Johnny Depp– on the verge of having another gigantic disaster with “Mortdecai”– is not making any friends. In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, the rapidly unraveling actor slagged all his actor pals who’ve tried to have second careers as musicians. Think Russell Crowe, Bruce Willis, Zoe Deschanel, Jared Leto, Scarlett Johansson, Minnie Driver, Jennifer Lopez and so on. He presumably included Gwyneth Paltrow, is co-star, who has performed on “Glee” and other shows.
“That whole idea for me is a sickening thing, it’s always just made me sick,” Depp told reporters at press conference in Berlin.
“I’ve been very lucky to play on friends’ records and it’s still going. Music is still part of my life.
“But you won’t be hearing The Johnny Depp Band. That won’t ever exist.”
This is the same Johnny Depp who banned press from the after party for “The Rum Diary” because he wanted to take the stage with Keith Richards and rock out just for people who liked him.
Depp told reporters: “The kind of luxury now is, anybody with a certain amount of of success, if you have a kind of musical being, you can go out and start a band and capitalise on your work in other areas.”
“But I hate the idea, ‘come see me play the guitar because you’ve seen me in 12 movies’.”
Meantime, I’ve heard a lot from people around the movie “Into the Woods” asking why Depp missed most of the promotion– even though Meryl Streep and the entire cast participated in dozens of Q&A’s and screenings. “At one point, Meryl asked the studio to use Depp’s allotted private plane for the other actors since he wasn’t even participating,” says a source.
If “Mortdecai” bombs– all indications are there including no advance reviews–Depp may have to become a musician. Aside from “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies, his acting career has become a weird afterthought. See: “The Lone Ranger,” “The Tourist,” “Dark Shadows.”