Category: 2018

“ – Join me… Or die…” – Gellert Grindelwald

HAPPY FIRST ANNIVERSARY!!!

One year ago, today (November 16), the second installment of “Fantastic Beasts” film series, named “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” was released worldwide. The movie was first planned to have its world premiere held in New York, but for unknown reasons, the original dates had to be changed. The premiere happened in November 8, in Paris, with the main cast attending. Johnny only attended the second premiere, held in London in November 14. The last premiere, instead of New York, was held in Tokyo in November 21.

In this movie, Johnny reprised his role as the most powerful dark wizard of all the times: Gellert Grindelwald.

> SynopsisAt the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings. In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.

> Curiosities:

* This movie marks the 13th collaboration between Johnny and the costume designer, Colleen Atwood, over the last 30 years.

* Due to Amber Heard’s Hoax, many people wanted J.K. Rowling to replace Johnny, but neither the writter, the directors or the producers did it. Instead, they defended Johnny, who also confessed had felt bad for bringing such trouble for their side. J.K. Rowling, who also suffered with domestic abuse, is also one of the few people to had seen evidence documents of  his innocence. On twitter and on her own site she openly defended him saying: “Based on our understanding of the circumstances, the filmmakers and I are not only comfortable sticking with our original casting, but genuinely happy to have Johnny playing a major character in the movies.

* Due to their different scedules, out the main cast, Johnny only didn’t film with Jude Law. The mirror scene was filmed separated.

* Due to his busy schedule, Johnny’s biggest promotion for the movie was appearing by surprise during the San Diego’ 2018 Comic Con, in June 21, fully dressed as Grindelwald and reciting an alternate speech from the original in the movie.

* It took 5 months for the “Grindelwald’s Escape” and the “Thestral Chase” sequences to be finished, since the devolepment of ideas, storyboard and later weeks of filming in a chroma key studio. Johnny did all of his scenes while attached to suspended wires while being hit by water and wind. Another difficult part was the &Grindelwald’s speech&, which took almost one month to be completely filmed with more than 500 extras and dozen of reheasals.

* Talking about reheasals, Grindelwald and Leta’s scene at the amphitheater was filmed in at least 4 different ways. All of them, the only difference was Grindelwald’s tone of speech.

* Grindelwald’ blue spell, “Protego Diabolica” is only spoken on the official script. It’s unknown if Johnny pronoucing the spell was filmed, neither why it was cut from the final release.

* At least four scenes featuring Grindelwald weren’t released. One seems to be him in his hideout, two scenes with Queenie, one during the first meeting with Queenie and other ar the Numengard garden, and one seen during a rehearsal while interacting with a follower at the anphitheater.

* Johnny said he was surprised  amd honored for J.K. Rowling giving him full freedom to build the character. They used to talked for hours, and although most of the writters doesn’t like to change their characters, she never dictated how Grindelwald should be, and was always open for his ideas which made her curious about how he was going to build the character. Colleen Atwood also revealed that they used to listen to Marylin Manson’s songs to get some inspiration as they talked about Grindelwald’s german roots. Johnny and Colleen  also researched about the 30’s fashion to choose the closest fabrics for Grindelwald’s suit.

* Grindelwald’s look, hair style and the two different eyes colours were all Johnny’s choice aproved by the filmmakers. Even the beginning was also Johnny’s choice  to look on rags, so Colleen did his clothes made of fabric inspired on the Japanese firemen. On the original concept art, Grindelwald kept his short hair, and no beard but was shirtless while on his cell.

* Johnny and the whole cast is expected to reprise their roles on the upcoming third movie. Filming is set to start next year.

Ps. There are some other curiosities to talk about, but my computer, unfortunately, is on maintenace again, so I won’t be able to post some behind the scenes videos or photos from Johnny as Grindelwald. As soon as I can, I’ll be posting and updating some LQ for HQ photos too.

TBT: Johnny Depp: The pianist.

“Special 4th of July throwback to one year ago, when I had the privilege of organizing the final tour dinner for the Hollywood Vampires. I was lucky to spend the evening caring for the kindest and most genuine people any event manager could ever hope to work with! Thanks for celebrating this special day with us, and for an out-of-this-world concert at the Jazz Festival – You guys rock! 🤘🧛‍♂️🦇 Listening to the new Rise album brings back unforgettable memories!” – wrote Kenzie Schmidt on Instagram.

Ps. On the album Rise, Johnny doesn’t play the piano, but is credited for being the one who plays the keyboards on the last track “Congratulations”.

🍞  The“Dance of Dinner Rolls” 

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* Charlie Chaplin in “The Gold Rush” (1925)
* Johnny as Sam in “Benny & Joon” (1993)
* Johnny, 25 years later recreating his role during a dinner while on tour with the Hollywood Vampires in Russia (2018)

Legend has it that every fan of Johnny, after watch “Benny & Joon”, have already done it at least one time in their lives… Have you? 

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“Joe Perry and the rest of the Hollywood Vampires walk on stage during the last Hollywood Vampires tour.” 🎸🎸 – Wrote Kyler Clark (CerealKyler), on Instagram.

Ps. Is Kyler cleaning his PC? Third photo of Johnny today!
Ps. 2: The photo was taken last July 8, at

Cavea dell’Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome, Italy 

“Joe Perry and the rest of the Hollywood Vampires walk on stage during the last Hollywood Vampires tour.” 🎸🎸 – Wrote Kyler Clark (CerealKyler), on Instagram.

Ps. Is Kyler cleaning his PC? Third photo of Johnny today!
Ps. 2: The photo was taken last July 8, at

Cavea dell’Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome, Italy 

🎤  HAPPY WORLD VOICE DAY! 

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Today (April 16), is celebrated worldwide the phenomenon of voice, which aim is demonstrate the enormous importance of the voice in the daily lives of all people. 
Johnny uses his voice to bring happiness all around the world, and he makes it through movies, and now and them, he also shares through music. 
And  TOMORROW, The Hollywood Vampires, is set to release something great! Click HERE to set a reminder and known the premiere in your local hour.

KEEP SINGING JOHNNY!

Some things never change…
Johnny’s lovely greeting. ❤

Don Juan DeMarco (1995) x Hollywood Vampires (2018)

“ – My name is Richard. I’m your professor. From here on out we’re going to do things very differently… Oh, and if any of you sell marijuana, please visit me during office hours.” – Johnny as Richard in “The Professor

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TRANSLATION:
Johnny’s latest interview for the
Chinese magazine “Movie View”.

So here it is. If you guys haven’t had the
chance to read Johnny’s latest interview, you can read now fully translated and in
English!

The magazine in Chinese was released in January in China, and the interview happened while
Johnny was at Hainan International Film Festival, also in China, where he
talked about his career for one hour and half for fans, young filmmakers and
producers, on the “Master Class Session Enabling Tomorrow’s Talents
Event
“, in Hainan Bay, China.

In this interview, Johnny talks about how he became an actor, and his first
thoughts when he faced a camera; his routines while reading the scripts and how
he prepares himself for a new role; His meeting with Tim Burton and Edward
Scissorhands; Kusturica and Arizona Dream, His work with different directors,
and how a young director can impress him; Advice for young actors and
directors; His future as actor and director; the movies he saw recently, and
his roles in “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” and “Waiting For the
Barbarians”.

I gotta say: It’s a long and really great interview and a must read!
I hope you all like, and if you need a better quality to read, just ask
me.

Enjoy!!

**Ps about the translation:You have no idea of how much time and tough was working
on the translation. I did the most for a close translation to the original,
using 10 different dictionaries, translating word by word and sentence by sentence to avoid any mistake. It’s 99% correct, but there’s some words which I
had to change for to equivalent synonym in English, but don’t worry, it’s the
same meaning. And as usual in the same magazine format. It was tough, but I loved to make it. When a next interview in a different language be released, remember that will be translated here!

TBT: [Translation] Johnny on the cover of the Chinese “Movie
View” magazine.

“I also want to direct two movies. One of
them is a script that I ‘stolen’ 30 years ago. At that time, my agent only told
me about the situation of the script and the general plot, and then, after
listening to it, I took the script away.”
😂 😂– Johnny, for the Chinese magazine
“Movie View”.

Last December, Johnny was at Hainan International Film Festival, in China, where he talked about his career for one hour and half for fans, young filmmakers and producers, on the “Masterclass Session Enabling Tomorrow’s Talents Event", in Hainan Bay, China.
Later, Johnny was on the cover of the January issue of the Chinese magazine “Movie View”, which brought an interview with what was said during the event, talking about his experience as actor throughout the years, how he became an actor, movies, collaboration with directors, his routines and future plans as actor and director, Fantastic Beasts, and advice for those who are interest in the film industry.
Many people who doesn’t know Chinese, lost this interview, but don’t worry! I’m here to save you all! As many of you know I love doing editions of photos and translating some interviews in other languages to English, and I couldn’t let this pass. So, if you want to know what Johnny said during the interview, stay tuned for the translated version that I made and I’ll be sharing with all of you, in a magazine format as well, this weekend. 
Xoxo.

Ps: I already posted some parts, you can read them here: 
Johnny’s advice for those who wants to be famous.

Johnny talking about Grindelwald and Dumbledore relationship.

Johnny talking about the future duel between Grindelwald and Dumbledore.