Oh, yeah I am partial to him too and wonder sometimes if he is not playing the biggest joke on everyone.
Johnny Depp is very subversive, not for only his Tim Burton macabres, and his anti-glamour look. He is dead handsome and his trashing of is to be more expected in a younger actor.
When a young girl or guy, dyes their hair green, tattoos and pierces everything it can be viewed as personal expression with some rebellion against the norm. Did some myself.
But I think Johnny Depp is not a hipster at all, more a kind of emotionally diseased and dark guy. Not romantic dark, just dark. I bet that his private actions make his syphilitic screen portrayals pale. I am guessing that he is very bad news. His affected way of speaking, the horrible robin williams meets madonna ennui trash talking with a Lewis Carol twist gives me the creeps. Like he has his own coven somewhere. Just because he looks dirty does not make him down to earth. I think he is hiding in plain sight publicly, though he hides elsewhere most of the time.
Al Pacino is a greater actor and lifelong weirdo too and Brando tops them both. Depp has a history of the darkest things, heroin and women beating.
His is not an attitude of angry anarchy, like Joaquin Phoenix or the petulant rage of Sean Penn. Depp is more a dark force of De Sade, The Ripper, pedophiliac Willy Wonka, Captain Jack with the rock and roll entitlement, and of course all the drugster hipsters and bad guys that he plays with twee and glee avoiding their true ugliness and destruction. I guess I think he might be evil.
The sensitive long haired pretty boy gave way to the insulated and privileged freak. He owns an island, and comes out to act and shows up at award shows like a dark presence. He has no irony. It is more sociopath. He had no chemistry with Angelina Jolie because darkness blots blackness.
I used to love his work and he had a beautiful face, but I think he is a bad deal.
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