Johnny Depp is known to be a very talented actor who can do a lot of different things. He can make different kinds of movies and play different kinds of characters well, like Willy Wonka or Jack Sparrow. After 35 years in the business, he has been in a long list of movies. Some of them have small details that maybe not a lot of people noticed but are worth looking into to learn more about the characters.
Ceylome wanted to remember Johnny Depp’s career, so we put together a list of interesting facts that many of his fans may not have known.
- Johnny Depp made up a song on the spot, which surprised everyone.
When Captain Jack Sparrow calls Davy Jones “fish face” in Pirates of the Caribbean: Death Man’s Chest, he sings a short song that goes “I got a jar of dirt.” Johnny Depp made up this song on the spot, which is why most of the other actors, like Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley, are genuinely surprised by it.
- He has had the same person dress him for more than 30 years.
Johnny Depp has been dressed by Colleen Atwood, who is a costume designer, for more than 30 years. You can see that she did a great job in movies like Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and Sleepy Hollow.
- He took one of the horses from a movie home.
When Johnny Depp heard that Goldeneye, the one-eyed horse who played Gunpowder, Ichabod Crane’s horse in Sleepy Hollow, was going to be put down, he decided to take him in.
- Contact lenses like sunglasses
During the filming of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Johnny Depp didn’t want to have to constantly squint because of the bright sunlight in some places, so he decided to wear contact lenses, which worked as sunglasses.
- The hats worn by Jack Sparrow were made of rubber.
During the making of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Johnny Depp lost up to ten hats made for his character when they fell off the ship. Since this kept happening, the costume designer decided to make new hats out of rubber instead of leather so they would float on the water and be easier to find.
- He thought of the name Captain Barbossa.
In Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Captain Barbossa’s first name, Hector, is used for the first time, even though the writers didn’t plan for him to be called that. But in the annotated version of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Johnny Depp joked that Barbossa’s first name was Hector. This was taken as fact by viewers, so the writers had no choice but to add it to the rest of the movies.
- He agreed to be in the movie Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald before he read the script.
Johnny Depp said that he is a big fan of the Potterworld, so when he was asked to be in this movie, he agreed without even reading the script.
- The challenge of speaking a different language
A linguist at Comanche Nation College, Todd McDaniels, liked how Johnny Depp tried to speak Comanche in The Lone Ranger, where he plays Toro, the main character. Only 23 to 30 people speak the language as their first language. McDaniels said that Depp knew how to say the right words, but that his pronunciation was “shaky but adequate.”
- He wanted to give one of his characters more of a role.
Before they started filming Alice in Wonderland, director Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, who would play the Mad Hatter, wanted to meet to talk about how to give this character more depth and presence than in previous versions of the story. They even shared sketches and ideas for topics that could be used to reach this goal.
- Important information about John Dillinger
Johnny Depp, who played John Dillinger in the movie Public Enemies, says he has a special connection to the character. He thought Dillinger was a simple, charming, and determined man. This is because there are some similarities in their personal lives. Depp’s stepfather, for example, was in the same prison that Dillinger helped his men get out of. Dillinger lived in southern Indiana in real life, which is about 70 miles from where the actor was born and raised.
- It’s about teeth.
In the movie Mortdecai, Paul Bettany plays Jock Strapp, the assistant and bodyguard of an art dealer. Soon after the movie came out, he was asked to do an interview. There, he said that Depp’s teeth in the movie are a tribute to the British actor Terry-Thomas, who had a big space between his two front teeth that made his smile look very strange.
- Moving moles
In the 2016 action comedy Yoga Hosers, Johnny Depp plays Guy Lapointe, who has some moles on his face that move around from scene to scene.