Not many of my acting favourites receive increased critical acclaim in proportion with the time that has passed since I started following them, but for Johnny Depp new heights of popularity are reached as we speak. Since I first saw him in Edward Scissorhands some twelve years ago, Depp has gone from handsome young actor, to alternative leading man and ultimately, leading box office star. The latter, some will say, unfortunately so.
Johnny Depp is neither naturally talkative nor brawly and thus hasn't had the simple route to superstardom. Additionally, his looks aren't the typical, all-American you'll find in Brad Pitt, to which he has frequently been compared. They share, however, little other than age and period of breakthrough. The mentioned Scissorhands, along with Cry-Baby were Depp's first significant leading roles and gave him a position as, if nothing else, the new heartthrob around. But already with his next batch of films, Depp started to show his knack for choosing dark, often unconventional roles in alternative and/or independent productions. These were roles that not only suited him professionally, but also helped build a somewhat enigmatic and exotic image. And critics hailed his work in films such as What's Eating Gilbert Grape?, Ed Wood and Dead Man.
Depp had rarely taken roles that flattered his looks, but with Don Juan DeMarco, anything else would have been impossible. It was a film that underlined his seductive skills - on audiences as well as co-characters, and Depp's versatility it was about to become apparent.
As the millenium closed in, Depp looked more and more as a superstar. With cameleon-like appearances, his screenpresence included everything to boyishly handsome to sleezy basket cases. Acclaimed work in Donnie Brasco (1997) and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) was followed up by a handful of thriller/horror-films (The Ninth Gate, The Astronaut's Wife, Sleepy Hollow) and then a few smaller international productions (Before Night Falls, Chocolat). After successes with Blow and From Hell in 2001, Depp took a two year hiatus before returning with a fantastic performance in the rather uneven adventure Pirates of the Caribbean. The film earned Depp a first Oscar-nomination and confirmed his position as one of the business most sought-after performers.
"Johnny Depp var et strålende valg for Edwards rolle. Hans sårbare, innestengte blikk og hans barnslige overleppe skaper en perfekt Edward." - Fredrik Fevang
What's Eating Gilbert Grape?
"Outsider-spesialisten Johnny Depp benytter flittig sitt dype blikk og forståelsesfulle person til å tolke Gilbert" - Fredrik Fevang
"Han spiller med eksepsjonell utstråling og innlevelse." - Fredrik Fevang
Don Juan DeMarco
"Depp er strålende plassert i en rolle som har likhetstrekk til en rekke av rollene han har gjort tidligere. Han viser frem deler av sjelen til Alex i Arizona Dream og mystikken til Ed i Ed Wood. På visse stadier er det Depp alene som holder denne filmen oppe." - Fredrik Fevang
Nick of Time
"Depp behøver nesten ikke spille, bare han bidrar med sin tilstedeværelse." - Fredrik Fevang
The Ninth Gate
"Johnny Depp predicts the problems and has some fun with his role." - Fredrik Fevang
The Astronaut's Wife
"Depp er sjarmerende gåtefull innledningsvis, men blir sjanseløs mot sin håpløst dårlige rollefigur." - Fredrik Fevang
"Hans vakre ansiktstrekk kan like gjerne fremstå silkemykt sensuelle som mystisk skremmende. I Sleepy Hollow kombinerer han begge disse med en dose lystig humor." - Fredrik Fevang
" Depp spiller sin inspektør Abberline med en søt, liten dose ironi, og følger således opp sin rolle som Ichabod Crane i Sleepy Hollow. Men tolkningen er ikke mindre seriøs av denne grunn, og Depps delikate mystikk er nok en gang en klar styrke for en film han leder." - Fredrik Fevang
Pirates of the Caribbean
"Johnny Depps sirlig stiliserte og ekstravagant overspilte Jack Sparrow er beholdningen for Pirates of the Caribbean" - Fredrik Fevang
"Depp works this role so well that we're instantly drawn to his character and spinned into his world." - Fredrik Fevang
"Johnny Depp stars as J. M. Barrie and gives a sincere and moving, but somewhat uncomplex performance." - Fredrik Fevang
Ed Wood (1994)
Edward D. Wood, Jr.: I met Bela Lugosi.
Pirates of the Caribbean (2003)
Jack Sparrow: [to Weatherby Swann] I think we've all arrived at a very special place. Spiritually, ecumenically, grammatically.
Will Turner: Where's Elizabeth?