“The Libertine: Epilogue” by Johnny Depp as John Wilmot, 14 years ago.
“So, there he lies at the last… The deathbed convert. The pious debauchee. Could not dance half a measure, could l? Give me wine, l’d drain the dregs and toss the empty bottle at the world. Show me our Lord Jesus in agony, and l mount the cross and steal his nails for my own palms. There l go… shuffling from the world. My dribble fresh upon a Bible. l look upon a pinhead… and l see angels dancing. Well? Do you like me now? Do you like me now…? Do you like me now…? Do you like me… Now?”
“ – Villainy wears many masks, none so dangerous
as the mask of virtue.” – Ichabod Crane.
ago, today (November 19), Tim Burton’s “Sleepy Hollow” premiered in the USA,
two days after the premiere in the Los Angeles in which Johnny and the cast attended along the presence of his friend Marylin Manson. In this gothic/supernatural/romantic-horror
movie, an adaptation loosely based on the famous short story of Washington
Irving’s 1820 named “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, Johnny is Ichabod
Crane, a detective with eccentric investigative techniques and scientific
procedures who was dispatched to the small town of Sleepy Hollow, which has
been plagued by a series of brutal decapitations.
New York City detective whose unorthodox techniques and penchant for gadgets
make him unpopular with is colleagues, is sent to the remote town of Sleepy
Hollow to investigate a series of bizarre murders, in which a number of people
have been found dead in the woods, with their heads cut off. While the locals
believes that a Hessian ghost rides through the woods on horseback, lopping off
the heads of the unsuspecting and unbelieving, Ichabod refuses to believe in
this legend, convinced that there must be a logical explanation for the
* This is Johnny’s second horror movie,
after “A Nightmare in Elm Street”, 15 years before in 1984.
* The movie was shot in 7 months
between November of 1998 and May of 1999. The cast filmed even on Christmas Day
at Shepperton Studios, in London.
* Busy schedule: Johnny was filming for
“The Ninth Gate”, when Tim Burton cast him to “Sleepy Hollow”, and started to
filming one month later when the Polanski’s movie filming ended.
* Johnny was Burton’s first choice for
the role and their third collaboration after “Edward Scissorhands” in 1990 and
“Ed Wood” in 1994. Although the Paramount Studios required the director to also
consider Brad Pitt, Liam Neeson and Daniel Day-Lewis for the role.
* Johnny always tries to add
prosthetics in his characters, and in this movie he wanted the classic Ichabod
Crane from the 1820 book, wearing a long sliding nose, huge ears, and elongated
fingers and feet. But the Paramount Studios turned down his suggestions. Historically,
Ichabod Crane was a very unattractive man and Johnny wanted to make himself
look ugly, but Tim wanted to base the character on Crane’s more unattractive
personality traits, his reported squeamishness and eccentricity.
* Johnny adopted Goldeneye, Ichabod
Crane’s horse in the movie, when he heard it was going to be put down. The one eye horse provided a lot of amusement for the cast and crew, because it was extremely
* Johnny did all of his own stunts for
the final scene where he is dragged by the horse, wearing a bulletproof clothing underneath his wardrobe with a quick-release system attached to the
rig to detach himself if he needed to during the shoot. But he was more
worried that the animals would relieve themselves while he was strapped in
behind them, than with his security.
* In one of the courtroom scenes with Christopher Lee, a man can be seen
strapped into a device that prevents him from fleeing, which almost looks like
some sort of torture device. When the shoot ended, Johnny revealed that he fell
in love with the contraption and was allowed to take it home with him.
HAPPY 20th ANNIVERSARY for Tim Burton’s “Sleepy Hollow”!!! The movie premiered on this day, November 19, in the USA!
“Allow me to be frank at the commencement… You will not like me. The gentlemen will be envious and the ladies will be repelled. You will not like me now and you will like me a good deal less as we go on… Ladies… An announcement: I am up for it… All the time. That is not a boast or an opinion, it is bone hard medical fact. I put it round you know. And you will watch me putting it round and sigh for it. Don’t… It is a deal of trouble for you and you are better off watching and drawing your conclusions from a distance than you would be if I got my tarse up your petticoats. Gentlemen… Do not despair… I am up for that as well. And the same warning applies. Still your cheesy erections till I have had my say. But later when you shag – and later you will shag – I shall expect it of you and I will know if you have let me down… I wish you to shag with my homuncular image rattling in your gonads. Feel… How it was for me, how it is for me. And ponder… ‘Was that shudder the same shudder he sensed? Did he know something more profound? Or is there some wall of wretchedness that we all batter with our heads at that shining, livelong moment.’
That is it. That is my prologue, nothing in rhyme, no protestations of modesty, you were not expecting that I hope. I am John Wilmot, Second Earl of Rochester and I do not want you to like me.”
13 Years ago, yesterday (November 18), the British-Australian drama film, the first film directed by
Laurence Dunmore “The Libertine” premiered in the UK theaters.The
movie premiered at Toronto International Film Festival in September 2004, but was only released more than a year later in the UK along with a limited screening in selected theaters in the USA, and being widely released only in
2006. In this movie, Johnny plays John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, a notorious
rake and libertine poet in the court of King Charles II of England in 17th century.
> Synopsis: In every generation,
there comes along a person so scandalous, so rebellious, so willing to break
taboos that they topple the world’s ideas of what being a free spirit truly
means. In the 17th century that person was unequivocally John Wilmot, AKA the
2nd Earl of Rochester the wily and talented rogue who in the course of his
short, wild life, become known all at once as a troublemaker, a genius and one
of history’s most irrepressible believers in liberty.
* This is his
first character with his same birth name, happening again, 5 years later when
Johnny played John Dillinger in “Public
Enemies”. In both films he is kept called Johnny.
filming schedule changed due to changes in tax rules which affected various
film productions in the UK, Johnny enjoyed his free time reading and researching
John Wilmot life at the British Library. He had the chance to read his books
and personal letters addressed to his wife, mother and children. The more
Johnny meeting his story, the more Johnny fell in love for his character,
finding in him some similarities with his past life, such as the drug and sex
his face coated in ripped latex to emulate the skin of people with the syphilis.
Also worn a nose plate made of silver, dentures, and one eye with a milky-colored contact
Johnny was invited for the role 8 years earlier, in 1996 when
John Malkovich invited Johnny to watch him playing John Wilmot’s role
on stage. Malkovitch had a plan to make the play into a movie, but various
financial complications delayed the production until 2004.
character was considered by critics as a dark cousin of Captain Jack Sparrow
and Raoul Duke.
schedule: Three months after the finishing of the filming, Johnny started to
film for “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”
Happy 14th anniversary for “The Libertine”!
Yesterday (November 18), completed 14 years since the release of the movie in the UK theaters.
“ – Do you think you can hold me?” – Gellert Grindelwald
ago, today, (November 18), “Fantastic
Beasts and Where to Find Them”, the first installment in the “Fantastic
Beasts” series, was released worldwide. The movie premiered in November 10 at Alice Tully Hall in New York and started to be screened one week later in
various countries around the world. In this movie, we have a glimpse of what
it’s now Johnny’s newest character: Gellert Grindelwald, the most dangerous
Dark Wizard of all the times.
* Johnny is the first character to appear in the movie, but we only have a view from his back, followed by newspapers alerting about his dangerousness. Later, a wanted poster is shown in a bar, but with his picture torn. In the end, it takes 1h 49 minutes to finally watch Johnny as Grindelwald.
* Johnny only speaks 2 lines in this
movie (“Do you think you can hold me?” and
“Will we die just a little?”) and both is a hint for what happens in “Fantastic
Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”
* This was the first time Johnny played
a wizard character in his career.
* Johnny’s role was kept in secret even
from the cast. The only thing known at the time was that he would appear in the
movie, but his character was not said. Many people got surprised when he
appeared in the end, and the cast only knew in the post-production.
* This is Johnny second movie with a
longer franchise after the five movies of “Pirates of the Caribbean”. And the
third with a sequel, after the two Alice’s movie and also Pirates of the
Caribbean. Fantastic Beasts was originally intended to be a trilogy, now is set
to be a franchise with 5 movies, but it’s unknown in how many of them will
Johnny be present.
“- Do you think you can hold me?”
Happy third anniversary for the“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”! The first installment in the “Fantastic Beasts” series, and Johnny’s debut as the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was released on this day, (November 18), worldwide!
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.
> Synopsis: At 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.
* 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.
– “What do you think people are thinking here? That I’m sitting with my
ago, yesterday (November 11), “Jack and
Jill”, a comedy movie of Adam Sandler, premiered in the USA theaters. In
this movie, Johnny makes a special cameo playing himself along with Al Pacino,
while enjoys the Lakers (USA
basketball team) game; wearing a Justin Bieber
shirt, eating popcorn and drinking Coca-Cola. (Something we may never see in
the director Dennis Dugan could hold his anxiety and ended up revealing the
“surprise” in an interview: “There’s a
secret guest star, but I can’t say who it is”, but then he admitted: “It’s Johnny
37 minutes to Johnny appears for less than 2 minutes. Johnny was in vacations
with his family after filming “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”,
and his scene was shot in Los Angeles with the same clothes he was wearing when he arrived at the studio.
before, in December 18, Johnny went with his children,
Lily-Rose and Jack, for the Justin Bieber’s “My World” show in Miami, Florida.
They went backstage and Johnny met him personally.
press conference for “Rango”, a journalist asked Johnny if he was a “belieber”
(a Justin Bieber fan). Johnny didn’t understand, thought that he was saying
“believer”, and answered: “Yes, of course. I am a huge believer”. When
explained, he laughed and said “A Belieber? I’ve actually never heard that one.
And you know what? Yes, I am a Belieber. I am, and I shall remain so.” Moments
later, Justin, who just happened to be staying at the same hotel, showed up in
the room surprising everybody and went to greet him and the cast for a few
seconds. “We’ve just established that I’m a ‘Belieber.‘” Johnny said. While
shaking their hands, Justin said that he went to say hi once he heard that he
was in the building. After that Johnny completed: “Who’s not a Belieber after
that… How am I gonna explain this to my daughter?”
Happy 8th anniversary for “Jack and Jill”!
8 years ago, on this day (November 11), Johnny made a special cameo with Al Pacino on Adam Sandler’s movie as himself enjoying the Lakers (USA professional basketball team) game, wearing a Justin Bieber shirt, eating popcorn and drinking Coca-Cola.
ago, today (November 9), the slasher movie “A Nightmare On Elm
Street” premiered in 165 selected theaters in the USA (on the first
week), being released widely in the country in November 16. Later, the movie was released
worldwide between 1985 and 1986. This is Johnny first movie and he debuts his amazing career playing the teenager Glen Lantz.
> Synopsis: Nancy is having nightmares. Something in her haunted
sleep wants to kill her. Something monstrous. Something unstoppable. But she
has more to fear. Much, much more… Her high school friends, she discovers, are having the same fiendish
dream. And they are being butchered-systematically slaughtered in their sleep
by the predatory monster of their shared nightmare. When
baffled investigating police ignore her chilling explanation, Nancy prepares to
traverse into the hellish realm of nightmares to wage her own extraordinary battle
with the ghastly killer. There, she confronts the dark, decade-old secret of
the very real NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET!
was a 21 young man playing a 17 years old character.
Sheen, John Cusack, Kiefer Sutherland, Nicolas Cage, and C. Thomas Howell were
considered to the role.
later, Johnny appears again making a special cameo in “Freddy’s Dead: The Final
Nightmare, but his character is credited as “Guy On TV” and Johnny is credited
as “Oprah Noodlemantra”.
1h31min of movie, Johnny appears for almost 25 minutes. 4 small scenes were
deleted and 1 never filmed.
The movie was shot in 30 days. Johnny received $ 1,200/week.
Johnny was married to the makeup artist, Lori Anne Allison and she introduced
him to Nicolas Cage. At that time they were the opposite: Nicolas was an
ascending actor on the way up in Hollywood, while Johnny was a broke young man
looking for money to fund his musical ambitions. Later, Nicolas arranged a meeting
with his agent; Tracey Jacobs and she sent Johnny for an audition. When he
entered the room, the director Wes Craven (so as Nicholas and Tracey) felt that
he had a potential, a charisma, something that the director had not seen in any
of the other actors. His daughter and her friends were there too, and all the
girls fell in love for Johnny. Hours later, Johnny received a call from Tracey
and got surprised when she says that he was selected for the role Glen Lantz.
Now he was an actor who never had acted or done school plays. Many people keep
saying that Johnny was accompanying his friend, Jackie Earle Haley, on the
audition and that Craven saw Depp’s Hollywood potential and immediately cast
him, but Jackie says that this is a rumor. He really did the audition and maybe
had sat next to Johnny in the waiting room, but they weren’t together.
HAPPY 35th ANNIVERSARY for the slasher movie “A Nightmare On Elm Street”!
The movie was released on this day (November 9) in the USA, making Johnny give his first step into his amazing career!
HAPPY FIRST ANNIVERSARY! One year
ago, today (November 3), “Murder on the Orient Express” premièred in the UK theatres. One day before, the movie premiered at
Royal Albert Hall, in London, with Johnny and the cast attending the red carpet. Worldwide,the movie started to be released few days later starting
in November 9. The mystery thriller film directed by Kenneth Branagh, which
plays the detective Hercule Poirot, is the fourth screen adaptation based on the 1934
novel of the same name by Agatha Christie. In this movie, Johnny plays Edward Ratchett, an unscrupulous good-looking
gangster and businessman with a dark secret.
> Synopsis: A lavish trip through
Europe quickly unfolds into a race against time to solve a murder aboard a
train. Everyone’s a suspect when Detective Hercule Pairot arrives to
interrogate all passengers and search for clues before the killer can strike
* Before this movie Johnny had
already worked with most of the cast:
– This is the fourth movie in which
Johnny and Willem Dafoe are cast together after Platoon (1986), Cry-Baby
(1990), and Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003).
– This is the third collaboration with
Johnny and Penélope Cruz working together after Blow (2001) and Pirates of the
Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011).
– This is the second movie in which
Johnny and Michelle Pfeiffer works together after Dark Shadows (2012).
It takes 14 minutes to Johnny
appear as Edward Ratchett.
4 small scenes of Johnny were
deleted and release later on the Blu-Ray DVD. (I’ll be posting later)
This was the fifth time Johnny played a gangster character, after
Joseph D. Pistone in Donnie Brasco (1997), George Jung in Blow (2001), John Dillinger
in Public Enemies (2009) and James “Whitey” Bulger (which was
killed this week) in Black Mass (2015)
* This is considered Johnny’s latest movie screened worldwide in which he appears in flesh and blood. In “Sherlock Gnomes”, released last March he only lent his voice.
Happy second anniversary for the
“Murder on the Orient Express”! The movie had its first screening two years ago, last October 3 in UK.