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Johnny Depp Flirting with Overkill?

Posted by on May 13, 2011 at 1:50 PM EST

johnny deppHas Johnny Depp lost his touch when it comes to the roles he plays in films?

Actor Johnny Depp has, in recent years, developed a reputation for picking zany, crazy roles. Such movies have included Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland, and the Pirates of the Caribbean series. But as Johnny Depp considers starring in yet another Pirates of the Caribbean flick, it begs the question…why is Johnny Depp playing these same quirky characters? Has he burned out as an actor, or is he merely trying to make as much money as possible, without concern for artistic integrity?

My words are harsh, yes. But I used to love Johnny Depp, back in the days of Edward Scissorhands…when he showed his ability to play an unconventional character, but without stumbling into caricature. His acting then was subtle, artful. What would Edward Scissorhands be like if Johnny Depp had attempted to convey him as flamboyant, and over the top?

Perhaps I’m being too critical. What do you think? What was the last great movie Johnny Depp starred in? Usually, films like Pirates of the Caribbean are confined to a trilogy…but Captain Jack Sparrow has already starred in 4 Pirates films, and word on the street is that Johnny Depp may set sail in yet another in the series.

And in Johnny Depp’s own words, “I don’t feel like I could ever be done with Jack Sparrow. I feel like there will always be more possibilities and more trouble he could get into; more irreverence and more absurdity. I’d be done with him only in the sense that if they ever say we’re done making the movies.”




(3) Readers Comments

  1. I think you’re being too harsh. You’re ignoring his recent subtler roles such as Sweeney Todd and John Dillinger in Public Enemies.
    Jack Sparrow is *supposed* to be everything Johnny portrays him as- a sea legged, hand waving, rum soaked pirate. He loves the character too much to let him go- and I feel we should cut him slack for wanting to return to a character that he himself has created and turned into such an icon.
    I do understand, as a fellow JD fan, where you’re coming from. Which is why I think you should know he’ll be starring in a more normal role in “The Rum Diary” come this fall; he’s interested in “The Ginger Man”, and “The Thin Mah”, all of which should be not too over the top.
    He tried with a subtle, normal role earlier this year- unfortunately, Angelina and he have no chemistry together, and the role of a maths teacher figuring out whether he is a maths teacher or not was way too normal for him =P

  2. “What was the last great movie Johnny Depp starred in?”
    Are you kidding?…Rango (2011) AMAZING movie!

  3. Sorry, darling but it is YOU. If you don’t like his character Jack Sparrow then do not watch the Pirate movies. Simple as that. And if you think…as this articles suggest that this is all he does now…then you are just an idiot. He has done many films between his success with Pirates such as Finding Neverland, The Libertine, Sweeney Todd, Public Enemies, Rango and this year The Rum Diaries.

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