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Pictures of Johnny Depp on the December Cover of Vanity Fair 2010-11-30 10:30:00

Johnny Talks to Vanity Fair About The Tourist and Angelina's "Perverse" Sense of Humor

Johnny Depp was interviewed by his friend and collaborator Patti Smith for the January 2011 issue of Vanity Fair, which is on newsstands Dec. 7. The actor spent much of the Summer and Fall filming Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, but is now busy promoting his holiday release, The Tourist. He opened up to Patti about starring alongside Angelina Jolie in the thriller, which is one of Buzz's most anticipated movies of the season, revealing that they avoided chatting in public during the shoot to avoid any misconceptions about their relationship. Johnny and Angelina play characters who strike up an unlikely romance in the steamy film, and he says that playing buttoned-down mathematician Frank was intriguing because of how oddly normal the character actually is. Here's more:

  • On working with Angelina: “Meeting her and getting to know her was a real pleasant surprise. You don’t know what she might be like—if she has any sense of humor at all. I was so pleased to find that she is incredibly normal, and has a wonderfully kind of dark, perverse sense of humor...I’ve had the honor and the pleasure and gift of having known Elizabeth Taylor for a number of years. You know, you sit down with her, she slings hash, she sits there and cusses like a sailor, and she’s hilarious. Angie’s got the same kind of thing, you know, the same approach.”
  • On his character in The Tourist: "I was always fascinated by people who are considered completely normal, because I find them the weirdest of all.”
  • On becoming an actor: “Going into acting was an odd deviation from a particular road that I was on in my late teens, early 20s, because I had no desire, no interest, really, in it at all. I was a musician and I was a guitarist, and that’s what I wanted to do.”
  • On the role he still wants to play: "[Marlon Brando said,] Why don’t you just take a year and go and study Shakespeare, or go and study Hamlet. Go and work on Hamlet and play that part. Play that part before you’re too old…. So what he was trying to tell me was: play that f*cking part, man. Play that part before you’re too long in the tooth. Play it. And I would like to. I’d really, really like to.”

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Photo courtesy Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair

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Pampire Pampire 5 years
Johnny is awesome and an amazing actor IMO....love him!
Burkina Burkina 5 years
Brando chose HIM. Johnny. No one else. Everyone was chasing that loser James Dean who couldn't find his own persona..but no Jonny was just ..*it*.
MinnieG MinnieG 5 years
He is the coolest, weirdest actor out there.
gummybears123 gummybears123 5 years
he's looking a lot like benjamin bratt in these pictures. also i always find it very impressive when movie actors do theatre.
Smashboxchick Smashboxchick 5 years
I honestly don't think he's attractive at all.
lilegwene lilegwene 5 years
I have to disagree with littlebobeep; he's been in some not so great movies, but in each of those HE has been great. He has made the movie worth watching (or at least not absolute torture to sit through). The movies I'm thinking of are Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, The Brave, ALL the stupid Pirate movies, oh and who could forget Don Juan DeMarco. Horrible movies each, but Mr. Depp delivers. Plus he has a repertoire of outstanding movies where his performance just adds to it; Platoon, Finding Neverland, Sweeney Todd, Blow, Donnie Brasco, Ed Wood. Also just think of all of the iconic roles he has developed; Cry-Baby, Edward Scissorhands, Jack Sparrow. A lot of this comes down to personal opinion, but to put him in the same category as Madonna is just insulting.
lisa101 lisa101 5 years
For feck sake, can't we leave Johnny out of this tired Aniston/Jolie, boring crap? And can't the anon people just get accounts? These tiresome slanging matches with nameless posters?
dancing-nancy dancing-nancy 5 years
Madonna won a Golden Globe for Evita - does that make her a GREAT acting talent/movie star? Being a normal person, I own up to the fact that I was completely wrong about Depp's Oscar nods. He has made some wonderful movies and been excellent in some roles but he's also made a lot of crap and 'gimmicky' movies. Is he a good actor? Absolutely? Is he a 'great' actor? No.
dancing-nancy dancing-nancy 5 years
Peoples Choice Awards???? Are you kidding? A Kartrashian could win one of the those. Anon #9 - You make me laugh with your obsession with Jennifer Aniston. This post isn't about her you know, right?
chocolate79 chocolate79 5 years
a really cool actor, always
dancing-nancy dancing-nancy 5 years
Actually, Anon #5, I can't stand Ms Aniston either and haven't seen any of movies in years. But you go ahead with your assumptions and generalizations because someone doesn't agree withl your POV. I can handle it.
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