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Without a doubt, the appeal of Johnny Depp is first and foremost his originality as an artist. He is not afraid of a challenge, just the opposite when it comes to his choice of roles, especially since 1990, Johnny Depp is fierce. His personal life perpetuates the mystique of Johnny Depp even further.
Johnny Depp was born on June 9, 1963 in Owensboro, Kentucky and was raised in Florida. (He is the youngest of four children.) His parents divorced when he was 15. The divorce affected the whole family deeply. Johnny dropped out of school about the time of his parents’ divorce to follow his dream of becoming a rock star. Music was his first love and in spite of his successful acting career Johnny’s affair with music continues. “There’s nothing – you know – nothing else like music. Nothing that touches us on that, uh, that deep level. Music can open up so many emotions that we didn’t know we had. It’s the magical thing about musicals, you know, on the stage or on film or whatever. Love songs. They work so well because music touches us, emotionally, where words alone can’t.”
His acting career came about quite accidentally when – during a visit to L.A. – Johnny Depp’s wife at the time, Lori Anne Allison (Lori A. Depp), introduced him to Nicolas Cage; the rest – as they say – is history.
Johnny Depp’s first role was in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). His big break came in 1987 when he replaced Jeff Yagher in the TV series “21 Jump Street”. In 1990 he met the director, Tim Burton which was the beginning of their friendship and artistic collaboration which started with Johnny portraying the title character in Edward Scissorhands and continues till today. (Johnny is the godfather of Tim Burton’s son and has written the foreword to Mark Salisbury’s biography of Tim Burton, “Burton on Burton”.) Tim Burton and Johnny Depp on The Early Show:
The film (“Edward Scissorhands”) has been very successful and helped Depp develop the image of a serious dramatic actor not afraid of creative challenges.
He was able to sustain this image by earning critical acclaim for his performances in several feature films that followed. In 1994 he’s gotten together with Burton for a lead in Ed Wood. 1997 brought him recognition for his role in Donnie Brasco, opposite Al Pacino. Many other roles followed, in such films as Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas; The Astronaut’s Wife and his memorable portrayal of Ichabod Crane in Burton’s Sleepy Hollow in 1999.
Many of Depp’s roles have gained critical praise. Looking back, it was probably his magical interpretation of Capt. Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) with a cast featuring Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, and Geoffrey Rush that has cemented his position as one of Hollywood’s most valued actors. (The role earned him an Academy Award nomination as well.)
In 2005 Johnny’s starred as Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. (An ironic fact: Depp was allergic to chocolate as a child…) He appeared as the lead in the film Secret Window based on a Stephen King novel. Played the novelist James Barrie in Finding Neverland (2004), costarring with Kate Winslet. Then came, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street; Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson; The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and Public Enemies. In 2010 Johnny played in When You’re Strange and The Rum Diary. His latest film scheduled to be released soon is The Tourist directed by a German director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck co-starring Angelina Jolie.
“The characters I’ve played, that I’ve responded to, there has been a lost-soul quality to them.” said Johnny Depp.
As much as Johnny Depp’s acting career has been successful nearly from the beginning, his life off-screen was quite stormy.
Johnny has been married once in the early 80s (to Lori Anne Allison) but the marriage lasted mere 2 years. His love life, on the other hand, was rich. He’s been romantically linked to a number of celebrities and engaged several times: to Sherilyn Fenn, Jennifer Grey, Winona Ryder and Kate Moss.
A fair share of legal trouble is also a part of his history. There was his alleged involvement in drug dealing in The Viper Room; an arrest that followed an act of vandalism (he virtually trashed a New York hotel suite); and another arrest for fighting with a photographer in London. (Johnny himself admitted that as a youth he experimented with drugs and alcohol.)
A lot is known about Johnny Depp so why does he remain so interesting? Perhaps because unlike many other actors and celebrities, he doesn’t pursue the limelight. Johnny Depp values privacy. “I’m shy, paranoid, whatever word you want to use. I hate fame. I’ve done everything I can to avoid it.” Johnny found privacy in France where he created the home life he longed for with his long-time lady-love Vanessa Paradis (French singer, songwriter and actress) with whom he has two children: a daughter Lily-Rose Melody (born in 1999) and a son called Jack (born in 2002), both named after the lead characters of his 1985 film “Legend”. The family splits its time between France, United States and Johnny Depp’s private island in the Bahamas. (It seems that the loss of his beloved grandfather, the divorce of his parents, and his own not always successful pursuit of happiness have taught Johnny the value of having a family.) Speaking of Vanessa he said:
“I pretty much fell in love with Vanessa the moment I set eyes on her. As a person, I was pretty much a lost cause at that time in my life. She turned all that around for me with her incredible tenderness and understanding.”
Speaking of their life together, Johnny says: “I love our house in the country. I can walk to the nearby village and have a coffee and no one pays any notice. I’m just another dad with my daughter on my knee. The time I’ve spent in France with her has solidified my belief that I can keep a major distance from Hollywood and still keep in the game. Acting is my living, but I don’t want to live it. Living in France is the first time I can honestly say I feel at home.”
His thoughts on parenthood? “Having kids was a huge change for me. Becoming a father. But I think more than changing, I feel like I’ve been revealed to myself, I kind of found out who I was. When you meet your child for the first time and you’re looking at this angel, you start realizing what an idiot you’ve been for so many years and how much time you’ve wasted. As far as being feet-on-the-ground, once again my kids and Vanessa have given me a proper foundation. A sense of home that I never had in my life, a real sense of a place to be.”
He’s created a family of his own; separates his personal life from his work; and protects his personal life from media intrusion. It appears also that the French way of life serves him well. Different sources mention that he cultivates grapes and produces his own wine. While living in France Johnny and his family enjoy relative anonymity which allows the Depp clan to live a normal life at a European pace. In his own words: “France and the whole of Europe have a great culture and an amazing history. Most important thing, though, is that people there know how to live! In America they’ve forgotten all about it. I’m afraid that the American culture is a disaster.” Some of his statements in which he expressed his appreciation for Europe and its values have been misconstrued and some media outlets attempted to portray Johnny as a traitor of American values. Not so, any transplant to Europe will tell you that unlike Americans who live to work, Europeans work to live. No wonder Johnny Depp – like so many others – was bowled over by the contrast.
Johnny Depp resents the media’s intrusiveness. As he’s stated on several occasions a lot of the information published about him is inaccurate. He firmly believes that his contribution to fans is his work and public appearances and believes that once he completes a project he is entitled to keep his private life private. He is right; on the other hand, he’s also well-read. Throughout history, the public was fascinated by high profile individuals and whether it comes to Cesar and Cleopatra, Benjamin Franklin, Picasso, or Greta Garbo we know not only of their public pursuits but their private lives as well. I believe that no one has the right to violate the stars’ privacy, but let’s be honest: we want to know the people we admire and the only way to know and / or understand a person is in the context of his or her private life. Because the private lives shape who they become, define their work, and often inspire others …
Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie Interview about their film “The Tourist”