is so professional. He comes and
does his stuff, then he
snaps out of it. Some actors like to stay in character, but he doesn't
He's very generous and giving, but he also likes to keep to himself a
the time. I had a lot of respect for him beforehand, and that has only
increased. I really appreciate the choices he's made as an actor.
—Casper Van Dien
Sleepy Hollow co-star, quoted in Depp, by Christopher Heard
hadn't been told that he just woke up, I would
have believed that Johnny Depp has put hours of work into his bag lady
disguise. The long hair with shades of blond seems not to have been in
with comb or shampoo for a long time. The clothes put on at random show
of extreme wear, the chains and charms he's wearing weigh one kilogram
least. And yet the effect is that Depp seems too beautiful to be true.
only a fraction of the stories about his life are right, at 38 he looks
miraculously perfect and alive and kicking.
—Ab Van Ieperen
VRIJ Nederland, May 2001
is very sociable. But it's virtually
impossible to go out with him. Obviously we had the wrap party and we
had a few
parties at people's flats that we all went to. But if you went into
would just get mobbed. Do you know the Father
Ted episode where all the old women go mad? Like that. It's
when people do see him they just come up to him, stand about two yards
stare. You're thinking, ‘You must be able to think of
to say.’ But
they just stare, it's really weird.
The Libertine co-star, The Birmingham Post, December 2004
a brilliant actor. He's not out to create a fan base for himself, or to
select work based on salary.
He is a virtuoso. It is like having
Miles Davis in your band
and you have got to let him go solo. The storyboards can be a funny
then you put Johnny into it and he makes it his own.
The Works Magazine, May 2007
as Johnny came on, everyone looked at it a
little differently. Johnny brings a credibility, and other actors
go, ‘Well, wait a minute, maybe I will read the script and
such a piece of garlic in the soup, you know. You
need seven straight men around him. He has to rub against a series of
archetypes and a series of plot constructs. You almost have to make the
without him and then put him in. It's such a piquant performance you
broth to put it into.
AJC Staff, July, 2006
always wanted to work with him, and ah, he's,
he's a pirate, you know, he's just, he's the ultimate pirate.
You have to give all the credit in
the world to Johnny. He's
created a character people want to dress like, be like. They can't get
distribution chief for Disney, USA Today, July 2006
Playful is what good actors are, and Depp is
wonderful. Between takes we were always having fun.
co-star, Nick of Time, 1995
not sure he looks in his mailbox—I’m not sure he
participates in the mail.
on Johnny's wandering lifestyle, 1994
Halfway through writing it [Cry-Baby]
I thought, ‘Oh God,
who’s gonna play this?’ I went and bought all the
that he hates—and saw him and thought he’d be
perfect for it. So I called him
and said ‘I have this movie about a juvenile delinquent whose
father got the
electric chair’—I didn’t try to make it
sound normal. And he really laughed; he
liked my old stuff, too. I just wanted to make sure he had a sense of
did this one little sneer in our first meeting which summed it all up,
knew that, hey, Johnny Depp is Cry-Baby.
LA Times, 1990
looked good under arrest. I loved the handcuffs.
Esquire Magazine, April 1995
made a big deal out of that [arrest at the Mark
Hotel] only because he looked SO good under arrest in that
hat—you know the
great hat that he has on when they lead him out—great shoes,
he looked really
handsome under arrest! And it was a great picture! That's why it became
huge media sensation.
director, Cry-Baby, 1998
invented grunge. I don't remember a movie star
with that look before him. Nobody looks better in rags.
Depp's future, I think, is a long, long career;
ageing gracefully; working with the great directors. I mean, he's
Polanski now. I mean, I almost could have PREDICTED that—what
He's going to do Tim Burton's movie with Christina Ricci. The next two
he's got coming up, right there, are with really strong directors with
bodies of work. And that's what attracts Johnny Depp to a project; and
the same way why the directors want to work with Johnny Depp: because
body of work. And I think he brings to any project PRESTIGE, and
really, TALENT, that very few actors have in Hollywood today.
director, Cry-Baby, 1998
First of all, Johnny is a pirate in
real life. It's the
closest part he's ever played to his real self, but the fact that he
kind of nelly was a big risk.
Newsweek, msnbc.com, June 2006
Broadway version of Cry-Baby is in
the offing, with
newcomer James Snyder handling the
title role. “I just saw one of their rehearsals and it’s
going great,” Waters
said. “We didn’t want someone who was going to do an
imitation of Johnny Depp.
On the other hand, it’s impossible to be too much like Johnny
Depp; I think
he’s one of Hollywood’s all-time renaissance men.”
for the February 10, 2005 Rolling Stone cover—Johnny didn't
want a hairstylist
or a makeup artist. Depp walked in the studio, chose a shirt and was
go.] He's devilishly good looking. He just comes in. He's
himself. He had a
cowboy hat on, and he's easygoing. It didn't matter what he was wearing.
Photographer, Rolling Stone, May 2006
Depp is a great beauty. He does
everything he can to break
that beauty down a little bit. But everything he does just makes him
Photographer, Rolling Stone, May 2006
With his public persona, I didn't
know what to expect. He
comes across as a way-out guy, but he's not like that at all. He's
very easy to talk to, quite down-to-earth and real. Although he wants
separate his private life as much as he can now that he has two
was willing to talk about pretty much anything. He seemed like a really
interviewed Johnny for Playboy, May 2004
I think he's probably the premier
actor of his day. I think
he's been frozen out for years. I think he was looked at as too risky
for a lot
of the top stuff. A lot of people are going to be kissing his butt now.
what they don't understand about Johnny is that he can smell BS 10
The same guys who a year ago were saying ‘Him? Are you
kidding? He's box office
poison’ now [think] he's the hottest thing in the universe.
Head of Miramax, Entertainment Weekly, September 2003
character in The Libertine is
multifaceted and he
conveys the complexities with
brilliance. He is a true master and his performance in this film is
would say he’s one of those people who doesn’t fit
era. His standards
and integrity are different. He’s sort of a backlash to
—Chuck E. Weiss
Details interview, 1993
At first, I thought Johnny was taking
on more than he could
handle with The Brave. I had only
seen one other guy who directed and acted in the same film. That was
Costner in Dances With Wolves, but
saw Kevin break a couple of times and tear after someone and get angry.
didn't see that in Johnny. He goes beyond getting angry. He likes
arty roles as an actor, and he is that way in his personality too.
—Floyd "Red Crow" Westerman
The Brave co-star, Vanity Fair, February 1997
is such a gentleman, and he's so funny. He has
a really British sense of humor—he's like a European in an
American skin. And
he's ridiculously gorgeous. It's preposterous, actually. I would say to
‘Do you drink alcohol?’ And he'd say,
and look at me like I had six heads.
And I'd say, ‘Your skin!’ He has incredible skin!
Finding Neverland co-star, Harper's Bazaar, October 2004
I wish I could tell you some kind of
outrageous bad story or weird little anecdote about Johnny Depp, but
utter pleasure. I mean he was wonderful, he has a great sense of humor
a dad so he was very sort of hands on with the boys, and we were like a
big kids together, you know. He was great fun. In fact there was one
where my family, my children and myself are invited to his house for
and the scene is supposed to be kind of fraught with tension and the
trying to be poised and correct at the table, and they are supposed to
giggling at how uncomfortable the situation is. How do you just tell a
just laugh on camera? Johnny Depp comes to work with a fart machine
rigged up underneath Julie Christie's chair at the table, and he was in
of the button. So, throughout the scene, as far as the boys were
Julie Christie was just spontaneously farting. I cannot tell you, I
littlest one was going to fall off his chair—he was in
It was very
funny, so that's basically Johnny Depp for you in a nutshell.
was wearing a dinner jacket with an old
fashioned breast front. I don't know what you actually call those
with a very tight collar, and we were doing this scene and Johnny is
through all his dialogue and turning round looking for people like
this. And I
said, ‘Have you done something to your neck?’ And
‘No, it's just that
my collar is quite tight . . .’ And I said, ‘Well
to get somebody to come
and help you with this thing.’ And he was like,
‘No, no I
don't want to make
any fuss.’ And he didn't do anything. And I swear to God he
the whole scene
like this, hardly moving his neck because he was in agony with this
he could hardly breathe, but he just didn't want to cause any problems,
want to adjust the atmosphere of the set and I just completely loved
that moment on. I thought what a gentleman, what a pro.
co-star, Finding Neverland
[. . .] mapped out one of the most idiosyncratic
resumes on moviedom's A-list, channelling his charisma into audaciously
stylised performances for [Tim] Burton, Jim Jarmusch and Terry Gilliam,
exploiting or camouflaging his preposterous beauty as the part
amassing a repertoire of accents to rival Meryl Streep's. Now that he
mega-grossing franchise under his belt (Pirates
of the Caribbean), there's no one currently on the Hollywood
Depp's combination of star power with adventurous taste, cockeyed
flair for the without-a-net performance.
National Film Theatre of the British Film Institute, announcing their 2005 Johnny Depp film festival
first day I met him was quite late on,
and I built myself up for it so much, because, obviously, I’ve been in
with him my whole life. Haven’t we all? The day I saw him for the first
though, I was dressed as a boy. I didn’t even have a nice dress, or
like that. I was literally hiding from the guy, and then Colleen
dress designer, brought me over to Johnny, and said, “You haven’t met
yet, she plays your daughter.” And he said, “Hi, I’m Johnny, it’s
meet you.” And I said something that wasn’t actually English.
costar, Sweeney Todd, The Event Guide—Ireland, December 2007
was struck by Johnny’s focus, you know.
He’s very relaxed when he’s not shooting, but as soon as he goes in
the camera, his concentration is so intense. It’s really exciting to
was a real lesson for me. He’s like a dancer, so precise and beautiful
at Pinewood next to Charlie and The Chocolate
One day this American comes over
and starts telling me how he lives in France and is addicted to walnut
and is there anywhere he can buy it in the UK. I politely told him I
idea. Later someone said, 'You do realize that was Johnny Depp, don't
TV chef, UK Radio Times, October 2004