LOS ANGELES — Johnny Depp would like to transcend being Johnny Depp.
“I don’t want to look back in 30, 40 or 50 years and have my grandkids say, ‘You did a lot of stupid s—, Granddad. What an idiot you were, smiling for the cameras and playing the game.”
He adds with a laugh, “I’d rather they say, ‘Wow, man, you’re nuts.’ ”
Depp, 50, runs a hand through his black shirt and tries to explain his current movie.
“I see this film as a man chosen by God to grow a long beard. He knows the rest of the world will be slaughtered, but the animals will come to him,” he says, adding, “Just wait. That’s ‘Noah!’ Oh, ‘Noah.’ Oh no, no, no!”
There are those who meet their heroes and go, ‘Aw, fuck.’ and I’ve never had that, luckily. I was never disappointed by the people I’ve admired. – Johnny Depp
Even more than the other superstars of his generation (the Pitts, the Clooneys, the Cruises), Johnny Depp has built a personal mythos as complex and compelling as his career. In a sense, he’s managed to position himself as the beatnik troubadour of American cinema. After his early roles, as the cute boyfriend in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) and the cute narc on the late-’80s cop show 21 Jump Street, Depp fought against his matinee-idol image. In his first headlining role, in John Waters’s cult greaser comedy Cry-Baby (1990), the actor sent up his own pinup status, playing a high school toughie with his tongue planted firmly in cheek. And, even as he became grist of young-Hollywood tabloid mill (dating the likes of actress Winona Ryder and model Kate Moss), there seemed to be another Depp hiding beyond the spotlight, an inquisitive artist who sought out his creative heroes, including Marlon Brando, the Beats, his good friend Hunter Thompson, and Thompson’s partner-in-crime, the artist Ralph Steadman (with whom Depp appears in this month’s For No Good Reason, a documentary about Steadman’s life and work).
With his star turn in Tim Burton’s eerie fantasy Edward Scissorhands (1990), Depp began putting together the menagerie of oddballs, outcasts, and misfits (Ed Wood , Don Juan DeMarco , Ichabod Crane in Sleepy Hollow , Raoul Duke in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas ) that would define his reputation as Hollywood’s unpredictable master of disguise. And, for much of the past 15 years, those complicated sideshow characters of Depp’s have been the main attraction in a series of CGI circuses (as Willy Wonka and the Mad Hatter in Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory  and Alice in Wonderland , respectively, and as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean series).
Now, aged 50, Depp may be reinventing himself yet again. Escaping the makeup trailer in this month’s techno-fable Transcendence, the actor plays a present-day artificial intelligence researcher whose mind is incorporated into a computer system—his character, in other words, disappears into a network of his own design.
Or maybe Johnny is just the same old Johnny—the Johnny who, with his band the Kids had a dream come true by opening for Iggy Pop in the early ’80s. The actor and the musician then met again on the set of Cry-Baby and have been friends and collaborators ever since (Pop even scored the lone movie that Depp directed, the 1997 drama The Brave). Last February, Pop, who now lives in Florida, phoned Depp, who was at his home in Los Angeles, to talk about heroes, guitar solos, getting into character, and getting away from it all.
Read the whole interview over at interviewmagazine.com
After the “Late Show” host revealed he was hanging up his talk-show hat in 2015, Depp joked, “I was planning to announce my retirement,” before getting serious about his engagement to Amber Heard.
It was a night of important life-changing announcements on the Late Show when Johnny Depp joined David Letterman on Thursday.
After Letterman spent the beginning section of the CBS show making a lengthy revelation of his impending retirement, he began his interview with the actor in his normal manner, but Depp wanted to talk about the host’s big news.
“Apparently, you just announced you are retiring,” said the Transcendence star, who said he regretted wavering.
“It was only because I was planning to announce my retirement. Now that is ruined because no one cares,” he joked.
Letterman soon got back to business by talking about their respective kids, and the unusual sparkler on Depp’s wedding finger.
“I have a female engagement ring,” confessed the Pirates of the Caribbean actor, who was first spotted wearing the ring while in Beijing on Monday. “Yes … it was too big for my girl … Amber [Heard].
“She is wearing the other one,” explained the actor, whose two-day promotional trip to China earlier this week was a whirlwind of guitar playing, sculpting with artists and even some talk about his latest sci-fi thriller.
“The ring is too large for her, but it fits you perfectly,” commented Letterman.
“I think people are too scared to comment, ‘Why is a grown man wearing a woman’s engagement ring?’” joked Depp, about the unusual feminine jewelry that glittered on his left hand.
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Earlier on the Late Show, Letterman revealed that 2015 would be his final year. “Roughly, I have spent half my time behind this desk. More importantly, that means I spent half my time in makeup,” he told the audience. “You can’t but think about the passage of time; it is the way of life.”
After recounting a long story about fishing with his son and trying to identify a golden eagle, he said, “That’s when I thought, if you spend most of your day trying to ID birds, should you really be hosting a network television show?”
Johnny will be the cover boy for April issue of Interview Magazine. Below a bunch of pics from the shooting and an article taken from it:
Johnny Depp isn’t just an incredibly talented actor — he also has film producer and musician on his resume. Depp’s been a guitar player since childhood and has performed with several notable musicians, but playing lead guitar for Willie Nelson may be the coolest.
South by Southwest has just kicked off in Austin, Texas and a lot of big stars are slated to appear and perform during the 10-day music and film extravaganza. Rodeo Austin — which is running concurrently — is a small portion of what the city has to offer during these early March weeks, but it becomes quite a special part when you combine Nelson and Depp onstage together.
KVUE, an ABC news affiliate in Austin, posted the news when they saw the two perform together during the family affair. Apparently, there was another member or the Nelson family on stage, too!
“Lukas Nelson was there, as was Johnny Depp,” web producer Jordan wrote on Facebook. “Johnny was incognito and introduced as ‘John.’ They were all great!”
Incognito ‘John’ joined Nelson on stage in his signature fedora, a button-down and a vest. Depp tapped his toes along while he played lead on Nelson’s ‘On the Road Again,’ one of the legend’s most famous and recognized songs. The actor appeared comfortable onstage alongside the country icon, who sported his signature braids.
Johnny Depp will show his villainous side in his next film project.
The movie star has signed on to play James ‘Whitey’ Bulger in the biopic “Black Mass,” according to Deadline. The movie will tell the true story of Bulger, an infamous Boston kingpin who worked as an FBI informant. When the partnership soured, Bulger became one of the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted fugitives, and was arrested in 2011 after 16 years on the run.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Depp dropped out of “Black Mass” last spring because the film’s producers were only able to pay him his standard $20 million fee. Depp has now officially signed on to the project, and Tom Hardy is said to be in talks to play John Connolly, an FBI agent and childhood friend of Bulger’s who ended up in prison for alerting Bulger that he was about to be indicted.
Depp has previous experience playing real-life criminals evading the law: He played John Dillinger in the 2009 film “Public Enemies.”
Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him. However, in their attempt to destroy Will, they inadvertently become the catalyst for him to succeed—to be a participant in his own transcendence. For his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) and best friend Max Waters (Paul Bettany), both fellow researchers, the question is not if they can… but if they should. Their worst fears are realized as Will’s thirst for knowledge evolves into a seemingly omnipresent quest for power, to what end is unknown. The only thing that is becoming terrifyingly clear is there may be no way to stop him.
Photo credits: Entertainment Weekly
Keith Richards will once again step into the boots of Captain Teague, MailOnline can exclusively reveal.
The Rolling Stones musician is set to reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow’s father in Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
‘After months of talks, Keith has signed on to rejoin Johnny Depp in this fifth Pirates film,’ a source tells MailOnline. ‘Cameras are scheduled to start rolling in October.’
Also, Christopher Waltz may plan villain Captain Brand, MailOnline has learned.
Keith has appeared in two previous Pirate films: 2007′s Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End and 2011′s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
In 2012 the rock god said the chances of him coming back to the movie franchise were good.
‘I spoke to Johnny a couple of weeks ago and he said, “Are you up for another one?”‘ he offered.
At the time, he was not able to confirm his involvement.
‘I can leave it at that because I know no more, but I do have the costume!’ he added.
Keith was cast in the Pirates films after Johnny admitted the musician inspired his flamboyant portrayal of Jack in the original Pirates of the Caribbean, which was called The Curse of the Black Pearl and came out in 2003.
In this new installment of the Disney franchise – which is set for a 2015 release – Jack and his team are in search of The Trident, which Keith’s Teague holds valuable information to.
The villain this time is Captain Brand, a ghost that wants the Trident so he can get his revenge on Jack.
Brand believes Jack turned his brother Eric into a pirate, which led to his death.
MailOnline can exclusively reveal that Christopher – best known for his turn in Quentin Tarantino’s 2009 hit Inglourious Basterds – is interested in playing Brand, but no commitments have been made yet.
Also in Dead Men Tell No Tales, Jack becomes enchanted by Barbosa’s daughter, Carina Smyth.
She’s a beautiful woman in her late 30s who is called a witch by some but is really an adept astronomer.
‘She falls for Jack as their adventures keep them together, but he rebuffs her advances in fear of angering Barbosa,’ script notes obtained exclusively by MailOnline reveal.
Carina has not yet been cast, but Geoffrey Rush is a go to reprise his role as Barbosa.
Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg are set to director from a script by Jess Nathanson.
Producers include Johnny and his older sister Christi Dembrowski, as well as Jerry Bruckeheimer.
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