I used to have a huge crush on Johnny Depp as a teenager. I feel like it was mandatory, like most of the girls would just find him so irresistible. Some thought that Brad Pitt or Leonardo di Caprio were the best, but in my case Johnny was the king. The days of crushing on celebrities are over (or almost over as I’m still a teenager in heart), but I still enjoy watching movies with Johnny and I’m still amazed by his talent. He is a rather interesting person that had a very unusual life, so I wanted to share with you 5 interesting facts Johnny Depp edition, that you probably didn’t know about.
He started out as a musician. His mother gifted him a guitar when he was 12, and his love for music was so strong that he dropped out of high school to pursue his music career. He also knows how to play the drums and has performed with names like Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson. Even his singing skills are very good, as he demonstrated in Sweeney Todd movie.
It was Nicholas Cage that advised him to give acting a try. It was Johnny’s wife at the time, Lori, that introduced him to Cage. We can thank him for suggesting Depp to go towards acting and try auditioning. Soon he got some roles that launched him into stardom. He became a teen idol, which might be hard to imagine with his nowadays image of an eclectic artist.
He was almost fired as Jack Sparrow. When you say Pirates of the Caribbean we all think of Johnny, but while they were shooting the first film he was almost fired! It turns out that Disney executives were not sure about his portrayal of the fictional pirate. I bet they’re lucky that they didn’t pull the plug as the franchise is one of Disney’s biggest money makers and mostly due to Depp’s character. The actor used Keith Richards as his main inspiration for the role, and him and the rock star are actually very close friends.
He has his own production company called Infinitum Nihil. He is the CEO, actor and producer, while his sister, Christi Dembrowski, serves as president. The company’s work include titles like The Rum Diary , Hugo directed by Martin Scorsese and Dark Shadows, directed by Tim Burton.
His dating life was interesting too. Depp previously had two marriages, one with Lori Anne Allison, and the other one with Vanessa Paradis. He is now married to Amber Heard whom he met at the set of The Rum Diary. Depp was also engaged to actress Winona Ryder, and tattooed Winona Forever on his right arm. That tattoo now says Wino Forever (ouch!). The actor was also in a relationship with British supermodel Kate Moss and they were probably the prettiest couple that ever existed. He didn’t bring any bad tattoos out of this relationship.
There you have it, folks. Some of the interesting bits and pieces about one of my favourite actors. If you have anything else to add to our list, please share in the comments. Also, I would like to hear what is your favourite movie with Johnny?