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The 7 Greatest (True) Johnny Depp Stories Ever Told

Updated January 6, 2021 1.6m views7 items
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Johnny Depp is a badass. Here are some of the greatest things he's ever done (off-screen). Some of these Johnny Depp stories are hard to believe but most have indisputable proof; they are all amazing and sound exactly like the kind of awesome thing the most lavish, eccentric celebrities (that we actually like) would do. From surprising a little girl at her school, to stopping a mugging with a single look, to saving a horse he rode in a movie, here are the greatest (true) Johnny Depp stories.
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    Johnny Depp Saves Ichabod Crane's Horse from Death

    Johnny Depp makes a lot of friends, and when he makes them, they're friends forever. He takes care of those he loves. He was even once quoted saying "If someone were to harm my family or a friend or somebody I love, I would eat them. I might end up in jail for 500 years, but I would eat them."

    When Depp took on the role of Ichabod Crane in Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow, he rode a horse who played the character "Gunpowder." 

    After production, the one-eyed horse was to be destroyed, until Depp, upon hearing this news, adopted the horse, named Goldeneye, thereby saving him from the glue factory. "He's the kind of guy that would be really sweet to a girl and bring her flowers," Traci Lords once remarked, "but still take a pee in the alley."

    Speaking of pee, maybe Depp was just grateful to the horse, as after filming a scene where he's dragged behind a carriage, Depp was asked what it was like to be dragged through the woods behind a speeding carriage. "I wasn't afraid of getting hurt, I was just afraid that the horses may relieve themselves on the journey."

    So hey, if you ever do something for the guy, he remembers it.

    Further proving his commitment to his loved ones, Depp donated the fee he earned for The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus to Heath Ledger's daughter, after his untimely death. After hearing Depp's idea, Jude Law and Colin Farrell did the same.
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    Johnny Depp Buys Over $62,000 in Jackets for Pirates Crew

    A lot of actors think they're God's gift to the world and the absolute star of the show, but Johnny Depp knows that it takes a whole crew to make a good movie. So when Depp rolls in style, the whole film crew rolls in style.

    On a rainy day on the set of his latest film Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Johnny Depp reportedly spent about $64,200 on warm jackets for all 500 of the crew members. True, that ain't a whole lot of money – considering the fact that he owns an island and a $13 million estate in Italy – but it's still a grand gesture and awesome thing to do.

    The guy is classy to say the least.

    Depp has also been very public about his love affair with wine, even sporting his famous tattoo "Wino Forever" (although it once said "Winona Forever" when the actor was dating the cute, thieving fellow celebrity Winona Ryder). He is so enthusiastic for good wine, in fact, that he even flies crates of them to wherever he's filming for himself, the cast, and the entire film crew.

    He did this on the set of Public Enemies where he had ten crates of his homegrown wine (Yes, Johnny Depp even owns his own vineyard) flown in from France to keep him and the rest of the crew going. That's 4,147 sky miles for a never-ending pour of wine.


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    Johnny Depp Goes Out of His Way to Speak for Wrongfully Convicted Trio

    The West Memphis ThreeDamien Echols, 19, Jason Baldwin, 16, and Jessie Misskelley, 17, were three teenagers who were wrongfully convicted of the murders of three eight-year-old boys who were found in a drainage ditch mutilated and beaten to death in 1993. It was believed that the teenagers were performing a Satanic ritual.

    Echols was sentenced to death, and Baldwin and Misskelley were sentenced to life in prison.

    "If there was the tiniest sliver of doubt [of their innocence], I wouldn't be here," said Johnny Depp after being asked why he supported them and how he could be sure if they were innocent.

    Arkansas courts refuse to give the three a retrial, but Depp continues to publicly stand with them in their cause to be tried fairly.

    There is absolutely no physical evidence that ties the convicted three to the actual crime scene.

    After seeing a documentary, Depp became deeply intrigued and empathetic to the case of the three and continues to go out of his way to defend these innocent men that Arkansas courts refuse to try fairly at every chance he can.

    Most celebrities, especially Depp, have a lot going on every single day with promoting their films, and making shoot dates, as well as living their own lives, yet he continues to make efforts for causes he can directly impact, just like this one.