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Johnny Depp has lost his mojo – how can he get it back?

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    Cathy V
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    Getting back to Macbeth’s original post, I think that both Depp and Tarantino have said that they’d like to work with one another, and I think Depp was even rumored for about 5 minutes to be involved with Hateful Eight.  Depp was also a producer on Hugo, so ya never know if that could’ve got him and Scorcese chatting about some future collaboration.

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    I’ve been saying the same thing way too many times, I just posted it this morning on the Trascendence thread: I would love it if he stopped the white face makeup, wigs, annoying voices and his fetish (or producer’s fetish) with Helena Bonham Carter, who also has the exact same problem. I can’t stand either of them and if they get together with Tim Burton again playing the same shitty roles I’ll pray for all three of them to just go away and stop making movies for good. It just can’t happen anymore. It’s too much.

    Of course my complaint will keep getting posted everywhere since he still has another Pirates of the Caribbean film and another Alice film.

    But enough is enough. That’s where his mojo is, he can get it back as soon as he leaves that makeup trailer he always puts himself in.

    Same role. Same shitty movie over and over again. He’s getting too comfortable, that’s the problem. 

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

    Matthew McConaughey.

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    He needs to do less high budget, high concept movies. He should do some indies where his paychek is a buck fifty.

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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. 

    When Depp was announced to be part of Into the Woods, he was quoted saying that The Wolf is a dream role for him.  Let’s see his take on it.

    Has he directed a full feature film?  Why not direct himself or any passion material?  Following Jolie, TLJ, Affleck, Costner, etc… 

    Another reco is to create a new really distinctive character like Jack Sparrow which I equate to Miranda Priestly in terms of unique brilliance.  Funny, I saw both characters for the 1st time back-to-back in a Halifax Nova Scotia multiplex early July 2006, both Pirates & Devil Wears Prada had so long queues so I just hop in and paid once for both movies.

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    Johnny has directed one feature film, The Brave.  He also co-wrote the screenplay with his brother.  It screened at Cannes in 1997, and he said it got a great audience response, but then the reviewers positively skewered it.  As an actor, I think he can deal with bad eviews, but as a director, I think it really got to him, and to this day, The Brave has never been released in the US.  He also says that he had a terrible time directing himself because he hates seeing himself on screen, and he was forced to actually do so with this film.  Not a good experience.  He’s directed several music videos and is directing a Keith Richards documentary that who the heck knows when (if) it’ll actually be finished, but he may be gunshy ever directing a feature film again.  But ya never know.

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    Variety, etc. have all put articles up about Depp’s box office failures. That combined with the fact the man simply isn’t much of an actor (unless he can hide under tons of makeup and do, basically, cartoon characters) AND the fact he’s 50, I think he’s down for the count.

    You can’t even argue that he picks the roles he does just to pay the bills (and child support) and that he doesn’t get the chance to sink his teeth into anything meaty. For over a decade he’s been a major star, getting the cream of the best roles on offer.

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    I debated Johnny Depp’s best roles for Entertainment Tonight Canada. Watch:
    http://www.etcanada.com/blogs/etc_93379/et-canada-soundoff-johnny-depps-best-roles/film/

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    I’ve been saying the same thing way too many times, I just posted it this morning on the Trascendence thread: I would love it if he stopped the white face makeup, wigs, annoying voices and his fetish (or producer’s fetish) with Helena Bonham Carter, who also has the exact same problem. I can’t stand either of them and if they get together with Tim Burton again playing the same shitty roles I’ll pray for all three of them to just go away and stop making movies for good. It just can’t happen anymore. It’s too much.

    Of course my complaint will keep getting posted everywhere since he still has another Pirates of the Caribbean film and another Alice film.

    But enough is enough. That’s where his mojo is, he can get it back as soon as he leaves that makeup trailer he always puts himself in.

    Same role. Same shitty movie over and over again. He’s getting too comfortable, that’s the problem. 

    ALL OF THIS^^^

    His choice of roles seems entirely dependent on how much mugging for the camera he can do. Rarely if ever does he play an actual, normal human being. He gives the exact same idiotic ‘odd ball’ performance in almost every film and has been doing so for nigh on 20 years. It’s tiresome.

    Having said that I see no evidence that his career is in any particular trouble. He’s got plenty of upcoming projects including surefire sequels (Assuming they don’t cost too much to make).

    I just wish he would start acting again instead of performing and should give Tim Burton an extremely wide berth,

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    I’ve always felt Depp was somewhat overrated as an actor and he hasn’t done himself any favors with accepting these countless “gimmick” roles for Burton.   It has somewhat typecast him.

    He needs to do a film such as Dallas Buyer’s Club (since someone mentioned M.M. above) that allows him to focus more on the acting. 

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    [quote=”vinman422″]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.  [/quote]

    Maybe I’m wrong but I don’t think he seems to care if he ever wins one or not. I like that about him. He is in the business to do what he loves and find unique roles. More power to him. In a way, I think that this makes him more likeable.   

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    He should take a role of everyday man. Just a guy from neiborhood. Latley he is always behind heavy makeup and for me, his last few characters (not counting “Transendece”) are some variations of Jack Sparrow. Once he was known as a man who takes risky roles and creates unique charates. Now he seems like a man who takes big paychackes to play his most famouse character over and over again. In “Dark Shadow” it was Jack Sparrow The Vampire. In “Lone Ranger” It was Jack Sparrow The Indian, in Allice it was mix of Jack Sparrow, Willy Wonka and Edward Sccisorhands. Even though “The Tourist” is not considered good movie i liked it because of the fack that i finally saw Johnny doing something that feels new when you look what he done in the past. He is a great actor. He just needs to start choosing better and will to make new character whenever he is in movie.

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    I’ve been saying the same thing way too many times, I just posted it this morning on the Trascendence thread: I would love it if he stopped the white face makeup, wigs, annoying voices and his fetish (or producer’s fetish) with Helena Bonham Carter, who also has the exact same problem. I can’t stand either of them and if they get together with Tim Burton again playing the same shitty roles I’ll pray for all three of them to just go away and stop making movies for good. It just can’t happen anymore. It’s too much.

    Of course my complaint will keep getting posted everywhere since he still has another Pirates of the Caribbean film and another Alice film.

    But enough is enough. That’s where his mojo is, he can get it back as soon as he leaves that makeup trailer he always puts himself in.

    Same role. Same shitty movie over and over again. He’s getting too comfortable, that’s the problem. 

    Too bad he is doing the exact same thing again in Into The Woods later this year.

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    I’m in the minority that thinks he should have won in 2003 (I need to rewatch Lost in Translation though).

    While some of his performances in his buried-in-makeup roles have been brilliant (Edward Scissorhands, first Pirates movie, Sweeney Todd) it is generally his little-to-no makeup roles that are his best (Donnie Brasco, Ed Wood, Finding Neverland). We need to see more of those. I’d love to see him as a hardened criminal in a Scorsese or Eastwood picture, or maybe a Benjamin Button-esque role.

    Is he still attached to that Shel Silverstein biopic?

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     I’d love to see him as a hardened criminal in a Scorsese or Eastwood picture

    Again, while it won’t be Scorcese or Eastwood, I think that Black Mass is going to fall into this category, and I really look forward to what he’ll do with this one.   

    Regarding the “heavy makeup” roles, I agree that his role as Mad Hatter was not good, and while I thought he was okay in Dark Shadows, he wasn’t spectacular.  But though I know I’m probably going to be ridiculed for saying this, I think he was extremely underrated and unappreciated as Tonto in The Lone Ranger.  A lot of folks could not get past the face paint and the bird on his head (both of which were part of the story, by the way), but the role was a lot more subtle and layered than he will ever get credit for, imho.

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