Category: 2013

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New scene and new behind the scenes photo of Johnny and Jim Sturgess as Chick Purchase and Keith Talent during the
filming of “London Fields” in 2013.

* The trouble behind “London Fields” and its NEW 2019 version…

Considered one of the “Worst Films of 2018”, “London Fields” was recorded
between September and October 2013, screened one time for press and industry at
2015 Toronto International Film Festival, it was cancelled on the festival due a
legal dispute between the director and producer for fraud, failing to pay him,
and taking away the final cut. Later a second lawsuit was filed by the
producers suing Ms. Heard for $10 million claiming that she and the director
Mathew Cullen made unauthorized changes to the film’s script and failed to
finish the work. Later again, she counter-sued claiming the producers violated a
nudity clause in her contract, and finally in September 2018, the producers
reached a settlement with her.
But meanwhile the damage was done: They lost
time, money and almost lost the whole movie.
Due to this mess, it took 4 YEARS to the movie be finally screened for the
first time, last year, in Russia. And to make things worse, it suffered A LOT with
the negative critics. The movie was later re-edited and screened in 613 theaters
around the USA in the middle of Johnny and Ms. Heard court battle, which again
contributed for the movie being a flop and considered “the second worst US box
office opening for a wide release film of all time”.


ONE MORE YEAR
passed by, and this year (2019) the movie was RE-RE-EDITED and RE-RE-RELEASED, being
now screened in selected theaters in Europe. Named “London Fields: The Director’s
Cut”
, the movie is slightly longer with 12 minutes, has a new cut edition, new
colorization, new soundtrack, and new and alternate scenes.
Unfortunately,
Johnny’s scenes on the “Director’s Cut” seems to be fewer than on its previous version
(The Producer’s Cut). One of them is his character introduction: While Chick Purchase
on the “Producer’s Cut” is introduced right on the 7th minute, on
the “Director’s Cut” he takes almost 40 minutes to be introduced.

The new scene above is from the “Director’s Cut” version and meanwhile, you can check all the Johnny’s scenes on the “Producers/Theatrical Version” on my two previously posts:

> Johnny Depp’s scenes as Chick Purchase in London Fields (Part 1)
>

Johnny Depp’s scenes as Chick Purchase in London Fields (Part 2)

Ps. Don’t worry. I cut Ms. Heard from all the scenes 🙂

only-johnny-depp:

“John Reid: Hi ho Silver, away!
Tonto: Don’t ever do that again.
John Reid: Sorry…“

5 years ago, today (June 22), “The Lone Ranger” premiered at the Hyperion Theater in the Hollywood Land district of Disney California Adventure. The cast attended to the premiere and the proceeds was donated to the American Indian College Fund. At the same day the movie was selected as a closing film for the Taormina Film Festival in Italy. Later, the film was remastered and released theatrically on July 3, and in several countries in the following days. The film which is based on the radio series of the same name,

received mixed to negative reviews and was a commercial failure, grossing $260 million worldwide against an estimated $225 million production budget plus an additional $150 million marketing budget.

> Synopsis: Johnny plays a Native American spirit warrior called Tonto, whose recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice-taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption in the Old West, in a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, bringing to life the famed masked hero through new eyes.

Curiosities:

* This is Depp’s third western movie after Dead Man and Rango.

* 18 years after, In Dead Man, Johnny played a similar role, but he was “the white man” being helped by a Native American.

* In Portugal the movie is called “O Mascarilha”. Also, Tonto means “fool” in Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, and in the Spanish versions of this film, Tonto was renamed as Toro, which means “bull.”

* Busy agenda: Johnny was filming the second Pirates of the Caribbean film, when the director Verbinski suggested the role of Tonto to him and later, the filming was slated to begin after Depp finished work on “Dark Shadows”. Speaking about Pirates, Johnny’s character Tonto also has a headband, beads in his hair and eye shadow quite similar to Jack Sparrow.

* Johnny Depp used to be two hours late to the script “table read”, because he wanted to read in full make-up and costume at the Albuquerque Studios production office. In the first time the actor Armie Hammer met him, he came up fully dressed as Tonto.

* Johnny Depp’s make-up and costume were inspired by artist Kirby Sattler’s painting “I am Crow”. Based on the painting, Depp came up with the idea of using a dead crow in his head, but he didn’t realized that the bird in the painting was meant to be flying behind the man’s head, and not as a head piece. Later, in an interview, he explained: “It’s his spirit guide in a way. It’s dead to others, but it’s not dead to him. It’s very much alive.”

* All actors went through boot camp to learn how to authentically shoot guns, ride horses, gun slinging and lassoing. But, during filming, Johnny was doing his own stunt when his steed is seen bucking, causing the actor to lose his grip and fall to the side. The horse continued galloping as Depp nearly got trampled under his horse before falling onto the ground. Minutes later, while the doctors were checking if he was OK, He joked: “Actually the positive thing is? My coccyx didn’t take it.” Then added: “Chicks dig a broken bone”. Later in an interview, he confessed “I figured fear would kick in but it didn’t, I was very calm.” In another interview, Johnny thanked his stunt horse, Scout, for saving his life after the violent fall. After Scout dragged him, Johnny detached from the saddle, and the horse jumped over him to avoid stepping on him. Depp suffered only minor bruises and scrapes, but says it could have been a lot worse if the horse had stepped on him.

* Due to the negative American critics’ reviews, Gore Verbinski, Jerry Bruckheimer, Armie Hammer, and Johnny Depp openly criticized them, with Depp saying "the reviews were written seven to eight months before we released the film”. The movie had several problems (including bad weather, wildfire, a chickenpox outbreak, and the accidental death of a crew member) and budgetary concerns. These problems almost led to the film’s cancelation. Verbinski, Bruckheimer, Depp, and Hammer equally deferred 20% percent of their salaries, to minimize the overall cost.

* Some people have wondered if the film would have been better if Johnny played the Lone Ranger instead of Tonto. But he always stated that he “never wanted to be the cowboy”, always preferring the Indian and approaching Tonto as “a silent film character”.

* There were some controversy concerned the casting of Depp as a Native American and whether the film would present a positive and accurate representation of the Comanche, despite the producers’ citing the presence of an adviser from the Comanche Nation. Depp has stated he believes he has Native American ancestry, possibly from a great-grandmother, and said that he considered the role as a personal attempt "to try to right the wrongs of the past”, in reference to portrayals of Native American culture in the media. Todd McDaniels, a linguist at the Comanche Nation College, commented favorably on Depp’s attempts to speak the Comanche language, which has 25 to 30 living native speakers. “The words were there, the pronunciation was shaky but adequate.“ In the other hand, most Native Americans sees Tonto as an offending stereotype and hardly would agree to play the character.

Today we celebrate the 6th Anniversary of “Lone Ranger” !

[Part 2/2] 
Johnny’s scenes as Chick Purchase in “London Fields” (2013). 

Ps. And don’t worry. I edited to left only Johnny’s scenes 😉 But due to it, some scenes could not be saved…

This the first part of Johnny’s scenes as Chick Purchase in “London Fields” (2013).
If you haven’t watched this movie, enjoy.

Ps. Due to the limit of length, tomorrow I’ll post the second part.

Johnny as Chick Purchase in “London Fields” (2013)

Ps: Even though Johnny makes an uncredited cameo, he is quite an important character in the story and appears for a little bit more than 7 minutes in 6 different scenes.

Ps 2: STAY TUNED! I’m planning to make two videos with all his appearances, BUT... Amber appears a lot in the final two scenes. One is in the trailer, showing when they meet for the first time, but in the final scenes they are together and even has a kiss scenes (eww). If you guys want, I’ll make my best editing, but it won’t be all of his scenes…

Johnny as Big Bad Wolf during the make-up and prosthesis test during the pre-production of “Into the Woods”.

The makeup and prosthesis were made and designed by Joel Harlow, who at that year (2014), had already been working in 12 movies with Johnny. For the final design, many things were changed, the denture and most of the prosthesis were taken off and replaced for few ones on his forehead and cheeks.

“John Reid: Hi ho Silver, away!
Tonto: Don’t ever do that again.
John Reid: Sorry…“

5 years ago, today (June 22), “The Lone Ranger” premiered at the Hyperion Theater in the Hollywood Land district of Disney California Adventure. The cast attended to the premiere and the proceeds was donated to the American Indian College Fund. At the same day the movie was selected as a closing film for the Taormina Film Festival in Italy. Later, the film was remastered and released theatrically on July 3, and in several countries in the following days. The film which is based on the radio series of the same name,

received mixed to negative reviews and was a commercial failure, grossing $260 million worldwide against an estimated $225 million production budget plus an additional $150 million marketing budget.

> Synopsis: Johnny plays a Native American spirit warrior called Tonto, whose recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice-taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption in the Old West, in a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, bringing to life the famed masked hero through new eyes.

Curiosities:

* This is Depp’s third western movie after Dead Man and Rango.

* 18 years after, In Dead Man, Johnny played a similar role, but he was “the white man” being helped by a Native American.

* In Portugal the movie is called “O Mascarilha”. Also, Tonto means "fool” in Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, and in the Spanish versions of this film, Tonto was renamed as Toro, which means “bull.”

* Busy agenda: Johnny was filming the second Pirates of the Caribbean film, when the director Verbinski suggested the role of Tonto to him and later, the filming was slated to begin after Depp finished work on “Dark Shadows”. Speaking about Pirates, Johnny’s character Tonto also has a headband, beads in his hair and eye shadow quite similar to Jack Sparrow.

* Johnny Depp used to be two hours late to the script “table read”, because he wanted to read in full make-up and costume at the Albuquerque Studios production office. In the first time the actor Armie Hammer met him, he came up fully dressed as Tonto.

* Johnny Depp’s make-up and costume were inspired by artist Kirby Sattler’s painting “I am Crow”. Based on the painting, Depp came up with the idea of using a dead crow in his head, but he didn’t realized that the bird in the painting was meant to be flying behind the man’s head, and not as a head piece. Later, in an interview, he explained: “It’s his spirit guide in a way. It’s dead to others, but it’s not dead to him. It’s very much alive.”

* All actors went through boot camp to learn how to authentically shoot guns, ride horses, gun slinging and lassoing. But, during filming, Johnny was doing his own stunt when his steed is seen bucking, causing the actor to lose his grip and fall to the side. The horse continued galloping as Depp nearly got trampled under his horse before falling onto the ground. Minutes later, while the doctors were checking if he was OK, He joked: “Actually the positive thing is? My coccyx didn’t take it.” Then added: “Chicks dig a broken bone”. Later in an interview, he confessed “I figured fear would kick in but it didn’t, I was very calm.” In another interview, Johnny thanked his stunt horse, Scout, for saving his life after the violent fall. After Scout dragged him, Johnny detached from the saddle, and the horse jumped over him to avoid stepping on him. Depp suffered only minor bruises and scrapes, but says it could have been a lot worse if the horse had stepped on him.

* Due to the negative American critics’ reviews, Gore Verbinski, Jerry Bruckheimer, Armie Hammer, and Johnny Depp openly criticized them, with Depp saying "the reviews were written seven to eight months before we released the film”. The movie had several problems (including bad weather, wildfire, a chickenpox outbreak, and the accidental death of a crew member) and budgetary concerns. These problems almost led to the film’s cancelation. Verbinski, Bruckheimer, Depp, and Hammer equally deferred 20% percent of their salaries, to minimize the overall cost.

* Some people have wondered if the film would have been better if Johnny played the Lone Ranger instead of Tonto. But he always stated that he “never wanted to be the cowboy”, always preferring the Indian and approaching Tonto as “a silent film character”.

* There were some controversy concerned the casting of Depp as a Native American and whether the film would present a positive and accurate representation of the Comanche, despite the producers’ citing the presence of an adviser from the Comanche Nation. Depp has stated he believes he has Native American ancestry, possibly from a great-grandmother, and said that he considered the role as a personal attempt "to try to right the wrongs of the past”, in reference to portrayals of Native American culture in the media. Todd McDaniels, a linguist at the Comanche Nation College, commented favorably on Depp’s attempts to speak the Comanche language, which has 25 to 30 living native speakers. “The words were there, the pronunciation was shaky but adequate.“ In the other hand, most Native Americans sees Tonto as an offending stereotype and hardly would agree to play the character.

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Johnny Depp as Chick Purchase in the upcoming 2013’s unreleased movie London Fields trailer. Depp makes a cameo role and the movie is now set to be re-released this year in August.