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The Johnny Depp Bio

The Johnny Depp Review –

by Nate Lee

Best Film:

Finding Neverland

Usually playing real people, Depp is charmingly over the top (Brasco, Thompson, Wood). Here, though, he is perfectly real and never more charming as the dreamweaver of “Peter Pan,” J. M. Barrie.

Best Tim Burton Film:

Edward Scissorhands

The brilliant story was brought to life by the always perplexed and perplexing Depp, trying to figure out these strange things called suburbanites.
Great Performances You May Not Have Seen:
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (one of three fill-ins for Heath Ledger)
Finding Neverland (Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated performance as author J.M. Barrie)
Benny & Joon (Golden Globe-nominated performance as a strange circus-type clown, opposite Mary Stuart Masterson)
What's Eating Gilbert Grape (Leonardo DiCaprio's big brother)
Donnie Brasco (real-life FBI agent who infiltrates the mob)
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Hunter S. Thompson)
Don Juan DeMarco (Brando's patient)
Dead Man (accountant at the wrong place at the wrong time)
Cry-Baby (a '50s singer)
Arizona Dream (Jerry Lewis's nephew)
The Tim Burton's Alter-Ego Johnny Depp:
Edward Scissorhands (Golden Globe-nominated performance as a boy with scissors for hands, opposite Winona Ryder)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Golden Globe-nominated performance as candy mogul Charlie)
Sweeney Todd (Oscar-nominated and Golden Globe-winning performance as the rather unorthodox barber)
Ed Wood (Golden Globe-nominated performance as the worst director ever)
Sleepy Hollow (Ichabod Crane)
Public Enemies (John Dillinger)
The Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy (Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated and SAG-winning performance as Jack Sparrow in the first of the three)
Platoon (small role as a soldier)
The Real Johnny Depp:
Finding Neverland and maybe Benny & Joon

As complex as any of his characters, Depp was abandoned by his father (Scissorhands, Gilbert Grape, Charlie), did lots of drugs (Fear and Loathing, etc. etc.) and traveled around as a musician (Chocolat). He's misunderstood (most of his films) partly because he mistrusts fame and the media that sell it. Basically, though, he's a quiet genius of entertainment.
Acting Style:
Deep. (Did they misspell his name?) His Jack Sparrow is actually an anomaly; virtually every other character (besides Ed Wood and maybe Charlie) he's played is quiet, often moody, and containing more layers than two hours could ever mine. Many of his best roles are whispered, and with very few words at that.
Bits and Quirks:
They are subtle but abundant (not even counting the "Pirate" ones). After all, Depp acts, and reacts, most with his face. They are also hard to describe because they are so subtle. Start with a long but soft stare. Take time for a shy glance downward, or a long look somewhere else. Work the hair. Work it some more. Finally, part with a hard-fought smile. The quirks in the Tim Burton films are another category altogether, but wholly original and delightfully over the top.
Great Scenes:
Edward Scissorhands

> The robotic walk
> Trying to eat his first meal
> Cutting hair
> Cutting the dog's hair
> Making the ice sculpture of Winona, creating a snowfall

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

> The squirrels testing nuts
> The scenes with his father, the dentist
> The glass elevator

Ed Wood

> The transvestite scenes


> The party on the boat
> Fixing the door

What's Eating Gilbert Grape

> Burning down the house

Benny & Joon

> The acrobatic scenes


> Getting slapped by the girls
> Stealing the ship
> Arriving on a sinking ship
> The waterwheel
> Running from the cannibals
> Fighting the Kracken
> Davey Jones' locker
If you like Johnny Depp You probably didn't like:
The Astronaut's Wife
The Ninth Gate
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