I thought I would do a blog on one of Hollywoods most popular actors, Johnny Depp. Johnny was born John Christopher “Johnny” Depp II on June 9, 1963 in born in Owensboro, Kentucky. He has one brother and two sisters. His brother Daniel is a novelist and his sister Christie is currently his personal manager. Through his childhood Johnny’s family moved around a lot, they eventually settled in Mirama, Florida, in 1970. In 1978, his parents divorced. Johnny engaged in self-harm as a child, due to the stress of dealing with family problems, which resulted in several self-inflicted scars. In a 1993 interview, he reflected on his self-injury by saying “My body is a journal in a way. It’s like what sailors used to do, where every tattoo meant something, a specific time in your life when you make a mark on yourself, whether you do it yourself with a knife or with a professional tattoo artist”.
He started to play the guitar when he was 12 and played in various garage bands. Johnny dropped out of school to become a rock musician. He played with the band The Kids, who changed their name to Six Gun Method. The band split up before signing a record deal. He then went on to collaborate with the band Rock City Angels and co-wrote their song “Mary”, which appeared on Rock City Angels’ debut for Geffen Records titled Young Man’s Blues.
Johnny got married in 1983 to Lori Anne Allison, the sister of his band’s bass player and singer. His wife introduced him to actor Nicolas Cage, who advised him to pursue an acting career. He and his wife divorced in 1985 (but thank goodness for his ex-wife and of course Nick Cage or we may not have ever seen Johnny on the big screen, and he is yummy to look at, lol).
In the 1980s Johnny became a teen idol due to his role in the television series, 21 Jump Street. He really didn’t like that status that was given to him so he decided to go a different route so he turned to films. His first major role in a film was the 1984 classic horror film A Nightmare on Elm Street. He went on to films such as Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow, Finding Neverland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland, Rango, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and the Pirates of the Caribbean film series.
Johnny has been in a relationship with Vanessa Paradis for a while now, she is a French actress and singer whom he met while filming The Ninth Gate. They have a couple of children together, daughter Lily-Rose Melody Depp was born May 27, 1999, and son John “Jack” Christopher Depp III was born April 9, 2002. Johnny said this about fatherhood – having children has given him “real foundation, a real strong place to stand in life, in work, in everything.” “You can’t plan the kind of deep love that results in children. Fatherhood was not a conscious decision. It was part of the wonderful ride I was on. It was destiny; kismet. All the math finally worked.”
You can soon see Johnny in the new upcoming Tim Burton film Dark Shadow’s which will be released sometime in May. It also stars the lovely and talented Eva Green (“The Dreamers”, “Casino Royale”, “Cracks”, “Camelot”), Michelle Pfeiffer (“Grease 2”, “The Fabulous Baker Boys”, “Dangerous Minds”, “What Lies Beneath”), Jonny Lee Miller (“Hackers”, “Dexter“), Chloë Grace Moretz (“The Amityville Horror”, “Let Me In”, “Kick-Ass”) and Helena Bonham Carter (“The Wings of the Dove”, “The King’s Speech”).
Johnny Depp Tidbits:
-Johnny has 13 tattoos, signifying important milestones in the actor’s life and the people he has shared time with.
-He and Vanessa Paradis grow grapes and have wine making facilities in their vineyard in Plan-de-la-Tour north of Saint-Tropez.
-He co-owned the French restaurant-bar Man Ray, located near the Champs-Élysées along with Sean Penn, John Malkovich and Mick Hucknall. The restaurant is located in a renovated theater and serves Tibetan cuisine.
-He received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on 19 November 1999. Tim Burton and Martin Landau were guest speakers.
-His collaboration with director Tim Burton began when he portrayed the title role in Edward Scissorhands. The quirky films success allowed Johnny to pick and choose his roles and he became known as an actor who was serious about his career, often portraying the odd-man-out character with dark and idiosyncratic roles. His critical acclaim and increasing popularity was fueled again when he teamed up with Tim Burton again playing the lead role in Ed Wood. And now once again he is working with Tim Burton in the movie Dark Shadows.
-He appears in Tom Petty’s 1991 music video, “Into The Great Wide Open”.
-He gave Noel Gallagher a white guitar with the letter “P” on it, which Noel regularly plays during Oasis’ gigs. “P” is the name of a band that Depp was in.
-He has a song about him by famed Chicago street artist, Wesley Willis.
-His parents are John Christopher and Betty Sue Palmer.
-He is part Cherokee.
-He purchased Bela Lugosi’s Los Angeles home.
-He has appeared in music videos and has produced music.
-He was a close friend of the late River Phoenix.
-He is good friends with actress Helena Bonham Carter, partner of his best friend Tim Burton.
-He is a godfather of Tim Burton son Billy Ray Burton.
-He is a great admirer of Marlon Brando. He was also good friends with the legendary actor, who described Depp as one of the greatest actors of his generation.
-He is considered one of the top three actors of his generation by Dustin Hoffman.
-He is scared of clowns, spiders, ghosts.
-As of 2011, his favorite characters played are Jack Sparrow, Edward Scissorhands, and Ed Wood.
-He was honored with a life-size statue in Serbia (2010). The statue was unveiled to him by his friend, Serbian director Emir Kusturica.
Johnny Depp Quotes:
-I was a weird kid. I wanted to be Bruce Lee. I wanted to be on a SWAT team. When I was five, I think I wanted to be Daniel Boone.
-At first we’d wear T-shirts that said “Flame” on them. At 13 I was wearing plain T-shirts. Then I used to steal my mom’s clothing. She had all these crushed velvet shirts with French-cut sleeves. And, like, seersucker bell bottoms. I dreamed of having platforms, but couldn’t find any.
-I’d been in high school three years, and I may have just walked in yesterday. I had, like, eight credits. I was in my third year of high school and I didn’t want to be there. I was bored out of my mind and I hated it.
-My cousins had a gospel group and they came down and played gospel songs, and that was the first time I ever saw an electric guitar. I got obsessed with the electric guitar, so my Mom bought me one from them for $25. I was about twelve years old. Then I locked myself in a room for a year and taught myself how to play, learned off records, and then I started playing in little garage bands. The first group I was ever in was called Flame. Then I was in The Kids. They were the ones who moved to Hollywood.
-I’m shy, paranoid, whatever word you want to use. I hate fame. I’ve done everything I can to avoid it.
-I don’t pretend to be captain weird. I just do what I do.
-Sure, I find it touching, honestly, but awards are not as important to me as when I meet a ten-year-old kid who says, “I love Captain Jack Sparrow” . . . that’s real magic for me.
-On a film you start to get closer and closer with the people you’re working with, and it becomes like this circus act or this travelling family.
-I started out as a guitarist in the early ’80s. I hooked up with a guy who idolized James Dean and he gave me a copy of the Dean biography, “The Mutant King”, which I thought was really interesting. While reading the book I watched Rebel Without a Cause (1955), and I thought, “Wow, this guy really has something”, and I was hooked. I wasn’t really into acting at the time – but James Dean was the catalyst.
-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.
-As a teenager I was so insecure. I was the type of guy that never fitted in because he never dared to choose. I was convinced I had absolutely no talent at all. For nothing. And that thought took away all my ambition, too.
-Anything I’ve done up till 27 May, 1999 was kind of an illusion, existing without living. My daughter, the birth of my daughter, gave me life.
-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 [‘girlfriend Vanessa Paradis] 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.
-I like to think that I’m very considerate of other people’s feelings, and I was trained as a small child to always try my best at everything. I think I’m a mixture of romantic and realist. I’m a realist about some stuff, but I also wholeheartedly believe that in a society where people get divorced every five minutes you can still stay married for 50 or 75 years. It’s been done and it’s beautiful. When I see a couple celebrating their 75th wedding anniversary, I just think that it’s totally incredible.
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