Hollywood’s eccentric superstar Johnny Depp does what he does when he is not the swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow and conniving Gellert Grindelwald on the big screen, he is singing with the Supergroup Hollywood Vampires covering David Bowie’s Heroes. Johnny Depp turns 56 and there is no saying he is more real than ever. Johnny Depp’s been able to stay in demand despite onscreen choices that have been as weird as his life offscreen, a fact that’s only grown with the massive international success of the new Harry Potter movie, Crimes of Grindelwald. One time he was almost mugged but the mugger recognized him and backed out by saying he won’t be stealing from Captain Jack Sparrow.
He remains the unconventional Hollywood icon of our times. Here are 9 of his iconic roles that left a mark of eccentricity on the world of cinema-
Edward Scissorhands, Edward Scissorhands
His best performance had to be when he collaborated with his longtime friend and colleague Tim Burton. This is by far the best that either of them have done which can be clearly seen. Apparently Depp is Burton’s muse which helps with the vivid imagination like paying homage top Frankenstein myth or deliver a dark fairy tale for ages or just write a love story for Depp and Winona Ryder. This role of Depp taps everything that he does naturally as a performer and a person as well.
Donnie Brasco, Donnie Brasco
This role is regarded as his second best performance in his acting career to date. The best part about this role is the way he plays both sides of Brasco’s coin so well, one being the dutiful undercover cop who sacrifices his family and the other being the ‘Wise Guy’ who need to make inroads with a criminal organization if he hopes to succeed. Depp tries and dabbles in a genre where he could be conventional in the movie and puts just enough pressure on the dialogue or scene to instantly elevate it.
Raoul Duke, Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas
A true performer knows how difficult it is to successfully play and give justice to a character in a drug induced haze. The movie is definitely a mess but Depp’s performance is both pretentious and restrained. This is a terrific high wire walk by a performer enamored with his material.
Willy Wonka, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Johnny Depp’s commitment to the role of eccentric chocolatier is weird enough and weird enough that he almost singlehandedly argues for the reboot’s existence. He has proper contempt for the brats on his tour. I like this Chocolate Factory, and I love what Depp does with Wonka.
Tom Hanson, 21 Jump Street
This role established Depp as a heartthrob, a household name and a dependable actor who could explore movie roles eventually. He notoriously reprised his role in the recent 21 jump street comedy reboot which proved that even Depp knew how important the authorization was to his eventual career.
Paul Kemp, The Rum Diary
Paul Kemp is an author who hasn’t been able to sell a book. He gets a job at a newspaper in San Juan, Puerto Rico. There, he meets Sala, who gets him acclimatized and tells him he thinks the newspaper will fold soon. Kemp checks into a hotel and while idling about on a boat in the sea, meets Chenault, who is skinny-dipping while avoiding a Union Carbide party. Kemp is immediately smitten with her. And his life changes…
Frank Tupelo/ Alexander Pearce, The Tourist
An American math professor on a solo trip to Venice. Frank Tupelo is in Italy trying to mend a broken heart. Enter Elise Clifton-Ward, the type of woman who can do just that. Frank is immediately attracted to the inscrutable beauty and she, astonishingly enough, seems to reciprocate. They embark on a whirlwind romance and Frank becomes even more infatuated with Elise. Little does he know just how much danger and baggage she comes with. Little did we know his reality!!
Jack Sparrow, Pirates Of The Caribbean Series
Jack Sparrow was a legendary pirate of the Seven Seas, and the irreverent trickster of the Caribbean. A captain of equally dubious morality and sobriety, a master of self-promotion and self-interest, Jack fought a constant and losing battle with his own best tendencies. Jack’s first love was the sea, his second, his beloved ship the Black Pearl. He lived a character which is a dream for many daydreamers.
Gellert Grindelwald, Fantastic Beast: Crimes Of Grindelwald
When Depp was cast as the scheming wizard, it sparked notable fan outcry, leading to the creation of a slew of petitions asking for the part to be re-cast. While Depp was briefly seen in the first “Fantastic Beasts” film — for the majority of the feature, he was “disguised” as another wizard, played by Colin Farrell — he will take on a much larger role in the imminent sequel. J.K. Rowling defended casting of Johnny Depp in ‘Fantastic Beasts’ and we got to see one of his best work.