After a very long career Johnny Depp is back, the real talent of the man behind the many faces that mesmerized us on the silver screen is back.
At the age of 52 Johnny is considered one of the most prolific actors of his generation, with characters verging from the Frankenstein-esque Edward Scissor hands (1990) all the way to the mediocre Mortedcai (2014)
While the general audience loves Depp’s more popular roles, from Captain Jack Sparrow (2003, 2006, 2007 & 2011), and a few classics such as Donnie Brasco (1997) alongside Al Pacino, Ninth Gate (1999), and the dark eerie thriller Secret Window (2004). Johnny Depp is an actor whose glorious performances are beyond these few characters and the Burton Collaborations.
Here is a list of the less known Johnny Depp master performances:
Benny & Joon (1993)
Johnny is not the lead actor in this romantic movie, but he manages to steal away the show, with an awkward character that is believable and in search of someone to care for him, in this performance Johnny shows a talent for making use of everything at hand to trigger the laughs the audiences need. It is a performance that reminds us how good Depp is even without the use of make-up.
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? (1993)
Johnny is Gilbert in this masterpiece of a movie by director Lasse Hallstrom, who manages to push the boundaries with Gilbert and his brother played by a young Leonardo DiCaprio a match up that works magically and drives tears of joy and compassion out of the soul, for these are two perfect talents tangoing together in a dream like life.
Arizona Dream (1993)
In this auteur film by Emir Kusturica Johnny plays Axel a young man lost in an unrealistic and dazzling love triangle. If dreams were wished upon this is one flaming love story that throws of the bounds of reality and itches between the nightmarish fantasies and the dreamy realities.
Dead Man (1995)
Depp is William Blake in Jim Jarmusch’s western poem, a native American journey between the land of the living and the life of the dead, a brutal insight into the world of spirituality along with dashing cinematography and yes Johnny has make up and he does recite a line or two of poetry, and delivers them with utter magic.
The Libertine (2006)
Considered to be one of the lesser films of Johnny Depp, but this dark shameless comedy, is a political and artistic slap in the face for the whole of Europe precisely and the world in general, for speech focused audiences, no, Depp doesn’t have the best accent for this role, but he sure delivers some of the best lines ever uttered in cinematic history.
The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus (2009)
After the death of fellow actor Heath Ledger, Johnny put on the face make up and got on set to help finish an unfinished Terry Gilliam project, Depp is one section of the film a memorable section that is filled with Johnny moments in a very Alice in Wonderland like setting, only darker and more mature than the Tim Burton adaptation.
Apart from True Grit by the Coen Brothers, Rango might easily be the best Western movie of the past few years a film so well done with homages verging from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas all the way to The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, and throughout the musical course of the film, the exciting adventures of Lizard Rango are bound to entertain and the punch lines are sure to put a smile on your face for years to come… just keep an eye for the slithering snakes.
Black Mass is in Theatres around Lebanon as of the 1st of October, and it is Johnny Depps best performance since Public Enemies in (2009)