hiatus before returning with a fantastic performance in the rather uneven adventure Pirates of the Caribbean. The film earned Depp a first Oscar-nomination and confirmed his position as one of the business most sought-after performers.

 

TRIVIA

  • The one who recommended Johnny Depp to me was former classmate Linda Gundersen back at secondary school in Tønsberg 1993-94.

 

AWARDS

The Academy Awards (Oscars)

2003

Nominated for Actor for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

2004

Nominated for Actor for Finding Neverland

2007

Nominated for Actor for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

 

WHAT DO THE CRITICS SAY?

Edward Scissorhands

"Johnny Depp var et strålende valg for Edwards rolle. Hans sårbare, innestengte blikk skaper en perfekt Edward." - Fredrik Fevang

Ed Wood

"Han spiller med eksepsjonell utstråling og innlevelse." - Fredrik Fevang

Don Juan DeMarco

"Depp er strålende plassert i en rolle som har likhetstrekk til en rekke av rollene han har gjort tidligere. Han viser frem deler av sjelen til Alex i Arizona Dream og mystikken til Ed i Ed Wood. På visse stadier er det Depp alene som holder denne filmen oppe." - Fredrik Fevang

The Ninth Gate

"Johnny Depp predicts the problems and has some fun with his role." - Fredrik Fevang

The Astronaut's Wife

"Depp er sjarmerende gåtefull innledningsvis, men blir sjanseløs mot sin håpløst dårlige rollefigur." - Fredrik Fevang

From Hell

" Depp spiller sin inspektør Abberline med en søt, liten dose ironi, og følger således opp sin rolle som Ichabod Crane i Sleepy Hollow. Men tolkningen er ikke mindre seriøs av den grunn, og Depps delikate mystikk er nok en gang en klar styrke for en film han leder." - Fredrik Fevang

Pirates of the Caribbean

"Johnny Depps sirlig stiliserte og ekstravagant overspilte Jack Sparrow er hovedbeholdningen i Pirates of the Caribbean" - Fredrik Fevang

Secret Window

"Depp works this role so well that we're instantly drawn to his character and spinned into his world." - Fredrik Fevang

Finding Neverland

"Johnny Depp stars as J. M. Barrie and gives a sincere and moving, but somewhat uncomplex performance." - Fredrik Fevang

 

CHARACTER QUOTES

Ed Wood (1994)

Edward D. Wood, Jr.: I met Bela Lugosi. 
Dolores Fuller: Why, I thought he was dead. 
Edward D. Wood, Jr.: No, he's very much alive. Well, sort of.

Pirates of the Caribbean (2003)

Jack Sparrow: [to Weatherby Swann] I think we've all arrived at a very special place. Spiritually, ecumenically, grammatically.

Will Turner: Where's Elizabeth? 
Jack Sparrow: She's safe, just like I promised. She's all set to marry Norrington, just like she promised. And you get to die for her, just like you promised. So we're all men of our word really... except for Elizabeth, who is in fact, a woman.