There are very few things that most movie fans can agree on, but one thing you can usually count on in this world is that everyone likes Johnny Depp. Last week, the actor turned 47, and considering he doesn't strike me as the type to live a monastic lifestyle, you have to admit he's looking good for his age. Born John Christopher "Johnny" Depp II, he landed his first major role in Wes Craven's Nightmare on Elm Street as one of the 'Elm St. brats' who meets a bad end. But, it wasn't until he landed the role of the baby-faced cop on the Fox teen hit, 21 Jump Street, that Depp became a bona fide star and teen idol. But unlike most teen sensations, Depp found a way out of the Tiger Beat ghetto and landed roles that challenged him and gave him the chance to work with big name directors like Terry Gilliam, John Waters, and Michael Mann, just to name a few.
Over the years he has been the heart-throb for two different generations of women (and men), and developed into a top notch actor. But as long as Mr. Depp has been in the public eye, there has been one word that has always fit him to a tee: cool. So I decided to do a a little market research (OK, I mainly bothered friends and family) and it led me to wonder: is there anyone who doesn't love Johnny Depp?
After the jump: five of my favorite moments of 'Depp-cool'...
While yes, I am a professional when it comes to discussing a film's merits, that doesn't mean I'm not a red-blooded girl. So when it comes to boy-candy, Enemies really does have it all. In Michael Mann's crime tale, Depp was the perfect fit for Dillinger -- he was just a guy that everybody liked, and judging from this scene I totally get it.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl
The only, and I mean only redeeming thing about the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise for me is Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow (by way of Keith Richards). Elizabeth (Keira Knightley) and Will (Orlando Bloom) could have been tossed into Davy Jones' Locker in the first 15 minutes of the film and I couldn't have cared less, I was just waiting for Capt. Jack to come back into the story.
I was never one to go with the crowd, and while most fans of Alan Moore and artist Eddie Campbell's graphic novel were less than thrilled with The Hughes' Brothers take on the The Ripper, I just enjoyed watching Johnny downing absinthe and providing a passable cockney accent.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
It was probably due to Depp's personal relationship with the legendary Hunter S. Thompson that made his performance in Terry Gilliam's adaptation so pitch perfect. But in a movie full of insanity, Depp somehow managed to make Raoul into something a little more than just a cartoon -- Hell, he even maintained his cool while wearing a Hawaiian shirt, and that's got to count for something.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
If you mashed together the sensibilities of Stephen Sondheim with a touch of Johnny Rotten you would get Depp's take on the murderous barber of Fleet Street. Depp had never sang on film before, but has long been a part-time musician, and while I don't see him winning a Grammy anytime soon, his punk-psychopath with a romantic streak remains as one of my favorite performances.
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