“I don't pretend to be captain weird. I just do what I do.”
Johnny Depp is one of the best American actors, and whether you like him or not, you have to admit his performances are always out-of-this world. Sometimes this is a good thing, sometimes it’s a mess. Depp’s latest film Mortdecai appears to possess the whimsical nature Depp often presents and a jovial quality that makes it look like a laugh-riot.
Aksarben Cinema will begin screening Mortdecai which also stars top-notch talent including Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, and Paul Bettany. In honor of Mortdecai’s release we give you the best performances by Johnny Depp.
Edward Scissorhands, Edward Scissorhands
The friendship and partnership between Tim Burton and Johnny Depp began in 1990 with this brilliantly original film. Depp plays the tragic Edward Scissorhands who is struggling to understand the life being lived outside of his grim home where he is kept by an aging inventor, played by the iconic Vincent Price. Depp brought to the role a beautiful gentleness and an innocence that only a young man could possess. He had been in other films and TV series, but Edward Scissorhands marked the introduction of a star.
J. M. Barrie, Finding Neverland
There were plenty of films in between Edward Scissorhands and Finding Neverland that Johnny Depp was excellent in, including Ed Wood, Donnie Brasco, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. That being said, Finding Neverland gave audiences a dialed back performance from Depp that was every bit as enchanting as Marc Forster’s film. Depp plays J.M. Barrie, the writer of Peter Pan and the film is about his unlikely friendship with a family that inspired him to write the modern classic.
Captain Jack Sparrow, Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
This was the film that made him a megastar. Burton’s movies have always been moderate successes at the box office and his performances in dramas were critically respected, but it wasn’t until he created Captain Jack that Depp became a big star. Pirates of the Caribbean and Depp’s performance brought about a pop culture phenomenon that was totally unexpected. Considering this was Disney’s first PG-13 film release POTC was under heavy scrutiny by the studio and Depp was an unlikely star. Obviously the rest is history and Depp gave Disney a totally iconic character that enticed young and old to go to the movies.