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  • Macbeth
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    There is no denying that Johnny Depp is wildly talented, and he’s an iconic actor. But in the last few years, he seems to be choosing bad projects, or choosing good projects that ultimately flop.

    Some will argue his last critically acclaimed role was back in 2007 with Sweeney Todd, and others will say Rango is his last great role. His latest film offerings have been misfires, and I would hate to see Depp thrown into the ring of Nicolas Cage “he once was great and now he’s terrible”

    So what projects do you think he needs to book in order for him to get acclaim again? I think he needs to book some films by great directors that names aren’t Tim Burton. I think he could end up winning some awards if he was cast in a Tarantino, Scorsese or PTA film 

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    Damn, I posted this in the wrong section – can an admin please move it to the movies section please? 

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    Nicolas Cage is nuts. His downfall was inevitable.

    Mainstream success in the movies ruined Johnny Depp. Artistically satisfying but commercial failures use to be his niche. 

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    I think Depp is choosing movies out of what he finds to be fun and for that I cannot knock him. Saying that, I still think that will win an Oscar one day and maybe it won’t be that soon but he definately chooses interesting roles.

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    Obviously people will now look at Into the Woods whose success or failure I think will be taken as his deciding litmus test; no matter how small his role might be in it, to decide whether Depp’s lost his mojo. 

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    Denis
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    I thought he was good in the Rum Diary, also he wasn’t that bad in The Tourist, nevertheless, his last award worthy performance was definetely Sweeney Todd.

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    He has a lot of roles lined up right now. He must have realised his career is in trouble and he’s trying to get some good performances under his belt. I hope he succeeds, I’ve always liked him. But he is usually best when he is totally disguised as some oddball character. I’m sure there are roles he has played straight which were good, but honestly I can’t think what they are!

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    Cathy V
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    I think Depp is choosing movies out of what he finds to be fun and for that I cannot knock him. Saying that, I still think that will win an Oscar one day and maybe it won’t be that soon but he definately chooses interesting roles.

    I agree, he’s always done stuff he thought he’d enjoy doing, regardless of its awards potential.  Occasionally, there is awards potential anyway, but I don’t think that’s his main motivation.  I think his biggest problem is that he did too many of the kiddie/makeup-wearing films in a row, rather than spacing them out more and alternating them with more adult roles, so now he’s just being disregarded.  Of the films he has coming up, the one with the most awards potential is probably Black Mass, the Whitey Bulger biopic that he’s about to start filming.   His other film, Mortdecai, is going to be another “fun” one for him, and he’s got 2 oe 3 cameos coming up (including Into The Woods) that aren’t going to be substantial enough for him to get much notice.  

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    He has a lot of roles lined up right now. He must have realised his career is in trouble and he’s trying to get some good performances under his belt. I hope he succeeds, I’ve always liked him. But he is usually best when he is totally disguised as some oddball character. I’m sure there are roles he has played straight which were good, but honestly I can’t think what they are!

    Finding Neverland, Donnie Brasco, Chocolat are some of his best work. 

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    I think he’ll still keep getting the same old roles he ususally does. As long as Burton keeps making films, he’ll still have a career. The Mad Hatter in Wonderland 2 is going into production later this year, right?

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    The Lone Ranger is considered a flop (justifiably) because of its budget. But it still grossed $260 million worldwide. I’d bet $200 million of that gross came because Depp was in it. So not sure he is remotely through.

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    Depp will appear in the upcoming film adaptation of London Fields, which was an excellent book, and which hopefully will make an excellent movie (but I am not predicting anything). It’s obvious that lately Depp’s been choosing most of his roles based solely on the size of the paycheck.

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    Cathy V
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    I think he’ll still keep getting the same old roles he ususally does. As long as Burton keeps making films, he’ll still have a career. The Mad Hatter in Wonderland 2 is going into production later this year, right?

    Yes, unfortunately, he’s doing this.  Burton’s not involved this time, though- I don’t know if that makes it better or worse 😉  Alice In Wonderland was probably my least favorite Depp film of the past decade (yeah, I liked The Tourist AND The Lone Ranger better than Alice), but it made a billion at the box office, so I guess the sequel was inevitable.

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    K-Hole
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    Alice in Wonderland was, shockingly, ghastly. Just plain ghastly.

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    I don’t think he’ll ever get that oscar. Just my opinion. 

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