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Fun Facts You Didn't Know About Johnny Depp

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Johnny Depp has played a doomed teen boyfriend, a teen cop, a teen rebel, a pirate, a lizard, and all manner of wide-eyed, pale and/or maniacal Tim Burton characters. He's one of the biggest and most recognizable movie stars of all time, and he keeps redefining himself, shifting from mega-franchises like Pirates of the CaribbeanThe Lone Ranger, and Alice in Wonderland to small character-based dramas like Black Mass.

But who is Johnny Depp? What's his regular life like outside of his movie career? We've pored through Depp's personal history and biography to his various interviews, stories, and anecdotes to present a veritable wiki of trivia, fun facts, and quotes. Whether you love him as a wacky caricature or serious actor, there is so much to learn about the man.

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    He Was People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive Twice

    People's annual "Sexiest Man Alive" issue has featured Depp on the cover not once but twice, in 2003 and again in 2009

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    Has Worked With Tim Burton Eight Times

    Directors often work with actors numerous times when chemistry between the two is especially potent. Scorsese has Leo and De Niro, David Fincher has Brad Pitt, Spielberg has Tom Hanks, and Tim Burton has Johnny Depp.

    They've worked together eight times now. Their other collaborations are Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow, Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd, Alice in Wonderland, and Dark Shadows.

    Source: IMDB

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    He Tried To Meet Mobster Whitey Bulger Before Playing Him

    Whenever actors are set to appear in biopics, it is common for them to meet the individual they're cast to portray. Unfortunately for Depp, who plays James 'Whitey' Bulger in Black Mass, the mobster wasn't interested. “I asked to meet James Bulger through his attorney, Jay Carney, and—as expected—I knew this wouldn’t happen. Bulger respectfully declined because I don’t believe he was a great fan of the book Black Mass.. . . I also don’t believe he was a great fan of any of the books written about him.”

    Fortunately for Depp, Carney agreed to help him with the character. The lawyer eventually stated that when Johnny got into character, he felt like Whitey was right there on set. 

    Source: Vanity Fair

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    He Designed Captain Jack Sparrow's Appearance, Much to Disney's Dismay

    Originally Disney wanted Captain Jack Sparrow to be much more the suave, swashbuckling, Errol Flynn type. So of course they cast teen hearththrob Johnny Depp. Then Depp came in suggesting he be rip roaring drunk, filthy, and with a mouthful of gold teeth. Disney initially said no, but eventually relented and made all of the money of the character.

     He wanted to go even further with the character, like having him have no nose and be deathly afraid of pepper etc. But still, he got his way with the character for the most part. Now he's easily on of the most iconic and profitable characters at Disney.

    Source: IMDB