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A woman who would steal your love when your love is all you really have isn't much of a woman.
After being asked if he is a romantic: 'Am I a romantic? I've seen 'Wuthering Heights' ten times. I'm a romantic.'
After we started dating I worked a long, long day and night, and I came home, back to my apartment in Paris, at three or four in the morning. Vanessa was there, and she was cooking for me. That's not to say that a woman must cook for a man, that's not what I'm saying, but it took me by surprise. It was a whole new ball game for me. I'd never experienced that before. It was like she was a woman not afraid to be a woman. I hope that doesn't sound weird or sexist, because it's not. I'm totally in agreement that women are the stronger, smarter, more evolved sex.
All the amazing people that I've worked with - Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman - have told me consistently: don't compromise. Do your work, and if what you're giving is not what they want, you have to be prepared to walk away.
All the little films I've done that were perceived by Hollywood as these obscure, weird things, I always thought could appeal to a larger audience. I mean, box office is such a mystery to me that I can't... you know... I have enough -trouble doing my own gig.
Am I a romantic? I've seen 'Wuthering Heights' ten times. I'm a romantic.
America is dumb. It's like a dumb puppy that has big teeth that can bite and hurt you, aggressive. My daughter is four, my boy is one. I'd like them to see America as a toy, a broken toy. Investigate it a little, check it out, get this feeling and then get out.
Anything I've done up till May 27th 1999 was kind of an illusion, existing without living. My daughter, the birth of my daughter, gave me life.
As a teenager I was so insecure. I was the type of guy that never fitted in because he never dared to choose. I was convinced I had absolutely no talent at all. For nothing. And that thought took away all my ambition too.
Captain Jack Sparrow is like a cross between Keith Richards and Pepe Le Pew.
Don't be afraid to be different.
Farting... It's beautifully, blatantly anti-social.
Film star, 'movie star' - whatever they want to try to call you is limiting, in the sense that I think an actor has to be able to play characters. To separate these things - you know: 'leading man,' 'action hero,' 'character actor,' stuff like that - I guess if I want to be close to anything, it would be a character actor, which is what I think an actor should be. So any of that 'movie star' stuff, I just don't buy it. It just doesn't make sense to me.
For a long time I tried to manage an honesty and openness about my personal life because I'm human and I'm normal - well, semi-normal.
For many years they said I was a wild man. Now they say I'm a former wild man, former bad boy, former rebel. I guess 'former' because now I'm a dad. The media tries to stuff you into a mold. It happens to everybody.
Fortunately I know how to counter it, the man who did the waking buys the man who was sleeping a drink. The man who was sleeping drinks it while listening to a proposition, from the man who did the waking.
France and the whole of Europe have a great culture and an amazing history. Most important thing though is that people there know how to live! In America they've forgotten all about it. I'm afraid that the American culture is a disaster.
Good morning starshine, the Earth says hello!
Having kids was a huge change for me. Becoming a father. But I think more than changing, I feel like I've been revealed to myself, I kind of found out who I was. When you meet your child for the first time and you're looking at this angel, you start realising what an idiot you've been for so many years and how much time you've wasted. As far as being feet-on-the-ground, once again my kids and Vanessa have given me a proper foundation. A sense of home that I never had in my life, a real sense of a place to be.
How many chances to you get to make a musical about a serial killer? The minute Tim Burton approached me, I was in.
I am an American. I love my country and have great hopes for it. It is for this reason that I speak candidly and sometimes critically about it. I have benefited greatly from the freedom that exists in my country and for this I am eternally grateful.
I am doing things that are true to me. The only thing I have a problem with is being labeled.
I am truly sorry for offending anyone in any way. I never meant to. It was a poor choice of words on my part in an effort to explain a feeling. I understand there is no comparison and I am very regretful. In an effort to correct my lack of judgment, please accept my heartfelt apology.'
I can remember my parents fighting and us kids wondering who was going to go with whom if they got divorced.
I can remember when I finished 'Edward Scissorhands,' looking in the mirror as the girl was doing my make-up for the last time and thinking - it was like the 90th or 89th day of shooting - and I remember looking and going, 'Wow, this is it. I'm saying goodbye to this guy, I'm saying goodbye to Edward Scissorhands.' You know, it was kind of sad. But in fact, I think they're all still somehow in there.
I do have an affinity for damaged people, in life, in roles. I don't know why. We're all damaged in our own way. Nobody's perfect. I think we are all somewhat screwy, every single one of us
I don't have a mental picture of the houses we lived in because there were so many.
I don't pretend to be captain weird. I just do what I do.
I don't want to run around and look at a shot through a monitor. That doesn't improve what I'm trying to do. I figure, once I've done my job, it's none of my business.
I experimented with drugs and I experimented with everything that little boys do - vandalism, throwing eggs at cars, breaking and entering schools and destroying a room. But I finally got to a point where I looked around and said, 'This is not getting me anywhere. I'm stagnating with these guys.' They were getting drunk and high every weekend. I got out.
I found a girl, fell in love, she had a baby, and i fell in love again.
I guess I have very traditional kinds of sensibilities about that kind of stuff - you know, a man and a woman sharing their life together and having a baby, whatever - and I think for a while I was trying to right the wrongs of my parents because they split up when I was a kid, so I thought I could do it differently - make things work. I had the right intentions, but the wrong timing - and the wrong person. But I don't regret it; I had fun and I learned a lot.
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.
I had an incident with a really dumb magazine called Voici where they printed a photograph of Lily-Rose, a long-lens shot from very far away, and I just went ballistic. You can sue them - I've sued a couple of times, Vanessa's sued and we win every time - but this time I was beyond suing. I just wanted to beat whoever was responsible into the earth - I just wanted to rip him apart.
I had never experienced that before. And it's been fun to visit Hollywood and talk to studios as a bankable actor for a change.
I have a lot of love inside me and a lot of anger inside as well. If I love somebody, then I'm gonna love 'em. If I'm angry and I've got to lash out or hit somebody, I'm going to do it, and I don't care what the repercussions are. Anger doesn't pay rent, it's gotta go. It's gotta be evicted.
I like the challenge of trying different things and wondering whether it's going to work or whether I'm going to fall flat on my face.
I love our house in the country. I can walk to the nearby village and have a coffee and no one pays any notice. I'm just another dad with my daughter on my knee. The time I've spent in France with Vanessa has solidified my belief that I can keep a major distance from Hollywood and still keep in the game. Acting is my living, but I don't want to live it. Living in France is the first time I can honestly say I feel at home.
I love this stuff. The kid falls asleep and it's all over, he's sucked right into the bed and spit out as blood. His bloody body rises straight out and then topples over, too. I heard somebody talk about having a dummy shot out of the bed, but I said, 'Hey, I want to do this! It'll be fun! Lemme do it!'
I loved playing Edward Scissorhands because there's nothing cynical, jaded or impure about him. It's almost a letdown to look in the mirror and realize I'm not Edward.
I may have a feather duster down my pants.
I only wanted to be in a movie that my kids could see.
I played rock'n'roll clubs in Florida. I was underage, but they would let me come in the back door to play, and then I'd have to leave after the first set. That's how I made a living, at about $25 a night. At times we could make $2,100 - we used to make that for the entire group and the road crew, which is a lot.
I pretty much fell in love with Vanessa the moment I set eyes on her. As a person, I was pretty much a lost cause at that time in my life. She turned all that around for me with her incredible tenderness and understanding.
I pretty much try to stay in a constant state of confusion just because of the expression it leaves on my face.
I remember carving my initials on my arm and I've scarred myself from time to time since then. In a way your body is a journal and the scars are sort of entries in it.
I remember in that red leisure suit I sort of felt like a Pizza Hut employee, and the white one was the ultimate, with the white turtleneck collar, that was the ultimate in bad taste.
I see this amazing, beautiful, pure angel-thing wake up in the morning, and nothing can touch that. She is the only reason to wake up in the morning, the only reason to take a breath. Everything else is checkers.
I started out as a guitarist in the early Eighties. I hooked up with a guy who idolized James Dean and he gave me a copy of the Dean biography, 'The Mutant King', which I thought was really interesting. While reading the book, I watched Rebel Without a Cause, and I thought, 'Wow, this guy really has something', and I was hooked. I wasn't really into acting at the time - but James Dean was the catalyst.
I started smoking at 12, lost my virginity at 13 and did every kind of drug there was by 14. Pretty much any drug you can name, I've done it. I wouldn't say I was bad or malicious, I was just curious. I certainly had my little experiences with drugs. Eventually, you see where that's headed and you get out.
I suppose nowadays it's all a question of surgery, isn't it? Of course the notion is beautiful, the idea of staying a boy and a child forever, and I think you can. I have known plenty of people who, in their later years, had the energy of children and the kind of curiosity and fascination with things like little children. I think we can keep that, and I think it's important to keep that part of staying young. But I also think it's great fun growing old.
I think everybody's nuts.
I think it's an actor's responsibility to change every time. Not only for himself and the people he's working with, but for the audience. If you just go out and deliver the same dish every time...it's meatloaf again...you'd get bored. I'd get bored.'
I think the thing to do is to enjoy the ride while you're on it.
I want to do kiddie movies now. I'm fed up with adult movies - most of them stink. At a certain point with movies it becomes all about mathematics: this has to lead up to this, this has to lead up to that - you're always bound by some kind of formula. But since having kids and watching lots of animated cartoons and all those great old Disney films, I think they're better, they're much better. They're more fun and they take more risks.
I was angry and frustrated until I started my own family and my first child was born. Until then I didn't really appreciate life the way I should have, but fortunately I woke up.
I was ecstatic they re-named 'French Fries' as 'Freedom Fries'. Grown men and women in positions of power in the U.S. government showing themselves as idiots.
I was just not what had written for the story. He had written the part of a big, blond, beach jock, football player guy. And I was sort of emaciated, with old hairspray and spiky hair, earrings, a little catacomb dweller. Then five hours later that agent called me and said, 'You're an actor'.
I was working a day job selling ink pens over the phone and getting maybe $100 a week, but I thought, 'What have I got to lose?'
I wasn't afraid of getting hurt. I was just afraid that the horses may relieve themselves on the journey.
I would do anything Tim wanted me to. You know - have sex with an aardvark... I would do it.
I would never be disrespectful to my country, to the people, especially the kids who are over there serving in the armed forces. My uncle was wounded in Vietnam, paralyzed from the neck down. I would never say those things the way they claim I said them.
I'd do it exactly the same. I wanted to work with Angelina and I felt like I had a good handle on the character. It was not a character that I'd really played before. I don't know the main ingredient of success at the box office. I just feel that's not something I can do anything about.
I'd rather fight a buzzsaw than dance.
If someone were to harm my family or a friend or somebody I love, I would eat them. I might end up in jail for 500 years, but I would eat them.
If there's any message to my work, it is ultimately that it's OK to be different, that it's good to be different, that we should question ourselves before we pass judgment on someone who looks different, behaves different, talks different, is a different color.
If you call meeting Vanessa an achievement,' it was certainly that. It came at the right time. We were both ready for children, and she's given me Lily Rose, who is now 11 years old, and Jack, who's 9. I saw Vanessa across a room - and I first saw only her back! But I immediately thought: 'That's the woman for me.' That was nearly 12 years ago.'
If you catch me saying 'I am a serious actor,' I beg you to slap me.
If you love two people at the same time, choose the second one. Because if you really loved the first one, then you wouldn't have fallen for the second.
If you turn on the television and see the horrors that are happening to people in the world right now, I think there's no better time to strive to have some kind of hope through imagination. I think it's a time to close your eyes and try to make a change, or at least hope to make a change, or we're going to explode.
I'm an old-fashioned guy... I want to be an old man with a beer belly sitting on a porch, looking at a lake or something.
I'm attracted to the people who are considered freaks. Since I was young, I've identified with characters considered by 'normal' society to be outcasts and oddballs.
I'm glad I didn't have children until Vanessa and I got together.
I'm not Blockbuster Boy.
I'm not sure I'm adult yet.
I'm shy, paranoid, whatever word you want to use. I hate fame. I've done everything I can to avoid it.
It can turn a situation a little sticky. I changed it to Wino Forever, which is actually a bit more accurate.
It took me a while to figure out what I wanted and then I met the woman who made me see what I was missing. But raising a family and spending so much time with our kids is what has really had the most calming influence on me. They became my focus and it put things into perspective. Nothing makes me happier than watching Vanessa and my kids and just realising that they're my world. It's pure joy.'
It was horrible. There were so many bands it was impossible to make any money. So we all got side jobs. We used to sell ads over the telephone. Telemarketing. We got $100 a week. We had to rip people off. We'd tell them they'd been chosen by so-and-so in their area to receive a grandfather clock. They would order $500 worth of these fucking things and we would send them a cheap grandfather clock. It was horrible.
It was in the lobby of this restaurant. I just saw this back, across the room. Suddenly the back turned and looked at me. And then the eyes that were attached to the back walked towards me, and just walked right up to me and said, 'Hi, do you remember me?' And I went, 'Yes.' I didn't remember - it came to me a few seconds later - but I was just like, 'uh, uh, uh...' Love at first sight in a strange way, because I had actually met her a number of years before.
It was mentioned that they were considering a movie based on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, and I said I was in. There was no screenplay, no director, nothing. For some unknown reason, I just said I was in.
It's all kinds of these profound things crashing on you when your child arrives into the world. It's like you've met your reason to live.
It's an odd thing when there is a fan page for my daughter who is not yet 13.
It's good to experience Hollywood in short bursts, I guess. Little snippets. I don't think I can handle being here all the time, it's pretty nutty.
It's here on my arm. It was the kind of thing you do on the spur of the moment - Fuck it, lets do it. Then you break up, but it's still there: a girl's name on my arm.
It's like someone you used to know and wonder why things looked so ugly from his perspective. When I was 30 I wasn't that convinced I would make it to 40, but maybe I had to go through all the crap that had built up inside me to get to a point where I could start enjoying life. When I met Vanessa, I was still drifting. But being with her has just blown me away and made me a better man. Ten years ago I never would have believed in the kind of life I have now as a father, although I still wonder if it's OK to be this happy.
It's so pretty Vanessa Paradis!
I've been around long enough to know that one week, you're on the exclusive list of guys who can open a movie, and then the next week, you're off the list. It's been a fun ride, and I'm enjoying it for all it's worth.
Life's pretty good, and why wouldn't it be? I'm a pirate, after all.
Marlon Brando is maybe the greatest actor of the last two centuries. But his mind is much more important than the acting thing. The way that he looks at things, doesn't judge things, the way that he assesses things. He's as important as, uh... who's important today? Jesus, not many people... Stephen Hawking!
Marlon wanted me to escape movies for a while - 'Take a year off. Go on. Study Shakespeare.' So it's one of the things that keep ricocheting around in my head. He told me that by the time he had got to the point where he felt he could do Hamlet, it was too late. So he said, 'Do it now, do it while you can.' And I would like to do it - although it's one of the more frightening ideas I've had. I think as an actor it is good to feel the fear of failing miserably. I think you should take that risk. Fear is a necessary ingredient in everything I do. But if I do Hamlet it will probably be in a small theater on a small stage and it will have to be very, very soon because I'm getting a little long in the tooth for it.
Marriage definitely isn't against my principles. But in our eyes we are already married: she's my wife, I'm her husband, we have two children. Lily-Rose Melody and Jack both have my family-name, Depp, although afterwards I regret that a bit. Vanessa has the perfect name. If we get married one day, I would like to have it: 'Johnny Paradis'. A bit like Johnny Halliday.
Masturbation for me is a way of life. I've been training for this day since I was 13 years old and I'm happy with my performance today.
May the wind always be on your back and the sun upon your face and may the winds of destiny carry you aloft to dance with the stars.
Me, I'm dishonest, and you can always trust a dishonest man to be dishonest. Honestly, it's the honest ones you have to watch out for.
My body is a journal in a way. It's like what sailors used to do, where every tattoo meant something, a specific time in your life when you make a mark on yourself, whether you do it yourself with a knife or with a professional tattoo artist.
My childhood was strange, though then again, it was normal to us. It wasn't until I started going to other kids' houses and hanging out, having dinner, seeing what a family is supposed to do that I saw that we weren't normal.
My family is my paradise! What really cheers me up is to know that they are all doing fine. This is the reason why we always travel all together. Today what I enjoy the most are simple things such as : my family, a nice glass of wine and a cigarette.
My father left and my mother was deeply hurt and sick physically and emotionally. That's a very traumatic thing for a family to go through, so we all pulled together and did the best we could.
My self-image it still isn't that alright. No matter how famous I am, no matter how many people go to see my movies, I still have the idea that I'm that pale no-hoper that I used to be. A pale no-hoper that happens to be a little lucky now. Tomorrow it'll be all over, then I'll have to go back to selling pens again.
Now, I don't want to ruin Vanessa last name with my awful Depp name.
On a film you start to get closer and closer with the people you're working with, and it becomes like this circus act or this travelling family.
Over the years all these vampire movies have come out and nobody looks like a vampire anymore.
People say I make strange choices, but they're not strange for me. My sickness is that I'm fascinated by human behavior, by what's underneath the surface, by the worlds inside people.
People will say a movie bombed at the box office but I couldn't care less.
Sure, I find it touching, honestly, but awards are not as important to me as when I meet a 10-year-old kid who says, 'I love Captain Jack Sparrow'... That's real magic for me.
Talking on the Sleepy Hollow set about what it was like being dragged behind a carriage in the woods: 'I wasn't afraid of getting hurt. I was just afraid that the horses may relieve themselves on the journey.'
That's the best advice I could give; is just to keep moving forward and don't give a shit what anybody thinks, you know? Just keep moving forward and do what you do for you.
The beauty, the poetry of the fear in their eyes. I didn't mind going to jail for, what, five, six hours? It was absolutely worth it.
The idea of dancing is the only thing that scares me.
The last couple of times I did it, I just said, 'Listen, you don't want this stuff, man'.
The only creatures that are evolved enough to convey pure love are dogs and infants.
The only gossip I'm interested in is things from the Weekly World News - 'Woman's bra bursts, 11 injured'. That kind of thing.
The quality of life is so different in France. There is the possibility of living a simple life. I would never contemplate raising my daughter in LA. I would never raise any child there.
The term 'serious actor' is kind of an oxymoron, isn't it? Like 'Republican party' or 'airplane food.'
The truth is we had such an amazing pregnancy for nine months, we were truly blessed, so watching and experiencing that together was magical, just incredible. And literally, at the risk of sounding corny, I fell in love with Vanessa every day all over again.
There are four questions of value in life: What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made? What is worth living for? And what is worth dying for? The answer to each is the same. Only love.
There are necessary evils. Money is an important thing in terms of representing freedom in our world. And now I have a daughter to think about. It's really the first time I've thought about the future and what it could be.
There is nothing on earth that could ever make me want to relive certain years of my life when I was young.
There's a drive in me that won't allow me to do certain things that are easy.
There's nothing - you know - nothing else like music. Nothing that touches us on that, uh, that deep level. Music can open up so many emotions that we didn't know we had. It's the magical thing about musicals, you know, on the stage or on film or whatever. Love songs. They work so well because music touches us, emotionally, where words alone can't.
These are the most important people in my life. You know, I would die for these people. If someone were to harm my family or a friend or somebody I love - I would eat them. I might end up in jail for 500 years - but I would eat them.
This is a rumor-filled society and if people want to sit around and talk about whom I've dated, then I'd say they have a lot of spare time and should consider other topics... or masturbation.
Tomorrow it'll all be over, then I'll have to go back to selling pens again.
Trips to the dentist - I like to postpone that kind of thing.
Vanessa is my wife and I'm her husband. We don't care to have a piece of paper.
Vanessa is really like a miracle for me. I've been with her for three years, and I'm feeling as if I had met the person I had searched for since I was a child. She is kind of the person I found out, searching for all over the world, the real significant other, or the person I can feel as if we had met somewhere sometime. I'm truly happy with her. Vanessa understands me so much.
Vanessa is someone really special, quite unique.
We had been shooting Charlie for about a month, and I was beginning to get nervous because there weren't any phone calls. I called my agent and asked, Has no one called from the studio to complain or say, 'Hey, what's he doing?' or 'Hey, he's freaking us out?' And when she said no, I thought, 'Christ, I'm not doing enough! Something's wrong!' Then some of the studio brass came over to the set, and they were sitting in my trailer and I was all decked out as Wonka with the little bangs. And I just had to know. So I said, 'Okay, who was the first one, when you started seeing the dailies, that got a little worried?' And there was this beautiful 30-second silence. And Alan Horn finally said, 'Yeah, that was me.' I felt better instantly.
We have a miraculous understanding of one another and we don't ever talk about the business. We don't talk about her work or my work. In that sense our life is very, very simple. We are great, great friends and we're in love.
Well, there was a great book I read... What was it called? 'Sodomy and the Pirate Tradition'. A very interesting book. I wasn't exactly going for that with the character. And Keith is not flamboyant in his actions. Keith is pretty stealth. But with Jack, it was more that I liked the idea of being ambiguous, of taking this character and making everything a little bit... questionable. Because women were thought to be bad luck on ships. And these pirates would go out for years at a time. So, you know, there is a possibility that one thing might lead to another.
We're all damaged in our own way. Nobody's perfect. I think we are all somewhat screwy, every single one of us.
What I said was, the United States of America is a young country compared to Europe, compared to, you know, other countries. We're young. We're 200 and something years old.
What more can I say about him? He is a brother, a friend, my godson's father. He is a unique and brave soul, someone that I would go to the ends of the earth for, and I know, full and well, he would do the same for me.
What's beautiful? May daughter is beautiful, my girl is beautiful, my life is beautiful, my family is beautiful. There are a lot of beautiful things.
When I first saw Amber, it was like seeing an old time movie star like Lauren Bacall.'
When I met Vanessa, I was still drifting. But being with her has just blown me away and made me a better man. Ten years ago I never would have believed in the kind of life I have now as a father, although I still wonder if it's OK to be this happy.
When I was a kid, we watched the Vietnam War on the six o'clock news, and it was desensitizing. You felt you were watching a war film; meanwhile you were really watching these guys getting blown to bits. Parents need to protect their kids from watching that stuff.
When I'm at our house in France I totally cut myself off from the rest of the world. I never have to listen to phones ringing and that's because - and Vanessa would confirm this - phones are banned from the house. We have a beautiful life and I feel that spending time in France has just calmed me down and made me stop worrying about things which aren't really important.
When kids hit one year old, it's like hanging out with a miniature drunk. You have to hold onto them. They bump into things. They laugh and cry. They urinate. They vomit.
When Vanessa brought out her last album, 'Bliss', I was very proud. And not just because it was her. I knew the process of the maturing of the album. I knew at which point she gave herself. I have assisted at that as a witness. 'Bliss' is a pure work. Like Vanessa herself, who always shows that she's incredibly wise, incredibly funny. Generous and French. She grew up very fast. The environment of show business didn't leave her a choice. I also admire 'La Fille sur le Pont', by Patrice Leconte. Especially the first ten minutes where she talks to the camera. That isn't acted. That's really her. The Americans brought up with vulgar tabloids - break up of Pamela Anderson, last brushing of David Hasselhoff - are probably waiting for us to break up. Not the French. They are happy to see people in love. They encourage us. They approve of us. They give us their blessing. They have a side of 'good future' that deeply touches me.
With any part you play, there is a certain amount of yourself in it. There has to be, otherwise it's just not acting. It's lying.
Yes. What struck me first of all was her beauty. And what touched me afterwards was her tenderness. I can tell you that in these days of serial marriages, Vanessa and I are a solid couple.
You can't see her method of acting, no real effort, no work.
You do the work and you want people to see it; but, um while I'm doing the work, the result doesn't matter at all to me. Ultimately, I don't, I don't care whether the film is - you know - some big giant box-office bonanza and I don't care if its a complete flop. To me, when a film gets made and it's actually finished it's a success. They're all a success in their own way.
You grow up a bit damaged or broken then you have some success but you don't know how to feel good about the work you're doing or the life you're leading.
You know, I was married, when I was 20. It was a strong bond with someone, but I can't necessarily say I was in love. That's something that comes around once, man, maybe twice if you're lucky. And I don't know that I experienced that, let's say, before I turned 30.
You start getting cracks in your face, and fuck it, why not? I earned it.
Johnny Depp Biography:
Born: June 9, 1963
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