Saturday, May 18, 2024

Is the Old Johnny Depp Back? In the 90s He Was Famous for Trashing Hotel Rooms, Getting Arrested


Johnny Depp– TMZ found his first wife, from the 80s, who says he never hurt a flea. She was only married to him for two years, though, and didn’t get to have the real fun of movie star Depp.

In 1994, Depp was arrested for trashing his hotel room at New York’s The Mark. This is when Kate Moss was in the picture, post-Winona Ryder. Depp already had at least three arrests on his record by then, for speeding, and for bar fights in New York and London that also involved his bodyguards. People magazine noted that he was a cutter, with self inflicted scars.

In the hotel story, Depp blamed his antics on an armadillo that he said got loose in the room. The culprit, however, was never found.

All of this was the year after River Phoenix died outside the Viper Room, a wild Sunset Strip nightclub that Depp owned in the early 90s.

After years of carousing, he calmed down once the first “Pirates of the Caribbean” took off in 2003. The series made him a superstar, and very very rich.

But aside from “Finding Neverland,” Depp has never really had critical acclaim or box office success other than with Tim Burton. Their long collaboration includes “Sweeney Todd,” “Edward Scissorhands,” “Ed Wood,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Willy Wonka,” and “Dark Shadows.”

Depp has had a lot of big financial failures in recent years, however, including “The Lone Ranger” and “Mortdecai.” Plus, the “Pirates” franchise is starting to show big signs of age. “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” done without Burton, is failing this weekend. The combination of that and this mess with Amber Heard is not good. Depp has got to pull it together.

But if you’re new to the Depp saga, or 1994 is before you were interested in such things, just a reminder: Johnny Depp was never a wallflower. He has the police record to prove it.


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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