The Johnny Depp Movie Matrix
The envy of both leather and scissor fetishists. Depp's first role with director Tim Burton was as Edward, an artificial man with scissors as hands who falls in love with a suburban teenager. The duo has since entertained us with more than two decades of cinematic weirdness. Depp has said: “I would do anything Tim wanted me to. You know - have sex with an aardvark... I would do it.”
Keith Richards as an effeminate pirate with bad hygiene. Somehow the hottest guy at Disneyland. Pirates of the Carribean director Gore Verbinski has said that Depp's signature role as the off-kilter Jack Sparrow has worked movie magic because Depp is not unlike Sparrow himself. Depp's take on it? "Life's pretty good, and why wouldn't it be? I'm a pirate, after all."
John Waters' greaser wet dream. While searching for an actor to play the role of Wade "Cry-Baby" Walker, director John Waters went through $30 worth of teen magazines, and found that Johnny Depp (during his 21 Jump Street height of fame) was on the cover of all of them. Depp took the part because he thought the script was weird and cool and wanted to avoid being pigeonholed as a teen idol.
His sexy chocolatier.
Could be starring in a Pearl Jam video.
The gangster you would.
The mental patient you would. Depp agreed to play a delusional man convinced he was Don Juan only on the condition that Marlon Brando play his psychiatrist. He said the hardest part about his nutty role was looking at Brando with a straight face. "I guess I'm attracted to these off beat roles because my life has been a bit abnormal. The only thing I have a problem with is being labeled," Depp has said.
His amazing bald version of Hunter S. Thompson. To prepare for his role as reckless journalist Raoul Duke (Hunter S. Thompson's alter ego), Depp moved into the basement of Thompson's Owl Farm home for four months. He obsessively studied his behaviors, habits, and even traded in his car for Thompson's Chevrolet Caprice convertible.
Young dumb and full of blood that spouts all the way to the ceiling. Johnny Depp famously got his start on the big screen by being turned into a blood fountain by Freddy Krueger in the first Nightmare on Elm Street movie. A 20-year-old Depp won the role after he only showed up to the audition because he was giving his friend a lift. His buddy, Jackie Earle Haley, lost the role but ended up playing Krueger in the 2010 remake.
The gangster you might.
Sex, drugs, murder, and Johnny Depp in a bathtub.
Adorable, fussy, and terrified of losing his head. For his third collaboration with Burton, Depp played 18th century police investigator Ichabod Crane. He has said about playing the scientific policeman: "I always thought of Ichabod as a very delicate, fragile person who was maybe a little too in touch with his feminine side, like a frightened little girl." Burton was glad Depp embraced his fragile side since Depp's "not the greatest action star."
Basically Dave Vanian from the Damned. Look it up. Depp has said about his Golden Globe-winning role as Sweeney Todd: "How many chances do you get to make a musical about a serial killer? The minute Tim Burton approached me, I was in.”
So does the Wolf want to eat someone or get laid? Or both? Depp donned wolf ears, some distinctive facial hair, as he tried to charm Little Red Riding Hood in Into the Woods. The Big Bad Wolf has never looked so dapper.
Getting your eyes drilled out never looked so chic. In the last entry in the Mariachi trilogy, Depp plays a CIA agent who orchestrates the killing of a geurilla force leader. He has said about the role choice: "The idea behind him is there was this guy I used to know in Hollywood... who on the outside was very charming – soft-spoken and almost hypnotic... You knew this guy was aiming to f--- you over, but somehow you stuck around because he was just so fascinating to watch."
The guy who wrote Peter Pan. We needed something for the middle.
The one where he plays a vampire who receives oral sex. The most recent Burton/Depp collaboration was Dark Shadows, an adaptation of the '60s gothic soap opera with a seriously devoted cult following. Depp plays Barnabas Collins, a 200-year-old vampire who rises from the grave to restore his wayward family to greatness in this comic take on the old show.
Yuck. Depp reteamed with Pirates and Rango director Gore Verbinski for The Lone Ranger, and the most memorable thing about the movie will likely remain Depp's costume. Based on a painting by Kirby Sattler, Depp's Tonto has been criticized for being wildly unrealistic, though the actor himself engendered good will with several Native groups by consulting them during filming and using some of the Ranger money to benefit Native causes.
His not-at-all sexy chocolatier. Depp and Burton joined forces again in 2005 for the film adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, in which Depp plays Willy Wonka, the quirky chocolate factory owner. Depp met with mixed reviews in large part because the role was so memorably played by Gene Wilder in the first big screen adaptation.
If you're attracted to the Mad Hatter, life is going to be very strange for you. In 2010, Burton and Depp remade the storybook tale of Alice in Wonderland with the help of Hollywood charmer Anne Hathaway and Burton's wife, Helena Bonham Carter. To complete his onscreen transformation, Depp's eyes were enlarged through CGI and made to point in different directions.
The really great movie about making the worst movie ever. For Depp's second project with Burton, he played '50s Hollywood cult filmmaker Ed Wood, who pulled Bela Lugosi out of retirement for Plan 9 from Outer Space. Depp has said that, "within 10 minutes of hearing about the project, I was committed." Fun fact: Depp now owns Lugosi's sprawling West Hollywood estate.
The mental patient you wouldn't.
That mustache is not as charming as he seems to think it is. As an art dealer-cum-adventurer, Johnny Depp wears the most distinctive mustache of his career in Mortdecai.
The gangster you wouldn't. James "Whitey" Bulger is one of the most notorious criminals in American history. Jack Nicholson's character in The Departed was based on the Boston crime lord, but Depp was brought on board to play him in a biopic that paints him as an ice-blooded, cold-eyed killer.
A dying man becomes the Internet. Don't feel bad for not seeing it. In Transcendence, Johnny Depp plays a scientist obsessed with creating a computer with greater-than-human intelligence. For his lofty, potentially world-ending ambitions, he's shot. He eventually dies, but not before downloading his consciousness into a computer that allows him to transcend his body. In a practical sense, that means he shaved his heads and stuck a bunch of electrodes to it to look kind of like a 2014 Lawnmower Man with cornrows.
This ranks higher if you've got a thing for Depp's druggy characters. To play real-life drug trafficker George Jung in Blow, Johnny Depp wore some luxurious-looking locks straight out of the '70s. He didn't look much like the guy he played in the movie, but his onscreen transformation from young and handsome to paunchy, balding, and haggard was accurate.
Not as good as 'Down By Law,' but still pretty good! Johnny Depp teamed up with famed indie director Jim Jarmusch for his first flirtation with the Western genre, Dead Man. In it he plays a meek accountant from Ohio who moves to a frontier town and finds his identity slipping away as he goes on the run from the law.
His boring hirsute version of Hunter S. Thompson.
At the beginning of the film he's like a 10, but then he loses his nose to syphilis. Depp doesn't just play creative geniuses with spotty histories, he seems to have a true affinity for them. Such is the case with The Libertine in which he plays 17th century British poet John Wilmot, who was a favorite in the court of King Charles II, but drank and debauched himself to an early grave at 33.

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