Dear Johnny Depp,

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You and I have been together for a long time. I’ve munched popcorn in the dark at the cinema watching you since 1984. There you were in A Nightmare on Elm Street, and I appreciated your baby face in 1986, in a bit part as the interpreter in Platoon.

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One of your best years was in 1993. Your sensitive portrayal in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? and your Buster Keaton impersonation captivated me in Benny and Joon. 

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What could be more bizarre than starring in a Terry Gilliam film in 1998 along Benicio Del Toro with an unusual supporting cast including Tobey Maguire, Christina Ricci, Gary Busey and Cameron Diaz? Surely that’s a weird enough nightmare for you, Johnny?

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You were cool and sexy and dangerous in Chocolat (2000) and Blow (2001) and From Hell (2001).

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And while you were boring in Public Enemies (2009) and The Tourist(2010), I blamed it on the script and gave you the benefit of the doubt,

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because you were funny in Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) and charming in Finding Neverland (2004).

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Stephen Sondheim is the best. In high school, I memorized all the lyrics to Sweeney Todd when it was out on Broadway (1979) and starred Angela Lansbury. I was thrilled with your baritone voice and your harmonizing with Alan Rickman in the 2007 version. I’m very excited to hear that you will be starring with Meryl Streep in Sondheim’s Into the Woods in 2014. I’m sure it will be a gas. BUT….

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If I see you in one more Tim Burton film, I will disavow our relationship! Please, no more Helena Bonham Carter! I don’t care if you are the godparent to Tim and Helena’s son Billy Ray.  In fact, please stop wearing make-up in general. Must there be a fifth Pirates of the Caribbean? It’s getting old.

Sincerely,

Your Favorite Fan

 

17 thoughts on “Dear Johnny Depp,

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  1. I think he’s a brilliant actor. He would have made a first-class silent film star as he proved in “Bennie and Joon” and “Edward Scissorhands.” I was delighted to hear him sing in “Sweeny Todd,” although the nature of that classic grosses me out. In fact, the only thing I liked about that film was the soundtrack! Johnny certainly has a gift for quirky roles. As much as I like him and his quirkiness, I hope he’s done with “Pirates” and will use sound judgment and good taste in picking future roles.

    1. We agree entirely! He is so talented and has Hollywood in his hands. That’s why I wish he’d try something different. Something unusual that doesn’t require makeup. 🙂

      1. I’d like to see him play John Gilbert, the Great Lover of the Silver Screen (1898-1936). A friend of mine wrote a screenplay, and he thinks Orlando Bloom should play the part. I like Orlando, but I think Johnny is perfect for the part. If he studied Gilbert’s films, Johnny would “become” John Gilbert. If only I had a direct line to Johnny Depp! Maybe I could “friend” him on Facebook lol.

  2. Hi, Cindy:

    Mr. Depp has always been a very talented actor. Who became a brand name, much to his detriment with Disney’s ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise. I’m sure that are other exceptional and memorable roles for him to tackle in the future. Hopefully without Tim Burton and Helena Bonham
    Carter.

    Would really like to see Mr. Depp playing an evil industrialist or bad guy opposite Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark and Iron Man. The battles of upstaging and egos would easily be equal to the final showdown at the film’s end!

    1. What an excellent idea! What is it about him? He plays quirkiness better than anyone. But a future role that was more realistic because the man can act. Something more meaty. How strange that his quirky side has become boring to me. Thanks for your comments–always welcome!

  3. Awesome Cindy!! I like Depp ever since 21 Jump Street (my, those cheekbones!) and boy, he hasn’t aged much since. I don’t know what fountain of youth he drank from, but he still looks amazing! I hear ya about being tired of seeing him under makeup, it’s odd that he likes to hide his face so much. That said, I’m actually looking forward to The Lone Ranger and I love watching his quirky self in those trailers, especially that goofy grin. But no, I hated the Pirates movies, I only saw two of them and they really should’ve stopped long ago!

    1. I love Johnny; he’s so talented. He could do anything–he’s in such a powerful place. Why not do something intellectually stimulating and diverse rather than commercial crap that brings the art form down. There you go. I want art. Not more commericalism. Well, I don’t rule the world or his pocket book, so there you go. Love when you pop by and comment!

  4. He is one of my favorite actors and I have to admit that I’m a sucker for the pirate movies. I know, you are disappointed in me.

      1. I should mention Pirates was my favorite Disneyland ride and when I heard they made a movie it brought back many fond childhood memories. The last two, though, were too confusing. However, I keep hoping the next one will rival the first one.

  5. Cindy those private islands are not cheap, so it looks like more Pirates films. I honestly can’t tell one from another and have only caught them sporadically when they are on a tv somewhere.

    There is a better chance of the Tea Party saying they were wrong about Obamacare than there is of Burton and Depp not making more films together.

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