“People say I make strange choices, but they’re not strange for me. My sickness is that I’m fascinated by human behavior, by what’s underneath the surface, by the worlds inside people.” – Johnny Depp.
Few actors are as celebrated and decorated as Johnny Depp, and for good reason! Johnny’s tremendous talent and dedication to acting has made him a worldwide icon.
Nowadays though, Depp has become a relatively polarizing figure, as allegations and rumors swirl around the once universally-beloved actor. How much is true? It’s hard to say. Still though, there’s no doubting the man is a fascinating individual.
Here are some of our favorite facts about Johnny Depp.
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32. Golden grillz.
Johnny Depp’s character Captain Jack Sparrow is portrayed as having gold teeth in the Pirates movies. The gold teeth were actually Depp’s idea, but he predicted that executives would want fewer gold teeth, and told his dentist to implant more gold teeth as a bargaining tool.
As such, Sparrow’s final number of gold teeth in the movie was what Depp had envisioned all along.
31. Talent birthed in pain.
His parents divorced when he was young and he had family problems. As a way to deal with the pain, he began to cut himself, which resulted in self-inflicted scars that he still has today. In a 1993 interview, he reflected on this by saying, “My body is a journal in a way. It’s like what sailors used to do, where every tattoo meant something, a specific time in your life when you make a mark on yourself, whether you do it yourself with a knife or with a professional tattoo artist.”
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30. Rock and roll… right out of the education system.
He dropped out of school at age 15 in the hopes of becoming a rock musician. But just two weeks after dropping out, he went back to school but shockingly enough, the principal would not accept him back in. He advised Depp to pursue his musical career dream.
29. A little switcheroo.
We have Nicolas Cage to thank for his acting career! He got into acting after a visit to Los Angeles, California, with his former wife, Lori who introduced him to the actor. Nicolas advised him to pursue acting instead of music.
Maybe they bonded over their mutual love for showing up in the occasional horrible movie?
28. A few rings later…
He got married for the first time in 1983 to Lori Anne Allison, the sister of his band’s bass player and singer. She was a makeup artist. Depp and Lori were divorced two years later, but he didn’t stay single for long. He got engaged to Jennifer Grey, which later fell through. He then got engaged to actress Sherilyn Fenn. Wow, that’s a lot of engagement rings!
27. Yummy peanut butter.
During the TV series 21 Jump Street, Johnny Depp became increasingly frustrated with the series, so he began to put forth ridiculous suggestions for his character to the producers.
One such a suggestion included the discovery by the other characters that Tom Hanson was obsessed with peanut butter, and would be discovered by the other characters smearing it all over his naked body.
26. Committed to change.
Depp has a long-standing working relationship with director Tim Burton, and it all began when Depp starred in Edward Scissorhands. Depp later said, “within 10 minutes of hearing about the project, I was committed.” After the success of Edward Scissorhands, Johnny made a decision to never repeat the same characters but to always challenge himself with new and different roles to play. Although, one could argue that’s led to some.. less than glamorous decisions.
25. Kind to those in need.
He co-owned a nightclub in LA called The Viper Room, which opened in 1993. It was outside this club that River Phoenix collapsed and died of drug-induced heart failure on the sidewalk. While he owned The Viper Room, Depp would randomly give out $50 and $100 bills to homeless people outside the club.
In 1994, he began dating British supermodel Kate Moss, and they were together for four years. Suspected of being drunk and fighting with Moss, Depp was arrested in 1994 on suspicion of criminal mischief after trashing his $1,200-a-night room at New York City’s Mark Hotel.
Depp insists it wasn’t him. According to Johnny, an armadillo popped out of the hotel closet. The wild animal freaked out, causing a rampage that destroyed the hotel room, before leaping out the window.
23. A meeting of hearts.
Depp began a relationship with Vanessa Paradis in 1998, a French actress and singer whom he met while filming The Ninth Gate. “[She] walked towards me, directly at me, and just said ‘Hi.’ And then I just knew, you know, it’s over with,” he told Oprah. Meeting Paradis, he says, “changed [my life] completely.” They have two children together, daughter Lily-Rose Melody Depp (born 1999) and son John “Jack” Christopher Depp III (born 2002).
22. Shout out to America.
He got in trouble in 2003 after saying “America is dumb, is something like a dumb puppy that has big teeth that can bite and hurt you, aggressive.” to Germany’s Stern magazine. He later said they had taken his comments out of context.
21. Yarr, matey!
In 2003, he starred as the flamboyant pirate Jack Sparrow in 2003’s Pirates of the Caribbean. He admitted in an interview that his inspiration for this role was Keith Richards. The movie become a huge summer hit and has since, been turned into a movie franchise. He earned his first Oscar nod with this role.
20. Thank you, Ormand Street Hospital.
In 2007, Depp’s daughter recovered from a serious illness, an E. coli infection that began to cause her kidneys to shut down, which resulted in an extended hospital stay. To thank Great Ormond Street Hospital, Depp visited the hospital in November 2007, dressed in his Captain Jack Sparrow outfit, and spent four hours reading stories to the children. In 2008, he donate $2 million the hospital.
19. Kindness to those in pain.
Following the death of Heath Ledger in 2008, Depp was one of three actors–along with Jude Law and Colin Farrell–that stepped in to play variations of Ledger’s character, Troy, in Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus (2009), in order to finish the film. The actors donated their salaries from the fantasy film to Matilda, Ledger’s daughter.
18. Looking to settle things down.
During an interview with BBC in 2013, he said he hopes to be involved with “quieter things” at some point in the near future, implying that he will retire from acting. Depp explained during the interview: “I wouldn’t say I’m dropping out any second, but I would say it’s probably not too far away. When you add up the amount of dialogue that you say per year and you realise that you’ve said written words more than you’ve had a chance to say your own words, you start thinking about that as an insane option for a human being.”
17. A few decent films!
Depp and Tim Burton have worked together seven times in the films Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, Sweeney Todd, Alice In Wonderland and Dark Shadows. Makes sense that Depp’s net worth is $350 million.
16. Hey Oscars, give one to him already.
Despite several critically acclaimed roles, the actor has never won an Oscar. He has been nominated for the Best Actor Oscar three times, for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Finding Neverland (2004), and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003).
15. Thank you, Tim.
Depp wrote the foreword to Mark Salisbury’s biography of Tim Burton, “Burton on Burton.” He credits Burton’s belief in him for rescuing him from being “a loser, an outcast, just another piece of expendable Hollywood meat.”
14. The coolest drinking club of all time.
In 2015, Johnny Depp, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and Alice Cooper formed the band Hollywood Vampires. The name of the band was derived from The Hollywood Vampires, a celebrity drinking club that was formed in the 1970s by Alice Cooper and included members such as Ringo Starr of The Beatles and Keith Moon of The Who.
13. Moving toward production.
In 2004, Depp formed his own production company called Infinitum Nihil meaning “Nothing is forever,” where he serves as CEO, actor and producer, while his sister, Christi Dembrowski, serves as president. The company’s works include The Rum Diary (2011), Hugo (2011) directed by Martin Scorsese and Dark Shadows (2012), directed by Tim Burton.
12. A brush with death.
In an interview, Johnny Depp thanked his stunt horse, Scout, for saving his life after a violent fall during filming of The Lone Ranger: After Scout dragged Depp 25 feet, Scout jumped over him to avoid stepping on him. A clip of the fall shows the horse clearly jumping over Depp, and detaching him from the saddle.
Depp suffered only minor bruises and scrapes, but says it could have been a lot worse if the horse had stepped on him.
11. Thanks for the hat!
Depp is known to be a man of his promises. In one incident, Depp met a 12-year old boy named Jack Taylor in Wisconsin during filming. The actor promised him his hat, which the boy said he liked, and told him he would get it in the mail after filming finished. And he did! And not just the hat, Depp also sent him various Charlie and the Chocolate Factory paraphernalia along with a signed note that read “Here is a hat for you. Hope you like this and assorted fun bits.”
10. Well said, Sir.
Depp popped up on HBO’s “Life’s Too Short” as an unhinged version of himself to get back at Ricky Gervais for comments Gervais made while hosting the Golden Globes. “What is nastier than Ricky Gervais’ jokes?” Depp asked. “His teeth.”
9. Strangely, I can see how this makes sense.
Johnny Depp once stated in an interview that he based hisperformance as Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on how he imagined former U.S. President George W. Bush would act while stoned.
8. Ancient Depp influence.
He’s got a fossil named after him. A British scientist David Legg found a 505 million-year-old fossil that reminded him of Edward Scissorhands (that’ll be down to its large, scissor-like claws). Being a fan of Depp, he decided to name the fossil Kooteninchela deppi, naturally.
7. Good call, bro. No one messes with Jack Sparrow.
Depp was once almost mugged in 2010, but the mugger recognised him and, as the tale goes, said, “I ain’t stealing from Captain Jack” and backed off. Depp gave him some money anyway, ‘cos he’s a thoroughly nice man.
6. Plays with Barbie dolls. Barbie dolls are now cooler.
Depp likes Barbie dolls. Let him explain: “I do like playing with Barbies. It’s a great thing to do with your kids,” he’s quoted as saying. “Once, I was exploring different characters with the Barbies and my daughter didn’t like it. At one point she said, ‘Dad, please just stop, don’t do that, just do your regular voice.’ ”
5. Likes wine?
While filming the movie Edward Scissorhands (1990), Depp began a relationship with co-star Winona Ryder, for whom he tattooed “Winona Forever” on his right arm. After they broke up, he had the n and a surgically removed to simply say “Wino forever!”
4. One boss to another.
Johnny Depp tried multiple times to speak to organized crime boss James ‘Whitey’ Bulger while preparing to portray Bulger in Black Mass, but Bulger declined every time.
3. Going out with a bang.
He was good friends with Hunter S. Thompson until his death. Depp helped to fulfill Thompson’s last wish after the writer died: Thompson wanted his remains to be shot out of a 150 foot long cannon. Depp funded the ceremony and cannon firing, while celebrities such as Jack Nicholson and Sean Penn attended.
2. A darker side.
Depp’s most recent relationship was with actress Amber Heard, who he proposed to on Christmas Eve 2013. The couple met on the set of The Rum Diary (2012). Amber Heard filed for divorce from Johnny Depp on 25th May, 2016. The following day, Heard was granted a domestic violence restraining order against Depp in relation to a physical altercation between the couple, which resulted in Heard filing for divorce in the first place. Heard was granted $7 million as part of the former couple’s divorce, all of which she donated to charity.
1. Way to step up, Johnny.
Depp has twice recorded with British band Oasis. Most notably, he plays lead slide guitar on the track “Fade In-Out” from the 1997 album Be Here Now. Noel Gallagher, Oasis’s lead guitarist, was allegedly too drunk to perform it himself, so celebrity pal Depp stepped in and nailed the lead on one take.
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