The Many Faces of Johnny Depp: Which Role’s Your Favorite?

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By the time you read this post, the Golden Globe Awards nominations will have been announced…more on them tomorrow, but first, let us know – do you watch the Globes? Do they make you want to go and see certain movies? Do you think they’re a powerful indicator of the Oscars? Let us know where you stand on the Globes…no matter who got nominated (or snubbed) today.

What we do know however, is that you’re definitely PCA fans. So much so in fact that if you voted you’ve already made a statement that will have bearing on these races. With the show thiscoming January 11th and all. Like our next Favorite Movie Actor nominee for example, to whom we now return having already discussed the first two contenders.

Who doesn’t like Johnny Depp? He follows Hugh Jackman and Daniel Radliffe, and is curiously the only US-born nominee of our Favorite Movie Actors.

He’s an actor who manages – in spite of his massive popularity – to fly under the radar and keep to himself. We do know that he owns an island, plays music in a band, and has two children with his partner, French actress Vanessa Paradis. Beyond that, he’s a cypher and never seems to be involved in Hollywood scandal. He’s one of those actor’s actors who now has an almost “distinguished” feel because he’s done so much – even though he’s only 48.

Johnny’s been nominated for thirteen People’s Choice Awards – and he’s won six. Not a bad record.

He’s also a chameleon – both stylistically and professionally;  Depp has led many cinematic lives, he’s gone from hunky bad boy to serious actor to goofball to chidren’s icon to literary fave and back again. I first noticed him in 21 Jump Street, the TV show (that’s about to be released as a major movie with Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill in which Depp will appear) and even then there was something about those cheekbones that viewers couldn’t get enough of – ever.

In fact, there are several Depps people love – the cult fave/Tim Burton dudes: Sweeney Todd, Edward Scissorhands, Ichabod Crane, Mad Hatter and Willy Wonka, for example. Others like the quirky but human humans: Ed Wood, Gilbert Grape, Sir James Barrie (Finding Neverland) and Frank the math teacher  (The Tourist).  I was a big fan of Donnie Brasco and Public Enemies – both of which perhaps should have earned more recognition than either did. But of course, Depp probably gained his biggest fame, and largest audiences playing the irascible Captain Jack Sparrow in The Pirates of the Caribbean movies – which are indeed delightful.

Above all, Depp is a consummate professional – and he can make things happen in Hollywood because of who he is.  His friendship with “Gonzo” journalist Hunter S. Thompson may be why Fear and Loathing saw the light of day – and it’s absolutely why The Rum Diary got made. But you also have to give some credit to a “serious” actor, who probably doesn’t have to work another day in his life if he choses not to, deliberately opting to make the Pirates movies because he thinks “they’re fun” and because he  “loves kids”. Or the wacky  collaborations with Tim Burton, which sometimes feel more like two guys having a blast imagining fabulous new worlds, rather than filmmaker and actor getting down to business. Without giving too much thought to commercial success.

I guess what I mean is that Johnny Depp has always kept us guessing, and will always keep us guessing. Nor does he look to be slowing down. Why would you when everything you do looks like so much fun?

Today’s poll:

Let us know which of these Johnny Depp movies is your favorite:

1)    Pirates of the Caribbean (all 4)

2)    Edward Scissorhands

3)    Sweeney Todd

4)    Rango  

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