If you thought Johnny Depp’s acting was pretty weird ...
... you’ve got to read the craziest revelations from the Rolling Stone interview that has Hollywood worried
Johnny Depp has not so much suffered an annus horribilis as an ever-worsening decline in a career that, for a decade or so, was among the most glimmering of his generation.
Entrapped by convoluted, embittered legal wrangles over his precarious finances with his management company, Depp has been portrayed as a man lonely and deranged by a Rolling Stone interview arranged to clear his name.
Instead, however, Hollywood’s studio executives are worried about the welfare of the $30-million-a-movie actor who conducted the interview solely from dusk to dawn while “dressed in his pirate-homeless attire”.
Variety reports that the interview has proved “a major distraction for the backers of Depp’s upcoming films”, including those financing the next instalment of JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them franchise. And, even without the excruciating details of Depp’s spiraling debts, the 55-year-old says plenty to incriminate himself. Here are the most alarming revelations:
He thinks LSD could win the war on terror
Depp, who is described as an “evangelical” drug user, believed that the hunt for Osama Bin Laden could have been over more quickly had hallucinogens been deployed:
“You get a bunch of fucking planes, big fucking planes that spray shit, and you drop LSD25,” he says. “You saturate the fucking place. Every single thing will walk out of their cave smiling, happy.”
He spent a lot more money than people think
Forget what the legal documents or his accountants maintain, Depp spent far more on fripperies such as wine and exploding Hunter S Thompson’s ashes out of a cannon than has been specified: “By the way, it was not $3-million to shoot Hunter into the fucking sky,” says Depp. “It was $5-million (about R67-million).”
This, he maintains, is due to the fact that Depp “decided he wanted Thompson’s arc to be at least one foot higher than the Statue of Liberty’s 151-foot (46m) height.”
As for his famous flagrancy when it comes to investment wine: “It’s insulting to say that I spent $30,000 (around R404,000) on wine,” says Depp. “Because it was far more.”
Another nugget in the interview is that Depp alleviated the pain of trying to sell his daughter’s childhood home to pay off debt (something which he failed to do, as it happened) by spending “$108,000 on suits while on a trip to Singapore”.
He is overly prepared for certain situations
As he revealed to interviewer Stephen Rodrick: “‘Matter of fact, I’m wearing six condoms right now.’ I laugh, which seemingly encourages him: ‘I also have a dental dam if you need one.’”
Depp’s favourite food, bizarrely, is “tuna-fish-and-corn sandwiches”.
He does pay to wear an earpiece on set – but not necessarily so someone can feed him his lines
This was one of the more toxic revelations in the incendiary lawsuit filed by TMG, Depp’s financial management, suggesting that the actor is no longer capable of learning a script. On the earpiece, Rodrick writes:
“This Depp does not deny, saying the sounds fed to him made him act with just his eyes.
“‘I’ve got bagpipes, a baby crying and bombs going off,’ says Depp. ‘It creates a truth. Some of my biggest heroes were in silent film,’ Depp tells me, lighting another cigarette. ‘It had to be behind the eyes. And my feeling is, that if there’s no truth behind the eyes, doesn’t matter what the fucking words are.’”
Depp does have things to say about Weinstein, but not because of #MeToo
When the disgraced mogul comes up in conversation, Depp shows little knowledge nor consideration of the dozens of women who have alleged him of sexual assault:
“‘He was a bully,’” says Depp. ‘Have you seen his wife? It’s not a wide range. It’s not like he went: ‘I must go to the Poconos to find some hairy-backed bitch.’”
Depp was, however, charmed by Weinstein undertaking the parenting basic of protecting a child from inclement weather: “The image that took my breath away was Harvey Weinstein, a goliath Shrek thing, bending down to put on his daughter’s raincoat.”
Depp finds racist jokes funny
He praised comedian Don Rickles because “he’d say anything”, before proving it with a YouTube clip that has not aged well: a video of Rickles on a Dean Martin celebrity roast, turning to boxer Sugar Ray Robinson: “I want to thank Sugar Ray Robinson, who said to Rocky Graziano: ‘Hey, baby, you’re hurting me.’ Sugar Ray is a great champion. Sugar, we would ask you to talk, but you know the blacks, your lips lock.”
Depp has little time for ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ following non-Jack Sparrow plotlines
“‘Why must you have these fucking heinous subplots?’ asks Depp. ‘It’s convoluted. There is not a fucking soul that wants to see Captain Jack Sparrow sad.’”
He hired the financial managers who are suing him because they seemed ‘broken’
Robert and Joel Mandel are two brothers who run TMG, the management company whom Depp sued for $25-million (over R300-million) only to be counter-sued. Depp hired them in 1999, after a day of interviews:
His last meeting, he says, was with Robert and Joel Mandel, brothers who ran TMG. Depp says he immediately took a shine to Joel, the youngest child of an Auschwitz survivor. Depp saw a kindred spirit. “He was a nervous wreck,” says Depp. “He was pouring sweat. He was broken.”
I ask him why he would place his money in the hands of a person he would describe as a “broken toy”. Depp says because he felt a kinship: “The monofilament that goes through all my characters, if you really look, they’re all fuckups. They’re broken.”
Depp tried to remove his own tooth while at dinner
Just a curious little anecdote Rodrick heard through Penelope Cruz:
“Cruz ends our conversation by telling me about Depp trying to pull his own tooth at a London restaurant while having dinner with her and Stella McCartney.”