Sunday, July 21, 2024

Johnny Depp Slags Jared Leto, Jamie Foxx, Zoe Deschanel, Russell Crowe, Bruce Willis For Trying to Be Working Musicians


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.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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