Monday mornings are usually quiet at CRT; the lights are out and company members are enjoying their day off. Yet this Monday, quite a surprise arrived in the mail – a check from Johnny Depp to support CRT’s education programs!
So, what’s the story behind this unexpected gift? It can all be attributed to three resourceful kids from Carrollton, Texas and a lemonade stand. On June 21st and 22nd, Mary Beltran (age 12), Ryan Wilcocks (age 13), and Matt Wilcocks (age 16), with the help of their parents and South Fork resident Sharon Thompson, set up a lemonade stand in front of Mountain Man Rafting to raise money for Creede Rep’s children’s programs. Over the course of two days, they raised $500.12 for CRT.
That Friday happened to be The Lone Ranger’s final day of filming in Creede. In the evening, Mr. Depp spent three hours visiting and signing autographs at Creede’s Town Hall. When they finally reached the front of the line, Mary, Ryan, and Matt shared with Mr. Depp their successful efforts in raising money for the Theatre. Johnny was so impressed by their ingenuity and generosity, he told them he’d match their gift to CRT. That gift arrived on Monday!
Please join us in thanking Mary, Ryan, and Matt for helping perpetuate generosity. You are, as Tonto would say, our kemosabe.
The actor Johnny Depp has a history of adapting literature to film, starring in a number of movies based on literary works. Most recently, he portrayed Paul Kemp, an American journalist, in “The Rum Diary,” the second film adaptation of a Hunter S. Thompson book he’s been in.
Perhaps Depp’s foray into literature proper is a logical next step. This week, Depp writes our back-page essay with Douglas Brinkley, the historian and author of “Cronkite.” Together, they are editing a book by Woody Guthrie, the folk singer who would have been 100 years old on July 14. The book, “House of Earth,” his only novel, will be published next year for the first time.
“Growing up in Kentucky, I was raised on bluegrass and country music,” Depp said in an e-mail interview. He’s listened to Guthrie all his life, although “it is thanks to Bob Dylan that the man and his music became solidified in my lexicon.” Music has also figured in Depp’s acting career: he based his character Jack Sparrow, in the mega-franchise “Pirates of the Caribbean,” on Keith Richards.
“He’s the coolest guy I’ve ever met,” Depp said of Richards, calling his recent memoir, “Life,” a “brilliant read.” A fan of books by musicians (among his favorites: Steven Tyler’s “Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?,” Dylan’s “Chronicles”), Depp is currently bringing his love of music to the screen, working on a film in Richards’s honor.
If he could portray a musician himself? “Junior Kimbrough,” Depp said. “However, failing that, I wouldn’t mind slipping into the skin and bones of Harry Partch. One of our greatest, pioneering artists, who is rarely given the respect, let alone the appreciation, that he so richly deserves.” As for Woody Guthrie, he “represents the soul and the sound of the America that I love.”
The Project: The Lone Ranger
The Panel: No guests. Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer are still shooting. This was just a quick reveal of footage at the end of Disney’s presentation.
The Big Revelations: Johnny Depp’s voice as Tonto, speaking one line in broken English: “There come a time, Kemosabe … when good man must wear mask.”
Footage Screened: Director Gore Verbinski previously worked with Depp on the first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies, which frequently relied on comedy and slapstick. Whatever is in the overall movie, there was none of that in the minute of Lone Ranger footage previewed at Comic-Con, which had a heavier, more ominous tone.
Johnny Depp is going to be a real cut-up on Family Guy: The film star will return to his role from Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands in an upcoming episode of the animated Fox comedy, EW has learned.
In a brief cameo, Depp voices Edward in one of the show’s cutaway gags. It did take a second for the actor — who watches the show with his kids — to get back into that vulnerable character from two decades ago, though. “When he was in the booth, he said that he felt like he hadn’t done that voice since he did it in front of the camera,” notes Family Guy executive producer Mark Hentemann. “He was able to snap right back into Edward Scissorhands once we pulled up a clip from the movie.” Adds Hentemann: “He was amazing — and demonstrated extraordinary patience with all the fawning women in our office who swarmed him.”
Family Guy returns for season 11 on Sept. 30.
I have updated the photo archive with 900+ images ranging from Large to High Quality of various Appearances that Johnny attended back in 2010. I would like to thank DeppLovers.Com.Br for some of the images in this album. (credit to their photos is in the description of each image that is from their gallery)
Public Appearances > 2010
Apparently, Walliams was begging for a role in Gilliam’s next film. He was warned that he’d have to “be willing to work with Johnny Depp and fly to Bucharest where the movie is to be filmed.” Walliams, of course agreed, even saying that he’d do it for free – which Gilliam “gladly accepted.”
Wes Anderson is no dummy. And so, fresh off the success of Moonrise Kingdom, the quirky auteur is already hard at work setting up his next picture. True to typical Anderson form, Twitch has learned that it will be an ensemble cast and while the as-yet-untitled film – or, at least, title-as-yet-unknown-to-us film – will feature a number of Anderson’s regulars there are also some intriguing new names in the mix.
While it’s hard to say what stage of the process each of these is at at the present, we are told that Anderson is approaching a cast of Johnny Depp, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Jude Law, Jeff Goldblum, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe and Angela Lansbury to star in the film.
The author Douglas Brinkley and the actor Johnny Depp are teaming up to edit “House of Earth,” a previously unpublished novel by the folk singer Woody Guthrie that will be released next spring. Mr. Brinkley said in a telephone interview that the book would appear from “a major New York publisher,” but declined to specify which one before the deal was completed.
The manuscript, which Guthrie finished in 1947, follows a West Texas couple who, in their effort to build adobe homes as protection against treacherous weather, fight against banks and lumber companies.
Mr. Brinkley stumbled upon mention of the work while researching a piece about Bob Dylan for Rolling Stone. “As a Woody Guthrie fan, I didn’t know about this novel,” he said. “There are two great biographies” of Guthrie, by Ed Cray and Joe Klein, he added. “They’re fantastic, readable books, but ‘House of Earth’ isn’t talked about in them. I went on a hunt for it.”
With help from the Woody Guthrie Foundation and the singer’s daughter, Nora, he found the manuscript last fall. The published book will be about 250 pages, Mr. Brinkley said.
In an essay for The New York Times Book Review, Mr. Brinkley and Mr. Depp write:
“Pitched somewhere between rural realism and proletarian protest, somewhat static in terms of narrative drive, “House of Earth” nonetheless offers a searing portrait of the Panhandle and its marginalized Great Depression residents. Guthrie successfully mixes Steinbeck’s narrative verve with D. H. Lawrence’s openness to erotic exploration. When the Library of Congress folklorist Alan Lomax read the first chapter he was profoundly impressed. For months Lomax encouraged Guthrie to finish the book, saying he’d “considered dropping everything I was doing” just to get the novel published. “It was quite simply the best material I’d ever seen written about that section of the country,” he wrote.”
Mr. Brinkley met Mr. Depp in the mid-1990s through their mutual friend Hunter S. Thompson, for whom Mr. Brinkley is literary executor. They previously teamed up to write the Grammy-nominated liner notes for “Gonzo,” a soundtrack accompanying a documentary about Mr. Thompson.
Saturday is the 100th anniversary of Guthrie’s birth.