The fact that Johnny Depp is one of the most cherished living actors is no novelty. He has demonstrated his talents over and over, getting to the heart of the public with every complex and strange role he played. Known internationally as Captain – because, well, Jack Sparrow, he is also famous for supporting and lifting the spirits of sick children, by paying hospital visits dressed as their favorite pirate. But how many of you have seen him perform on stage?
Most Acclaimed Movies
What first comes to mind is Edward Scrissorhands (1990), the modern gothic Frankenstein tale, which first brought together Depp and erratic director Tim Burton – the collaboration of a lifetime. It was with this movie that Johnny Depp got into the attention of the public as the outlandish, but sensitive actor, an image he would carry with him for the rest of his career. Other strong roles under this collaboration are Ed Wood (1994), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Corpse Bride (2005) and Sweeney Todd (2007).
Apart from being a great weirdo, Depp also ruled at mob roles such as Donnie Brasco (1997). The movie was a big cinematic hit as it coupled Depp with icon Al Pacino, their duet being impeccable. Another honorable mention here would be his playing George Jung, – “who along with the Medellín Cartel headed by Pablo Escobar, established the American cocaine market in the 1970s in the United States” (IMDb) – in the movie Blow (2001).
Last but not least, we make it to the year 2003 when the first installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean series becomes a real big hit. Captain Jack Sparrow, inspired by The Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, is the role Depp was born to play: “The rum-soaked, unscrupulous pirate remains his best-known role, and won him a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Actor”, notes Newsweek.
The Rock Star behind the Actor
A school dropout, Johny Depp admitted in some interviews that he initially wanted to become a rock star rather than a movie actor, as he loved playing the guitar. And you must admit it, too, he does have the behavior and look of a real rock star. Enthusiasts will remember him as The Heartbreaker in Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ Into the Great Wide Open video (1991).
Although we have recently seen him on screen as evil Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts, Depp is now focused on touring alongside his band The Hollywood Vampires. This American supergroup was formed in 2015 by Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, and Joe Perry to honor the music of the rock stars who died from excess in the 1970s. Rumor has it that Depp could have also become the guitarist of Marilyn Manson, another dear friend of his.
The Hollywood Vampires just made a bold move – which was really well received by the critics and fans, by recording a cover of David Bowie’s Heroes. The song will be featured on their second album Rise, due June 21. When it comes to describing the rising band, Joe Perry summed it up pretty well: “Hollywood Vampires Are the Best-Kept Secret in Rock’ n’ Roll”.