Category: 21 Jump Street Series

“- Did you take shower?
– No.”

29 years ago, today (June 18), a sweaty Tom was trying to run away from the showers.

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Johnny played his character for the last time in the series in this episode.

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28 years ago, today (June 18), the last episode of “21 Jump Street” Season 4, called “Blackout (a.k.a Business as Usual)

was released. This was the last appearance of Johnny Depp in the series starring as Officer Thomas “Tom” Hanson, Jr;  a baby-face police which goes undercover investigating crimes in high schools, colleges, and other teenage venues. 
While the series became a hit, Johnny felt kinda unsatisfied with his character and became increasingly frustrated with the series as they keep trying to sell the different image of him in a way to gain visibility to the series. Even so, he did his best to keep playing the character, until the day he decided to leave, after starring the series for 4 years. This is one of the biggest roles he had ever done. Also it was the most troublesome years, the beginning of being a popular teen idol, the beginning of being featured as a bad-boy in the tabloids, and the role that made him even more famous all over the world.

> Episode synopis: While investigating the gang rape of a jogger, Hoffs, Hanson and Penhall find themselves at the mercy of the same group of student suspects, who try to instigate a riot while the school suffers a blackout during a storm.

> Curiosities:

* Johnny Depp had always been Patrick Hasburgh’s first choice to play Tom Hanson, but Depp didn’t want. Two other actors tried to role, but FOX was unhappy with their performance. Later, Hasburgh offered the role to Depp again, he accepted, and the scenes were reshot.

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Johnny didn’t want to work on a television series, but agreed to a six-year contract, only because he did not believe the show would last more than one season (He also found it difficult to turn down the money). But the show became a huge success mostly due to Depp’s beauty. 

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Johnny became a teen idol really fast, but more for his beauty than for his acting. To make the series a hit, the Fox Network, marketed and “sold” his image of a good looking guy, and it worked. There was fan hysteria, magazine covers with his face printed and pages with popularity rank everywhere, but deep down he didn’t like it at all.

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A proof of how they sold his image as a product, is this last episode. Although it is the last episode of season 4, when they released the DVD, the episode wasn’t included. It was transferred to Season 5 as episode 1, and they put Johnny’s picture on the cover. He was also credited in the first two episodes of the fifth season, despite not having appeared in neither of the them.

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Johnny tried to get fired from the series using different tactics: He used a feathered turban with a giant jewel while speaking with an incomprehensible Indian accent. Worn a George Washington style wig, a red, white and blue trousers… He even wrapped his tongue with rubber bands to make impossible to understand what he was talking. 

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When the season 3 started, Johnny was tired of his role, so he decided to review all of his script and did some changes in the lines, adapting for a real spoken teen way. Also he began to put forth ridiculous suggestions for his character to the producers. 

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While working in “21 Jump Street”, Johnny starred in “Edward Scissorhands” and “Cry Baby”.

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He used to earn $45,000 per episode of “21 Jump Street”

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He also used to receive 10,000 letters from fans a month. Some of them were sent to the character and not to Johnny. Also he used to receive weird letters with personal information and suicide letters. He did his best to answer most of them. 

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After his last episode, the future of Tom Hanson became unknown and no explanation was given to the audience. 22 years later, Johnny reprised his role as Tom in the 2012 film adaption of the series, with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, giving his character a “proper” ending.

29 years ago, today (June 18), 
Johnny starred for the last time as  Officer Thomas “Tom” Hanson Jr. on the “21 Jump Street” Series.