During the last months the public image of Johnny Depp was marked by the media trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard, in which he sued him for defamation. It is what has prevented him, since he did not receive awards at a couple of European festivals, dedicating himself regularly to the cinema, but Depp points out that he wants to put aside the controversies with Jeanne-du-Barry. Film that will open the imminent cannes film festival this May 16… and which is already preceded by the aggression of its director, Maiwennto a journalist. Things that happen.
On the occasion of his landing in the Croisettewe compile the most iconic roles of who we will soon see play the French king Louis XV.
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
After appearing in productions such as platoon and Nightmare in Elm streetand the same year that John Waters offered him another memorable role in crybabyDepp began his prolific relationship with Tim Burton. Filmmaker and actor shone at the same time, in a beautiful fable about difference where Depp was replicated by a charming Winona Ryder. Both would return to work with Burton in the future.
Ed Wood (1994)
Of course, what is considered Burton’s best film released in the 90s (and perhaps the best of his career) starred Depp. In this case, it was about paying homage, ironically, to what is considered the worst director in history: Ed Woodsigner of Plan 9 from outer space. The less obvious love letter to the cinema, and Depp’s consecration as a character actor capable of modulating any film with his presence.
William Blake in ‘Dead Man’ (1995)
Depp remained close to independent cinema throughout this decade, landing another memorable role in dead man. In this case he had to play an accountant in an anthological mess, which led him to the West and the unlikely transformation into a dangerous gunslinger. Jim Jarmusch left the western unrecognizable with his complicity.
Donnie Brasco (1997)
was aiming to be a thriller old-fashioned gangster, but it turned out to be a tragic story of friendship. Al Pacino he has never been more endearing as the mobster with whom Brasco, an undercover FBI agent, became an inseparable friend. Pacino was already a legend then, and Depp had just become another.
Jack Sparrow in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ (2003-2017)
But the consecration in front of the great public, perhaps, did not come until Pirates of the Caribbean. There is no doubt that its charismatic captain Jack Sparrow is Depp’s most celebrated creation, earning him an Oscar nomination and paving the way for four new installments: Dead Man’s Chest, At World’s End, At Stranger Tides and Salazar’s Revenge. Each one worse than the last, so it’s also no problem that Depp doesn’t seem to want to resume the role anytime soon.
JM Barrie in ‘Finding Neverland’
For playing the author of Peter Pan, Depp earned his second Oscar nomination. Become a respectable actor, capable of leading biopics (Ed Wood he was too, but too weird), Depp suddenly had a choice to play characters who weren’t necessarily eccentric, although he was still concerned about connecting with the public. His luminous portrait of JM Barrie so he did.
Willy Wonka in ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ (2005)
And back to work with Burton. Willy Wonkafounder of the famous chocolate factory in Roald Dahlhad previously been played in the cinema by Gene Wilder. An intimidating precedent, but Depp handled the ballot with skill and now he is the intimidating precedent in turn Timothée Chalametwho would play the character as a young man in the next wonkaIts premiere is scheduled for this year.
The Mad Hatter (2010-2016)
Depp had earned his third Oscar nomination with Sweeney Todd: The Devil Barber of Fleet Street. He was also directing Burton, so the actor did not hesitate to work again with his fetish director in a hyperdigitized adaptation of lewis carroll. Alice in Wonderland had sequel, Alice through the mirror. Neither is a panacea, but you can tell Depp really enjoys being the Hatter.
Fool in ‘The Lone Ranger’ (2013)
The secret ingredient of the forcefulness of the trilogy of Pirates of the Caribbean rested on its director, gore verbinski. Possibly Depp was aware, as he unhesitatingly followed another Disney blockbuster that crashed at the box office and faced some harsh criticism. This western revisionist, based on an ancient serial and with a virtuous direction, it has not stopped adding defenders in recent years.
Grindelwald in ‘Fantastic Beasts’ (2016-2018)
Yes, this is complicated. Depp debuted as Gellert Grindelwald in fantastic beasts and where to find them. He was the villain in the shadows, and could have been the main villain in a sequel titled precisely Grindelwald’s crimes. It was then that his image began to be greatly criticized, so for Dumbledore’s secrets was replaced by Mads Mikkelsen.
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