“- With those eyes, my bonny lad, I’m afraid you’d never see it.
However, with just a wee bit of imagination,
I can turn around right now and see…
The great bear, Porthos… Dance with me.”
Johnny is not the type of guy who likes to dance, but did a good performance in “Finding Neverland”, 15 years ago…
During the circus dance with the bear the only things real are the actors and the floor. EVERYTHING around them (audience, ropes, curtains, etc) are digital. On the next scene where they are dancing in a mirror room, only the actors the floor, and four columns (originally in black) were also real. The mirrors, lights, chandeliers, reflections and other columns were all digitally added later. In reality they were only dancing in a green studio.
four new photos were taken during the make up test for the filming of “Alice Through the Looking Glass”, sometime between August/September 2014, in England.
The four photos indeed have his own titles and reveals in which part of the movie it was taken.
* The first photo is named “Flashback”: In the movie we can see the same hair style starting at minute 47, right before Alice meeting Tarrant/Mad Hatter when she accidentally traveled back in time to the day of the
Iracebeth/Red Queen’s coronation.
The second photo is named “Sick Hatter”:
In the movie this scene starts at 1h 15 minutes, when Alice returns to the present days and goes to Tarrant’s house to tell him about his family, but finds a bedridden and white-lifeless Mad Hatter.
The third photo is named “MAD Hatter”:
In the movie this scene starts
at minute 19.
when Alice meets Mad Hatter
in his house and he talks about his family while acting madder than usual, thus the MAD with capital letters.
The fourth photo is named “New Poster”:
This photo was taken during the special “The Mad Hatter Surprise”, when
Johnny fully dressed as Mad Hatter, live-streamed onto a billboard as one of the Alice Through the Looking Glass promotional posters at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. But instead of simple poster, Johnny surprised the
Park’s guests interacting with them in real-time from a nearby film studio.
Prior to Tim Burton’s involvement, Warner Bros., since the 1990s was trying to make a new version of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”. During this time, a lot of directors and actors were considered, or had interest to play Willy Wonka:
1. Robert De Niro 2. Bill Murray 3. John Cleese 4. Christopher Walken 5. Michael Palin 6. Leslie Nielsen 7. Michael Keaton 8. Robin Williams 9. Eric Idle 10. Dustin Hoffman 11. Brad Pitt 12. Dwayne Johnson (Tim Burton’s second choice after Johnny) 13. Ben Stiller 14. Mike Myers 15. Patrick Stewart 16. Adam Sandler 17. Marilyn Manson (Personal interest with a devilish version) 18. Will Smith 19. Steve Martin 20. Rowan Atkinson 21. Nicolas Cage 22. Jim Carrey
Ps. Even Michael Jackson, according to his brother, Jermaine’s, book “You Are Not Alone”, was all set to campaign for the Wonka role.
Tim Burton immediately thought of Johnny as his first and one choice for the role of Willy Wonka, but knowing about Johnny’s busy schedule, if he couldn’t make it, his second choice was going to be Dwayne Johnson.
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.
* 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
While working in “21 Jump Street”, Johnny starred in “Edward Scissorhands” and “Cry Baby”.
He used to earn $45,000 per episode of “21 Jump Street”
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.
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.
“I consider all my tattoos as
specific moments in my life. My body is a journal in a way.” – Johnny Depp, for
the Details Magazine, May 1993.
tattoos to Johnny’s collection!
the Hollywood Vampires mini-concert for the Jimmy Kimmel Live, we could see
that Johnny has two new tattoos on his arms. On the left arm, right below the Cherokee
tattoo, was inked an Ouroboros, an ancient symbol showing a serpent or dragon eating
its own tail.
As usual, this mystical symbol has different meanings, such as:
> A symbol of eternity, because it shows the endless principle of no
beginning and no ending. >
A symbol of nature’s ability to sustain itself. >
A symbol of life on every level, both the Macrocosm and the Microcosm as the
universal whole and the individual of every living being. >
For the Alchemists, the Ouroboros is seen as the “materia prima”, the
“first” material from where everything is born, and the material that
each alchemist begins to work when he searches for the alchemical gold. >
a serpent biting its tail also symbolizes eternity and the soul of the world. >
The circle that the serpent/dragon forms when it bites its own tail is also
compared to the divine energy, which always has a departing and returning
movement to itself, that can be understood as “My end is my
For being a serpent/snake, it also can be interpreted as a process of
self-devotion, self-destruction, self-generation, death and rebirth in one
self-turning and self-appearing movement, by analogy with the fact that snakes
get rid of their old skin every year. >
The symbol is also seen in a lot of different cultures around the world,
who shaped the Ouroboros to fit their own beliefs and purposes, one of them is
the Native American Indian tribes, from whom Johnny has a connection.
tattoo could be partially seen on his back, below the neck on the Marilyn
Manson’s KILL4ME video. Both tattoos have other images inside the circle, and on
the new one, a tree, and a lightning is clearly seen. The lightning also seems
to come from a cloud or a hand, hitting what seems to be a small human. Johnny
already has a lightning tattoo on his hand, and it is also a common symbol on
the Native American tribes who has a distinctive meaning for each one.
The JJ 13:
On his right arm, was tattooed a tribute to his friend and bodyguard who passed
away last April. Jerry Judge’s face was inked between his initials, and the
number 13. The JJ13 tattoo was inked right above the “Silence Exile Cunning”
tattoo, and we could see previously throughout the Hollywood Vampires 2019
Spring Tour, not tattooed, but Johnny was wearing a black piece of cloth as an
armband around his left arm with the same initials and number. Black armbands are
known as a symbol of mourning.
don’t know what the number 13 stands in his tattoo, this particular number has a lot of meanings,
and I’m telling you, forget about being a negative meaning. 13 in some places and cases is considered a lucky number:
combination of the number 1 represents “Beginning” or “New Beginnings that
only the person can make” and 3 represents “Optimism”, “Communication” and
“Growth”. Also, 1+3 equals 4 that curiously represents “Patience” and “self-confidence
that the person is following on the right track”. Although the number 13 means
that the person will have some hard times, and a suddenly change sometime ahead,
if the person be patient and optimistic will reach his final goal. Both 1 and
13 stands for new beginnings and shows that no matter what the problem is, after
all, the person with be stronger, smarter and will have a new life.
number is considered for some people as an “Angel number” and when a person
sees the number 13 is usually a reminder from your guardian angel to the person stay focusing his thoughts on the positive aspects of his/her life, living with love
and compassion, and when you spreading love and compassion with everyone around
you, just like Johnny always does, the Universe will reward you with much more. We all consider Jerry as his angel guardian.
The Number 13 also appears on the Bible, with
Jesus and the 12 disciples. Curiously, Judas, was the 13th guest to arrive at the Last Supper and the one who betrayed Jesus, and we all know that Johnny was also betrayed. There’s no comparison of Johnny and Jesus, but the number and the meaning. Many people have a “fear” of the number and started to say that it’s a bad (unlucky) number due to Judas’ betrayal.
> For the Aztecs the number 13 symbolizes the end of a cycle and the establishing
of some kind of balance, something similar believed by the Celtics, whose
calendar was made up of 13 months, who were the result of balance and harmony.
On the tarology, the 13th arcanum of the Tarot of Marseille is the “Unnamed”,
also known as “Death”. Not the death in negative meaning, but the positive
“Death” that symbolizes the end of a phase leading to the beginning of another,
a metamorphosis, the beginning of a new era and the start of a transition, a “rise”. Curiously
this card has the same meaning of the Ouroboros, representing as an initiatory
death leading to a rebirth.
Well, as said,
Johnny have his own meanings for his tattoos, that he may never reveal, but
after searching for the original meanings and some threads that some fans are making,
both tattoos can also be interpret as his vision of what he has suffering
throughout this years. It’s like he’s telling his story, just like he had said that “his
body is his journal”. From almost being destroyed, almost being killed, betrayed and losing important things and people on his life, he is still being optimistic going on the right way, coming back to life, rebirthing to a new beginning, showing that while a lot of people thought that he was going down to an end, in reality he is rising, like a Phoenix, that curiously has the same meaning of the Ouroboros…
Up until now at least 40 tattoos are inked in his body. Each of them shows his own history.
Man, I f*cking love Johnny’s smartness…
Ps. Feel free to add your thoughts! I love reading and knowing different perspectives and stories.
In “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape”, when Gilbert (Johnny Depp) is ringing up Betty Carver’s groceries right after her husband’s funeral, and her departure from the town, we can see on the cash register a previous sale price registered as $63.69. If you turn the price numbers’ into a date, it will form the exactly date of Johnny’s birth: June 9, 1963 (1963/6/9).
Curiosities from the behind the scenes of “Heroes”.
Tommy revealed a little bit more from how was the day when they recorded “Heroes”: First it was recorded live at Hansa Tonstudio (the same where David Bowie recorded the original version) in Berlin, Germany, on their day-off in a hot day and with no air conditioner. That’s why we see a sweat Johnny. As thought, it was recorded by their photographer, Kyler Clark (Cereal Kyler) and directed and edited by Louis Marciano, known for making videos for Alice Cooper, Tommy Henriksen, Bon Jovi, Marilyn Manson, Guns N’ Roses and a lot more.
In just 20 days the upcoming Hollywood
Vampires’ new album “Rise” will be released, so meanwhile, I decide to make a post about the Vampirics images on front cover, the official back cover and a little more information and curiosities about the album:
1° Who’s the vampire on the front cover?
Some people think that the image
on the front cover is a picture of Count Orlok from “Nosferatu: A Symphony of
Horror” (1922), maybe due to his long teeth, but
in reality the one on the cover is the Spanish/Mexican actor Germán Robles, who
was known for starring in Mexican horror classic movies. One of the most
famous, directed by Fernando Méndez, in 1957 is “El Vampiro” (The Vampire)
which also has a sequel named “El ataúd del Vampiro” (The Vampire’s Coffin). In
both movies, Germán debuted as actor, playing the role of Conde Karol de Lavud,
who lives under the name of Duval, a Hungarian nobleman, which in reality is a
There’s also something more that
links this vampire to the Hollywood Vampires, specially to Johnny: Germán, was
also a popular Spanish language dubbing actor and guess what? He was the one
who provided the Spanish voice of Davy Jones for the “Pirates of the Caribbean:
Dead Man’s Chest” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”!
Unfortunately, Robles died of
complications from peritonitis and respiratory problems in 2015, with 86 years.
His performance influenced many people interested in horror movies that after
watching the movie started to incorporate long sharp teeth to their vampire
characters. Some of them, includes Christopher Lee, who used his vampire
characters as inspirations for his Dracula.
2° The Official Back Cover and who’s the vampire?
If you paid attention on the “Who’s Laughing Now” lyrics video, you will see that there’s a sinister vampire/death-like
figure cloaked in brimstone fires, stands in the middle of a city in flames. The same image will also be featuring on the back cover of the album.
Some people who were curious, thought it was (again) Count Orlok from
“Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror” (1922), or even Count Dracula from
“Nosferatu: The Vampyre” (1979) or Stephen King’s vampire Kurt Barlow from the
1979 mini-series “Salem’s Lot”, but in reality the image is from the
stained-glass artist and illustrator Harry Clarke, who first added the image as
a frontispiece in the book “Dublin of the future: the new town plan, being
the scheme awarded the first prize in the international competition” by Sir
Patrick Abercrombie, released in 1922, after being delayed for 6 years due to a
civil war. Named “The Last Hour of the Night”, the image shows the ruins of
Dublin, Ireland, during the Easter 1916 Rising, War of Independence and Civil
War . On the left, important places like The General Post Office, Four Courts
and Custom House, all shown engulfed in flames, that also spread destroying
much of the city’s center, showed on the right, like the precariously
supported, crumbling, yet occupied, Georgian tenement building, among poverty,
urban decay, and diseases. On the book, the vampiric figure, reminiscent of
F.W. Murnau’s horror film character Count Orlok [which was released on the same
year (1922)], symbolizes the threatening nature of the city’s environment for
its citizens. While many talk about independence as heralding a new era for the
city and nation, Clarke showed that Dublin lay in ruins, and that the shocking
poverty of the city was unavoidable.
In the “Who’s Laughing Now” video, although the lyrics brings some politic
themes, the vampire figure may be just a furious vampire burning a city in
revenge, something pretty similar to the possible meaning behind “The Boogieman
Surprise”. The black and white figure was
also colorized to a reddish color and the left side was changed, placing the important
places for the buildings from the original right side, but inverted.
The album will be released Digitally and physically in Digipak CD (a cardboard format. Up until know there’s no information about a jewel case format, that maybe will be on the Japanese Edition), and Double Vinyl. The double vinyl will be black, but there will be also two Limited Vinyl versions with different colors: One comes in two tons of orange (this seems to be have been out of stock on the earMUSIC site), while the other named “Glow in the Dark” comes in fluorescent white and green colors. There’s also two boxes set with CD or Black Vinyl with a t-shirt (On site it also seems out of stock) and a bundle Edition with CD+ Vinyl. As usual, who buy the Vinyl will also have a download code for the mp3 format.
In Japan, a Special Edition will be released with 3 CDs: One CD with the 13 songs and two CD’s with 21 live songs (one with 13 and other with 8 tracks). Although they already had said that a Live Album is set to be released worldwide, no information about it was said. So, maybe it will be released sometime later. Watching the tracklist about the live songs, some were sang during the 2016 Tour and some on the 2018 Tour, so maybe it will be a compilation.
On the back cover, revealed in some Amazon sites, is written the tracklist, and
also some credits: Tommy is credited as Executive Producer, and also producer,
along with Johnny, Alice Cooper, and Joe Perry. They are all credited as
writers for all the songs, but searching a little bit, I could find that two tracks
brings more people:
“Welcome to Bushwackers”, also has
a 5th writer which is the Sweden guitarist Tommy Denander and has Jeff Beck and
John Waters as guests (credited on the tracklist).
Now the last track
“Congratulations” seems to be a “family track”, bringing 6 writers: Johnny and
Tommy joins Alice Cooper and his wife Sheryl Cooper and Joe Perry and his wife
“Good People Are Hard To Find”,
“How the Glass Fell”, “The Wrong Bandage” and “A Pitiful Beauty” seems to be
instrumental/interludes since there’s no credits for writers.
Officially, “You Can’t Put Your
Arms Around a Memory” is a Johnny Thunders Cover and is sang by Joe Perry,
while “Heroes” is a David Bowie Cover sang by Johnny, who also sings his
rendition for the The Jim Carroll Band song “People Who Died”. But during the last tour, Johnny
also shared the microphone with Alice Cooper singing the vocal and backing
vocal with Tommy Henriksen, Chris Wyse and Joe Perry in “We Gotta Rise”, and
also featured on the new song “Git From ‘round Me”, which was lead sang by
Tommy Henriksen. Johnny sang the intro and bridge and was also the backing vocal
with Chis, Joe and Alice Cooper, which also sang the hook.
crossed to hear more vocals of Johnny!
As Alice Cooper said “A lot of it (songs) is Johnny Depp’s
writing and there’s a lot of venom in his lyrics because of all the crap that
went on.” and indeed up until now all the songs released (or shortly
previewed) has lyrics that kinda supports it:
1° Who’s Laughing Now: “All the things you don’t say, The gift of
truth pushed me away. All the things you did say, Never mattered anyway…”, “Ha
ha ha ha, Who’s laughing now, man”
2° New Thread: “Why won’t give to you, my new thread? Of you, and no one
3° We Gotta Rise: “We gotta rise! Let’s rise! We gotta rise,
let’s rise, above the lies! It’s you and I!
It’s ‘do or die’! We gotta rise, let’s rise, above the lies!”
4° The Boogieman Surprise: “You never will because I’m not one of them.
You see, your first mistake was a bad one to make, ‘cuz I ain’t got no heart
left to break. If any of this happened for real, Maybe now I’d be dead…” “You
got no balls, you got no mask, You ain’t nothing but a dead end task. Shoot me
once stab me twice, But kid take my advice: ‘Get out before you lose your ass’.
I hate to spoil your thrill, my demon blood don’t spill, You see, there’s far
too many of me to kill!”
For having only 20 days for being officially released, it’s unknown if one more single or previews will be
released, but let’s wait for something new until there!
“Rise” will be released next June 21 and you can buy and pre-save the album HERE.
Today, May 26, is celebrated worldwide the “Dracula Day”, a day to celebrate the date of the first publication of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
The Hollywood Vampires brings a lot of references of vampires and Dracula is one of them. The first track “The Last Vampire”
from their album debut, it’s composed by a passage from the chapter 21 from the 1897 book “Dracula”, and has the final lines written by Johnny, the album producer, Robert Ezrin and Christopher Lee which also narrates the passage in his final recording for a musical album, before his death in June 2015.
The photos were taken by Ross Halfin and Cereal Kyler, at Dracula’s Castle (Bran Castle), in Romania, few days prior to their gig in Bucharest on their 2016 Tour. Along with their support team, the Hollywood Vampires also had Tim Burton with them.
For the upcoming album “Rise”, they will bring the vampire theme again, and I’ll make a post about it in few days.
“He came up to the window in the mist,
As I’d seem him often before,
But he was solid then, not a ghost,
And his eyes where fierce like a man’s when angry.
He was laughing,
When he turned to look back over the belt of trees,
Glinting in the moonlight,
To where the dogs were barking.
Then he began promising me things,
Not in words, but by doing them.
Have you seen at awful din of hellish infamy?
Where the very moonlight alive with grizzly shapes,
And every speck of dust that whirls in the wind,
A devouring monster in embryo.
Listen to them…
The children of the night…
What music they make…”