Hollywood’s eccentric superstar Johnny Depp returned to the big screen as the swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge” this year and won hearts all over again. 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 Pirates of the Caribbean movie, Dead Men Tell No Tales, which had the 12th-largest overseas opening of all time with $208 million.
He remains the unconventional Hollywood icon of our times. Here is a walk down memory lane of his marvelous roles that one can never forget-
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Sam, Benny & Joon
This is the closest that Depp had come to filming a rom-com only he did not compromise his dominant strangeness to fit the need of the script. Depp’s role and performance as Sam is one big beating heart of eccentric whimsy and starring opposite him is the beautiful Mary Stuart Masterson.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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…
8. 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!!
9. 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.