You also talk about casting Johnny Depp in Cry Baby in 1989, when he was desperate to get away from his 21 Jump Street fame. He hated being a teen idol. I always said to him, “Are you crazy? The point of being in show business is to become so famous that you can’t go out!” But Johnny at the time wanted to be taken more seriously, and he did it the right way. I think he’s lovely in it, and more people have probably seen that movie than any of my other ones, because he’s in it and it can play on television.
[Though] I think in a weird way that’s the reason it didn’t work, really — because the girls that were screaming for him suddenly realized that we were making fun of them. In a good way, because I make fun of things I love! But they always smell a rat, and that rat is me. [Laughs]
Is it true that Brad Pitt also came in and gave a great reading, but you didn’t cast him? At that time I don’t think even Thelma and Louise had come out yet, and he walked in and it was just like, My God! Not only was he good, he just looked like such a movie star. He just couldn’t play the sidekick to Johnny Depp — he had to be quirky looking. But I like Brad, I think he’s smart and I’m a fan of his forever. He picks good projects and he handles being a celebrity well, too. He’s the type I think who drives around in an old rental car because no one will bother him. Don’t go out with 40 bodyguards, get a s—ty rental!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE “KING OF BAD TASTE”, THE “POP OF TRASH” JOHN WATERS!!!
Today, April 22, John turns 73 years old!
“ – Halfway through writing it, I thought, ‘Oh God, who’s gonna play this?’ I went and bought all the teen magazines and saw him and thought he’d be perfect for it. So I called him and said ‘I have this movie about a juvenile delinquent whose father got the electric chair’ – I didn’t try to make it sound normal – And he really laughed; he liked my old stuff, too. I just wanted to make sure he had a sense of humor. He did this one little sneer in our first meeting which summed it all up, and I knew that, hey, Johnny Depp is Cry-Baby. – John Waters talks about Johnny Depp and Cry-Baby for the “
LA Times” in 1990.
“ -…however, if I were homosexual, I’m sure I
could fall in love with John Waters in a half a second, because he is of the
funniest, most charming, intelligent people that I’ve ever known. He’s really a
prime catch.” – Johnny Depp talks about John Waters, for the “The Advocate”, Nov. 1,1994
PS. And don’t forget! John Waters, along with Jeff Beck, will be featuring on the sixth track
“Welcome to Bushwackers” on the upcoming album “Rise”!!!
“Cry-Baby” Behind the scenes: John Waters and Johnny in 1989.
To find a young actor for the lead role, director John Waters, in his search for the popular young actors at that time, bought about 20 teen magazines and hid them under his jacket until his home (At that time, John was 42, and a man with his age buying dozen of magazines with young men on the cover, could be considered suspect). There when he finally looked to the magazine covers, and were flipping through the pages, he found out that in most of them there were pictures of Johnny. After a search for his profile, Waters first sent him a letter, later they had a meeting (which Johnny revealed had been love at first sight), and only then he gave an approval and sent to Johnny the script, which had everything that Johnny wanted: comedy, weird situations and satires of teenagers. At first, Waters thought that Johnny would be just like all the other teen-idols at that time, which was leaning on their beauty, fashion and money to be famous, but was caught by surprise when Johnny went for their meeting in Hollywood, dressed in old clothes almost like rags. In the middle of the meeting, Johnny looked at him and gave him a funny sneer, and that’s was enough for Waters understand that Johnny had understood his role, and feel that he had found the perfect actor for the movie.
PS: There’s some other curiosities and videos about “Cry-Baby”, that I’d like to post and during this week I’ll make it, but now, let’s talk about another movie making anniversary today! Let’s talk about “Blow”!
“ – You’ve made me the happiest juvenile delinquent in Baltimore.” – Wade
29 years ago, today (April 6), “Cry-Baby”, premiered in the USA. The teenage
musical comedy movie, originally premiered three weeks earlier, in March 14, in
the city where the movie happens and hometown of John Waters: Baltimore. Later
the movie premiered in April 6, in thousands of theaters around the USA. Worldwide,
the movie was released in selected countries, starting at the Cannes Film
Festival in France in May 1990. But “Cry-Baby” became a cult movie years later,
with the release of the VHS and TV screenings. In this movie, Johnny is Wade
“Cry-Baby” Walker, a 1950s bad boy with a good cause: truth, justice
and the pursuit of rock-and-roll and love.
> Synopsis: It’s 1954
in Baltimore, Maryland. Cry-Baby is the leader of the Drapes, a gang of high
school hoodlums and also a rock-and-roll singer. Allison is a young singer of
wholesome pop songs who’s dating the leader of the Squares, a group of teens
beloved by the community for their wholesome attitudes. During an inoculation
at their high school, the bug of love bites Cry-Baby and Allison, making the
rebel falls in love, and the young girl be consumed with a burning desire to be
“bad.” Between, rock-and-roll, fights, French kisses and a lot of
trouble, Cry-Baby must find a way to prove that despite of his bad-boy image, he’s
a nice guy with a heart of gold.
* In the 90’s dozens of teen-idols was everywhere in
the USA, and as usual, during the pre-production, some of them were considered
for the lead role, such as: Tom Cruise, Robert Downey Jr., and since the movie
was a comedy, even Jim Carey… But for Waters, there were only two people in
the world who could play Cry-Baby: First, a teenage killer, Charles
Starkweather, who had died 30 years earlier, and the other, Johnny Depp.
Johnny and Amy Locane had to learn how to lip-sync for all the songs in
the movie, which in reality, were sung by James Intveld and Rachel Sweet. In
the other hand, Johnny also collaborated as one of the most qualified on the
set to talk about the instruments played throughout the movie.
Even though Johnny was playing a teenager, supposed to be aged between
16/18, in reality, he was 26. The only teenager was his partner in the movie, Amy
Locane, which at that time was 17. Due to it, her mother was on set throughout the
whole filming, and Amy revealed being embarrassed for kissing Johnny in front
of her. On the movie, when her character says that she didn’t know how to
French Kiss, in real life, neither Amy knew. She revealed that Johnny basically
Cry-Baby was released in at least five slightly different versions:
The “Theatrical Version”, watched on
the theaters, VHS and on the first editions of the DVDs Edition (which also had
an extra performance named “Chicken”, as bonus feature).
Three “TV/Cable Network Versions”,
which was aired during 90’s and early to mid-2000. Two official and a third was
edited for TV:
One was the same Theatrical Version but censoring the first and second word
“F*ck”, even though, when the mother speaks the word for the third time, it’s
not censored. This was and still is mostly aired on free-to-air TV, cable
networks and some DVD’s.
A second TV Version was released with some R-rated scenes involving slangs,
religion or sexual scenes cut, that had to be substituted for new and exclusive
scenes from the original version, such as a longer dance scene and two extra
songs that only could be seen years later on DVD.
A third TV Version was heavily edited and aired mostly on free-to-air TV
around the world. This one has all the three swears censored, all the sexual and
R-rated references, such as the French kissing scenes, shorter or completely
cut, and even the scene where Cry-Baby adjust his crotch, was deleted and
changed for he combing his hair.
And the “Director’s Cut”, with almost 7
minutes of new extra scenes (some different from the second TV Version) was released
on DVD in 2005 to commemorate the film’s fifteenth anniversary.
TBT of the day posted by Traci Lords on instagram: “When we were young! April 1990 Baltimore, Maryland at the world premiere of Crybaby. From left: John Waters, me, Patricia Hearst and Johnny Depp . The movie that changed my life!”