June 30, 2009, 4:23 p.m. CST
I saw this last week. It was all right/
June 30, 2009, 4:28 p.m. CST
June 30, 2009, 4:37 p.m. CST
He's a charming fucker. Never tries too hard, just says enough. Good stuff.
June 30, 2009, 4:42 p.m. CST
by Evil Sean
I feel like I already read this a couple weeks ago. Was there a preview or a did you guys post it, then yank it because the studio wanted you to wait?
June 30, 2009, 4:44 p.m. CST
by GibsonUSA Returns
June 30, 2009, 4:47 p.m. CST
in Chicago last week?
June 30, 2009, 4:50 p.m. CST
by GibsonUSA Returns
I hope be works to ensure that Pirates 4 is tight and focused...and not too long. 1.5 hrs is long enough for such a movie imo.
June 30, 2009, 4:54 p.m. CST
from others, because he has not seen any of his films.
June 30, 2009, 4:54 p.m. CST
I think just the Pirates bit was posted. I was a little confused to when I read this. <br> <br> Depp's interviews are always a fun read.
June 30, 2009, 4:58 p.m. CST
Or maybe it's French living and cigarettes. The sumbitch looks younger every year.
June 30, 2009, 5:06 p.m. CST
Even for The Dark Knight I don't remember seeing him on any talk shows or anything really? Is he just that grizzled and angry? Such a mysterious person.
June 30, 2009, 5:13 p.m. CST
of a Starbucks employee.
June 30, 2009, 5:17 p.m. CST
There is a scene in the movie where Dillinger is hiding out at a place called Little Bohemia is northern WI. It is an old resort in Manitowish Waters WI where I have a cabin. I have dined there many times, and they still retain the old windows where the bullets pierced and an old balcony that is all shot up too. They even have a collection of Dillinger's personal belongings that he left as he fled. It is all very authentic and cool. If you are in there neighborhood, you should check it out. They shot there on the actual location for the movie, and there are multiple shots of the place. The food is decent too. Can't wait to see it on the big screen! Cheers.
June 30, 2009, 5:25 p.m. CST
...I just wish they would show alittle more than depp wielding around his tommy gun.
June 30, 2009, 5:27 p.m. CST
complete and total shit idea. Nothing against Depp (he's a fine actor). He's too big a name for the flick. My vote goes to Michael C. Hall as The Riddler.
June 30, 2009, 5:33 p.m. CST
Seems to be taking a back seat more and more. And when it does come out, there's more and more padding in it each week..... Does Johnny Depp ever laugh?
June 30, 2009, 5:44 p.m. CST
by GibsonUSA Returns
Every single villian in Batman since Nicholson has arguably been a big name, except for maybe Begins.
June 30, 2009, 5:53 p.m. CST
There is absolutely nothing this man can't do and I really don't think he's ever given a bad performance, even with mediocre scripts. I even love his work in the 9th Gate.
June 30, 2009, 5:59 p.m. CST
You were basically at a press conference..wow..AICN..
June 30, 2009, 6:02 p.m. CST
THERE - WILL - BE - NO - JOKER in Batman 3.
June 30, 2009, 6:22 p.m. CST
Can you imagine any other profession saying this? Pavrotti? Yeah, I sang "Ave Maria" but I never gave it a listen. Orson Welles? Yeah, I acted out War of the Worlds across the airwaves that caused people to freak out and some even kill themselves but I never really gave it a thought to listen to the playback. What bullshit is this? What hubris! Look how quirky I am! I'm even so above seein MY OWN MOVIES. I think he's just trying to be eccentric like his idols Hunter S. Thomson, etc, as Depp makes it a point to say he doesn't watch himself in every single interview. Sure you don't, Johnny. We believe you. Just like Michael Jackson had vitiligo, yeah right. Celebrities are full of themselves and full of shit. I like Johnny Depp but I can't stand this type of ego-fueld crappola.
June 30, 2009, 6:24 p.m. CST
Also, good thing you didn't put the Hello, How are you's and all that stuff ;)
June 30, 2009, 6:36 p.m. CST
by Bouncy X
well i can relate, i know i hate seeing myself in photos or video footage. if i ever became an actor, i know i wouldnt be able to watch my movies. if i was doing a movie based on something i was a big fan of, i might try but yeah. i can get why many say that. though with all the premieres (especially for major movies), it seems hard to believe they dont see it at least once.
June 30, 2009, 6:44 p.m. CST
but you asked about marion post coital
June 30, 2009, 6:47 p.m. CST
Because they always see the mistakes no matter what. Judi Dench is the same plus. Plus, theres the vanity issue. Most people hate how they look on camera.
June 30, 2009, 6:52 p.m. CST
want to watch your performances to make sure that you could improve your craft? I still call bullshit. If you ever ask any celebrity about somebody else's work the answer is always the same "I haven't seen it." I think celebrities go out of their way to distance themselves from the "normal" people and pretending like they're so above it all that they don't even see their own 20 million dollar performance seems disingenious to me.
June 30, 2009, 6:52 p.m. CST
I get cast in stuff occasionally, nothing big, an ad here or there, but I can't handle watching myself in anything. It's weird, I'm not thinking about it during the shoot, I'm just being a goofball, overacting, ect., but if I see myself doing that, it's deeply disturbing.
June 30, 2009, 7:04 p.m. CST
... you all aren't being paid 20 million plus a picture with the entire world discussing your performance. When you have that kind of responsibility to carry a picture isn't it kinda your duty to watch and critique and improve yourself? Don't you owe it to the studios who fork over the massives salary not too mention your fans? I mean, film is forever. Case in point, I remember reading a Michael Cain acting for film book once and he said that he once watched a movie of himself and it drove him nuts that he was a)blinking so much and b) that when speaking to the other actor in the scene in a close up he kept switching which eye he would look into of his scene partner while he was in close-up speaking. He said he learned from that to A) not blink for as long as he could as it added power to his stare and b) to pick one eye when speaking to your scene partner and stick to it, don't bounce back and forth. And you know, when I watch Michael Caine, I'll be damned if I don't watch for that sometimes and he's absolutely right it does make his performance more compelling, particularly in close-up. Conversely, whenever I see an actor over-blink (Ben Affleck) it drives me nuts or when I see an actor switch from eye to eye in rapid session while they are speaking, it's distracting. My point is, is that even little things like that can be learned and improved from watching your performance, or so sayeth Michael Cain, who I'd wager knows a bit about the craft of acting on camera by now, yes?
June 30, 2009, 7:06 p.m. CST
Seriously, the guy is consistent even when the movies are bad. It doesn't matter wheter or not you watch yourself because you're always going to wish you did things differently.
June 30, 2009, 7:23 p.m. CST
By memory? Even stage productions film themselves.
June 30, 2009, 7:56 p.m. CST
by GibsonUSA Returns
If you cast a no-name, or a relative unfamiliar face...that person could be labeled a wannabe.<BR><BR> You cast Edward Scissorhands, and its considered "cool" imo
June 30, 2009, 8:01 p.m. CST
Hey Beaks, next time grow some balls and ask those questions.
June 30, 2009, 8:03 p.m. CST
You forgot to ask Depp about the lights. Was Bale happy with them? ; )
June 30, 2009, 8:04 p.m. CST
by GibsonUSA Returns
Him and those two claymation dogs.<BR><BR> That would rule.
June 30, 2009, 8:37 p.m. CST
June 30, 2009, 8:43 p.m. CST
by Zeds Dead Baby
June 30, 2009, 8:54 p.m. CST
Michael Caine On Acting. A damn good book and video series and a must watch for anyone who wants to see the difference between stage acting and movie acting (or more precisely, "reacting").
June 30, 2009, 9:09 p.m. CST
Read: Mann's a bitch to work with.
June 30, 2009, 9:15 p.m. CST
Digital can look just fine when shot right... but for some reason, michael mann always uses low light and slow shutter and it just makes the digital look like horrible old video. he's the ONLY big name film maker who does it. <p>seriosuly, even i know how to shoot digital and get rid of that LOOK.... whats his problem??
June 30, 2009, 9:18 p.m. CST
The way people talk about Transformers 2 being a big mess and no plot and hard to follow and making no sense... THAT'S how i feel about the Pirates films. judging by Depps responces i think he feels the same way. <p>best review of Pirates was from 'ask the ninja" -- "It's like they got a bunch of monkeys to type randomly, then they put all the pages into a cannon and fired and then picked up all the mess and there was the script... and everyone is a pirate, even if you weren't a pirate in the film before, now you're a pirate - i don't want to spoil the film, but ...it's not very good."
June 30, 2009, 9:39 p.m. CST
I liked the first two Pirates movies. The third on was an overblown mess, though. For the next one, I hope they don't try to get all "amibitious" with the with 15 unconnected subplots in an attempt to make it "epic". A simple, tight (under two hours) adventure movie with Depp hamming it up as Jack Sparrow is all people really want to see. They don't need to try to make it "mythic". Depp is the real deal, though. I look forward to Public Enemies.
June 30, 2009, 9:43 p.m. CST
I agree. I must've read Michael Cain's book like 10-15 years ago and what he said was so basic but made such sense you wonder why you've never thought of the lessons he gives before. That's why Michael Caine has been so awesome for four decades in the movie business now I guess.
June 30, 2009, 9:52 p.m. CST
by GibsonUSA Returns
Just be straightforward. Like someone said, there doesnt need to be so many different subplots. It doesnt need to be some overblown wannabe-epic....with a tv soap opera season's worth of stories packed into an extended overblown 2.5 hr movie. <BR>A super refined, entertaining, 1.5 hr of fun is perrfect.<BR><BR> Also, I hope they limit the use of CG water...its just not convincing or scary. When they were dueling on the whirlpool, it did not feel scary AT ALL because it looked like a videogame. Real water makes the difference imo.
June 30, 2009, 11:22 p.m. CST
on the DVD, they actually did shoot most of it with real water. They built two huge ship replicas in a soundstage and had huge wind and machines throwing water on everyone.
June 30, 2009, 11:23 p.m. CST
Even what he considers his trash (21 Jump Street) I consider treasure. Been a fan since 95 with Don Juan DeMarco and Ed Wood and Edward Scissorhands. He was my pick for Joker before Heath was announced, and he's my pick if nolan comes back and does another with the clown prince of crime. Oh, and maybe not worrying about your looks helps keep him young. I remember reading Tracy Lords saying that she never saw him look at his reflection, and that most actors do.
June 30, 2009, 11:50 p.m. CST
by GibsonUSA Returns
Where they are jousting on the ship as the ship spins. At that point I couldnt even tell if it was real actors...cause it looked like CG animated people...along with the water.<BR> Once it starts looking like Shrek at Sea, its not scary anymore.
June 30, 2009, 11:52 p.m. CST
I'm sure there's a lot of things you could complain about in the pirates movies, but special effects is not one of them. The whirlpool sequence in World's End made me dizzy, whether it was CG water or not (the effects were so seamless that I wasn't really thinking about it). The pirates trilogy has some of the best use of CG I've ever seen, blending real sets/people and CG perfectly. The CG works because it's extending reality. Davey Jones feels real because the CG is playing off of the actor's performance.
June 30, 2009, 11:53 p.m. CST
god damn boring, long, crappy story, and missing all the fun of 1 and 2.
June 30, 2009, 11:56 p.m. CST
One is still the best. Dead Man's Chest had too many repetitive action scenes. World's End was very imaginitive, and I like all the "boring" character stuff. But that's just me.
July 1, 2009, 2:59 a.m. CST
You say that Depp is egotistical for claiming not to watch his movies. But you're claiming that he's lying simply because, and think about this, you claim he's lying because if you were a movie star, you'd watch your movies. So...Depp is lying because he claims to not do what you would do? And you're claiming his lies are "ego fueled?" It takes a rather large ego to accuse someone you don't know of lying about something you don't know anything about.
July 1, 2009, 3:05 a.m. CST
I just don't understand why he doesn't want to talk about 21 Jump Street. That was an awesome show and he was awesome in it.<br><br> If they ever do another Joker Depp is definitely the man.<br><br> You want to get the job done? Then hire Depp.
July 1, 2009, 4:01 a.m. CST
back in time to the Golden Age of Piracy. Stop dancing around the elephant in the room. Let's see some actual piracy -- broadsides, looting, pillaging, filthy lucre, Silver Train, Sid Meier-y kind of stuff, with a little fantastical nautical loresprinkled in. Less self-referential bringing back previous characters. Tightly wound plot like the first one. No dual protagonist heroes, like the first three, though. That was the downside of Tron.
July 1, 2009, 4:39 a.m. CST
This guy is a class act.
July 1, 2009, 5:31 a.m. CST
Came out of the 80s as an icon (this was in the 90s). He countered that Tom Cruise came out bigger and better. Well that may have been the case, but as of the 21st century JOHNNY DEPP > tom cruise MUHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH
July 1, 2009, 5:55 a.m. CST
by Spaz Medicine
Is there any sense that if this movie does well (which I am not really sure will be case) that Mann might still be able to put back together that awesome-sounding Hollywood Backlot period piece that Leo Dicaprio was attached to around the time of the strike??
July 1, 2009, 8:26 a.m. CST
If that's all you got out of my posts on the subject then your reading comprehension level is somewhere between retarded monkey and that kid actor with down's syndrome. My points went wayyy beyond the overly reductive way you put it and I have said all that I had so say on it and consider the topic exhausted. Moving on.
July 1, 2009, 8:56 a.m. CST
July 1, 2009, 9:03 a.m. CST
Depp does what he does well...period. Just like Cruise. He's a star. Loved him in Finding Neverland but he's always Depp playing (blank). Neither he nor Cruise is in the same league as Oldman, Lewis, Ledger etc. The best of this or any other generation??? C'mon.
July 1, 2009, 10:19 a.m. CST
July 1, 2009, 10:52 a.m. CST
There are more good reviews than bad at this point - and a lot of the heavy hitters (Ebert, Travers, Phillips) really liked it. I'm still psyched.
July 1, 2009, 11:06 a.m. CST
There are literally about a billion sites that spew out reviews and most of them are written by wannabes who think over-analyzing films with their pedantic, thesarus-infused banality is good critical writing. These same critics have also endorsed mediocrity like Drag Me to Hell so seriously, what the fuck do critics know?
July 1, 2009, 11:15 a.m. CST
Well the review I read was by a highly respected Washington Post critic, not some douchebag in his mom's basement with a blog.
July 1, 2009, 11:20 a.m. CST
as those actors you mention and frankly, Lewis isn't even an actor; he's a nut job who actually lives and simulates the experience which, when you really ponder the technique, isn't acting at all. As to Depp, he practically vanishes into every character he plays and his range is damn near limitless. You are of course entitled to your opinion but personally, I don't think very many actors could pull of Sweeny Todd, Jack Sparrow, Hunter S. Thompson, and a shiton others like Depp has and I certainly don't think any of the actors you mention have played nearly as wide a spectrum as Depp, though to be fair Ledger's run was cut woefully short.
July 1, 2009, 11:26 a.m. CST
It's Baletastic. See it today, because you might die tomorrow.
July 1, 2009, 11:27 a.m. CST
Is that really the same guy who played Captain Jack Sparrow? That's *acting*.
July 1, 2009, 12:57 p.m. CST
The NY Times, Roger Ebert, Rolling Stone, and LA Times all loved it, to name a few. It seems to be pretty divisive with critics over all.
July 1, 2009, 1:14 p.m. CST
You know you'll hate it. Nothing ever makes you ponces happy.
July 1, 2009, 1:22 p.m. CST
I always see and hear Depp in every role. He has the range of a bb gun. Ed Wood and Willy Wonka both sound like Jon Lovitz. He's good but someone like Denzel has far more range and is never talked about in such glowing terms. Just my two cents. Look at Oldmans work from Prick Up Your Ears to Sid and Nancy to Dracula. Or Heath from Brokeback to Dark Knight...their voice and physicality changes in a way I've never seen Depp achieve. Not a hater...but can't go to the wall for the guy.
July 1, 2009, 3:15 p.m. CST
It's just not that exciting or relevant. Depp is the best thing about it. Bring on Harry Potter.
July 1, 2009, 3:46 p.m. CST
But what about Christian? Haven't seen him much re: promoting this movie. Its not like Michael Mann and mcg are on he same tier.
July 1, 2009, 3:57 p.m. CST
Besides Joker can you name another role where Heath noticeably changed his voice, and no im not shooting you down im genuinely asking, his Joker is my fave character ever. And when I was sayin DEPP>cruise I was not just comparing them talent wise, but also personality, public response, etc. If you feel different then feel free to.
July 1, 2009, 5:15 p.m. CST
Actually the only other film I've seen Heath in was Brokeback and it was after Dark Knight. Compare his voice in those two movies.I caught it on cable and watched some scenes to see Heath and was knocked out by the character he created.<p> Don't get me wrong...I like Depp much more than I used to. Neverland and his role in that black and white western with Mitchum (title anyone?) were cool. But when I watch Cruise and Depp I enjoy them on a different level than chameleons like Oldman and Lewis.
July 2, 2009, 2:05 a.m. CST
who has played as many varied roles as Depp did? I don't think so.
July 2, 2009, 10:11 a.m. CST
July 2, 2009, 10:47 a.m. CST
Loved the first 2 "Pirates". The third looked freaking amazing, but what a mess of a storyline. But I'm ready for another go. So I'm keeping my crossbones um, crossed that the 4th will rock out loud. And I can't wait to see the Alice movie too. The pics look fantastic. Thank god for Depp - does amazing work and seems like a decent chap as well. Actors like him give Hollywood a little class, not to mention magic, both of which it's lacked in recent years, what with too many actors acting like whores and talking like Democrats. Ptoo! I spit on them.
July 2, 2009, 8:48 p.m. CST
by Gwai Lo
I see Depp in most of his roles too but I don't see why you brought up Denzel as an example of someone with range. Denzel does about two things, albeit pretty decently: goddamn earnest as hell and goddamn hard as hell. Both usually involve waving a gun around. Brad Pitt has more range than Denzel, nevermind the type of Joker/Ennis Del Mar range Heath Ledger was starting to show.