Johnny Depp/ The Most Original Actor of Our Generation

Essay by Luke Foster

“People say I make strange choices, but they’re not strange for me. My sickness is that I’m fascinated by human behaviour, by what’s underneath the surface, by the worlds inside people.” Johnny Depp

Ever since Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands came out in 1990 Johnny Depp has been my favourite actor. Other stand out movies include What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Benny and Joon, Pirates of the Caribbean, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Deadman, and Ed Wood.

Not only is he one of the most attractive men on the planet he also has immense talent as an actor. His best movies are when he teams up with the director Tim Burton.

“With any part you play, there is a certain amount of yourself in it. There must be, otherwise it’s just not acting. It’s lying.” Johnny Depp

The only commercial movie roles he has chosen are the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Normally he chooses off beat or arthouse movies like Ed Wood about the worst film director of all time.

“Nobody will ever notice that. Filmmaking is not about the tiny details. It’s about the big picture.” Ed Wood

My second favourite movie with Depp after Edward Scissor Hands is What’s Eating Gilbert Grape and it includes an amazing role with Leonardo De Caprio as an autistic teenager.

“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.” Johnny Depp

I guess Depp is so interesting as he is so offbeat but also accessible as well.

“There’re is healing properties to being in proximity to the ocean and that breeze. There’s something about that Caribbean climate and humidity.” Johnny Depp

Depp in Dead Man directed by Jim Jarmusch