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.”

Photo courtesy Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair

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