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Hey folks, Harry here with a bit of news from the UK's Sky TV. Their beautiful correspondent sat down with Terry Gilliam while at Cannes and did the amazing. Talked with him on camera about nothing but THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE!!! That's right, and the video is available in Real Video format I believe it's called at This Location and for you folks that can't see the video... I'll give you a few highlights. First off, Terry has 100% of his money in place to shoot his next film. Second, he will begin shooting in Spain in September, shooting almost all of the film around and about Madrid. (Which btw, is where Guillermo Del Toro begins shooting THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE in two weeks) Third, he's working with Johnny Depp again because he really likes Depp and gives him an avalanche of compliments. ALL DESERVED I MIGHT ADD FOR HIS BRILLIANT HUNTER S THOMPSON IN THE BRILLIANT FILM "FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS"!!! Now Johnny will be playing "The Man Who". He also loves the fact that Johnny Depp will allow himself to be buried in makeup and can be serious and silly. Vanessa Paradis (Johnny Depp's real life girlfriend) was cast after Gilliam saw her in THE GIRL ON THE BRIDGE.... which by the way is possibly tied with SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE as my favorite film I've seen this year. A friggin fantastic film!!! Apparently after Gilliam saw her in the film, he hopped on the computer and emailed ol Johnny and told him how fantastic his girlfriend was and how she had to be in the movie. NOW... lest you think that be bullshit.... In THE GIRL ON THE BRIDGE... if you don't fall in love with Vanessa. She is absolutely radiant in that film. When Gilliam says that he cast her because of her performance in that film.... I BELIEVE HIM!!! She's entrancing in that film. Personally... I'm giddy that Gilliam is working again. He's one of the great directors working in cinema today!

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  • May 23, 2000, 6:01 a.m. CST

    Good Omens?

    by ET

    What about Good Omens which may not have Depp attached but has loads of potential. By the way I could be first but I don't care

  • May 23, 2000, 6:04 a.m. CST


    by Toshlines

    Top news. Its been far too long since Leaving Las Vegas, which was fantastic.Depp, along with Ed Norton is one of the best. I don't know much about this Man Who Killed... film - has the Watchmen film/Mini series been killed stone dead? Oh, and should I mention TPM? Every other bloody talk back does.

  • May 23, 2000, 6:26 a.m. CST

    "but who's gonna play The Man Who Killed Who Killed Jonny Depp B

    by Jon L. Ander

    don't even bother Dirtfish. And I probably would rather see good omens than this.

  • I have never been a big fan of Terry Gilliams. Any director who works with Johnny (I'm Cool) Depp, Jeff Bridges and Robin Williams deserves to be forced to direct epidsodes of Friends until he begs for mercy. Depp, Bridges and Williams are a plague on good film, Depp because he chooses projects for their 'Cult' reputation rather than their quality, Bridges because he is so damn boring and would never have made it as an actor if his daddy wasn't famous he makes a Conservative politician look carismatic! And Williams because of all the soppy crap that he keeps making and because he wastes all of his comedic genius with that soppy crap. Terry Gilliam may well be one of the most talented and visualy astounding directors working today but until his choice of actor improves I won't bother with him!

  • May 23, 2000, 6:50 a.m. CST

    By the way great Magnolia cartoon Harry! I notice Johnny Depp w

    by Dirtfish

    Magnolia is superb!

  • May 23, 2000, 7:14 a.m. CST

    Don Q

    by Mole

    No director explroes the malleability of reality like Terry Gilliam. The man is my total hero. I thank you.

  • May 23, 2000, 7:20 a.m. CST

    Fear and Loathing

    by mephisto666

    I have to say I don't normally like Depp, but really enjoyed Fear and Loathing, which came as a great shock to me. Then he went back to being a bit crap in Sleepy Hollow. Must have been a fluke. However, I have liked much of Gilliam's work in the past, so I do want to see how this turns out.

  • May 23, 2000, 7:23 a.m. CST

    Brilliant Fear & Loathing????? WTF!

    by emorr

    That movie was just god-AWFUL!!!!!!!!

  • May 23, 2000, 8:36 a.m. CST

    Gilliam is the best

    by Tuttle

    Ever since my parents introduced me to Gilliam with Brazil, I have been a rabid fan. He does everything well and is the most consistently interesting filmaker. His pictures are filed to the brim with nuggets of wonder and joy. It is great to see someone succeed who has as much passion and skill.

  • May 23, 2000, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Wow, Dirtfish....

    by Hero For Hire

    You managed to dis three great actors and one legendary director in one post. And what have you done with your life that's so much better?

  • May 23, 2000, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Gilliam, Depp, Fear and Loathing Etc

    by Smapdi

    I always feel that someone needs to point out that there will always be dissenting opinions about which actor is brilliant/sucks, which director is brilliant/sucks, or which movie is brilliant/sucks. (Though I think we can all agree that Battlefield Earth is just huge loads of crap flung at the screen). I am firm believer in the brilliance of one Terry Gilliam and have been since his days as cartoonist extraordinaire in Monty Python. Having seen every little crappy thing that Gilliam has directed, I really do feel that he is one of the most talented directors out there. Even if you do not agree with his vision, you can at least acknowledge that he HAS a vision, unlike so many others. And yes, I am a Depp fan and I felt that Fear and Loathing was a bizarre and wonderful amalgamation of great acting and directing. Depp's ability to totally lose himself in a role as subversive as Thompson was brought to a thing of beauty by Gilliam, who incidentally did marvels with that loung lizzard scene. I have no idea what this new flick is going to be about, but be sure that I will be there as soon as it opens. And like so many before me, I feel I should mention TPM and Bruce Campbell...and since I've already trashed BE is there anything missing? TIMMAY!

  • May 23, 2000, 10:25 a.m. CST


    by Money G

    An earlier post said it's been a while since "Leaving Las Vegas." Uh, we are talking about Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which sucked by the way. Only Battlefield Earth and Howard the DUck were worse films.

  • May 23, 2000, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Interesting news, BUT

    by monkeylucifer

    What is this film about??? I have been a fan of Gilliam since I saw "Time Bandits" in the theater as a youngster, and I was looking forward to seeing him direct "Good Omens" but I guess that's fallen by the wayside now. To all you people who complain about "Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas", well if you didn't like it, you didn't like's not like Gilliam came over to you house and shit in your 'frig...cut the guy some slack. Quite frankly, I enjoyed it.

  • May 23, 2000, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Terry Gilliam is a vsionary.

    by segundo

  • May 23, 2000, 11:15 a.m. CST

    by monodreme

    Depp's an excellent actor. I can understand people not liking him - he's such a pretty boy and all, but even in Sleepy Hollow, the British accent was lovingly clipped, the delivery dry. If only he was ugly. And Gilliam: I saw him in discussion with Ruby Wax. She was trying to depress him with the disappointing box office of Baron Munchausen. He just smiled big style and explained to her how bitter she was. He also explained that he came to Britain originally because of the bottom-joke-humour. Big respect for that man. AND HARRY - how about a permanent page of ALL of those Harry animations? We'd all love you for it. Honest.

  • May 23, 2000, 11:22 a.m. CST


    by Toshlines

    Visionary, yeah, yeah. However, If anyone even attempts to defend Jabberwocky, I'll get upset. Not a good film. Don't come the first film, no money line either. It is crap. Oh, and Baron Munchausen still manages to look cheap in spite of its budget. I think Gilliam's biggest flaw is that he simply tries to do too much in any one frame of film, sometimes its amazing, sometimes tis naff. And How anyone can lay into Jeff Bridges....have you actually seen any of his films? The Big Lebowski is one of my all time faves. Fool. Crazy one at that.

  • May 23, 2000, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Joe le Taxi, c'est elle?

    by Reader

    I love Terry Gilliam, I like Johnny Depp, but really didn't enjoy Fear and Loathing. It was just hours of watching unpleasant people hallucinate and get sick. I can take only so much of that. But here's my question for the Francophiles among us (are there any?. I spent the summer of '87 in France, and the #1 pop song was "Joe le Taxi" by Vanessa Paradis. She was like 12 or 14 or somehing at the time. Is this the same chick?

  • May 23, 2000, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Okay Dirtfish, you've convinced me...

    by QUIXOTE

    ...that you're a mongloid idiot! If you want to make lame jokes about how "wooden" Johnny Depp is, that's fine. However, your consistent attack on his career choices is not only appallingly stupid but an offense to anyone who cares about the ART of film. Here is an actor who has shown a real commitment to working, primarily, on offbeat and challenging (not "cool") material. Would you prefer that he chose his roles entirely on their box-office potential? I think we have quite enough actors like that already. Don't you? Also, your attack on Jeff Bridges, one of the best (and least appreciated) actors of our time, gives further evidence of your moron status. Normally, I accept everyone's opinions as equally valid, but you sir know NOTHING about the art of film acting. Your "insights" are ill- informed and expressed in the most superficial manner imaginable. Either get some taste or stop vomiting up your asinine opinions.

  • May 23, 2000, 12:02 p.m. CST

    F&L & The Big L

    by David Lopan

    Benicio Del Toro's performance in F&LILV is one of the great ones of the past 3 or 4 years. Whether you find drug humor funny or not, the depth and consistency he gives the character is incredible. It reminds me of John Goodman in Big Lebowski. You walk away from those movies wishing you could hang out with Walter and Dr. Gonzo, just to see what they will do next. And in both movies, these characters are so engaging that they almost overshadow the Dude and Mr. Duke. But upon reviewing it in your head, you realize that it is the incredibly strong performances by Depp and Bridges that allow the emergence of such strong secondary characters. We are almost seeing them through the Dude and Mr. Duke. Both movies are in the top 5 for the decade. And as far as calling Depp a "wooden" performer, take another look at the ether binge scene for his physical abilities and the lounge lizard scene for his vocal nimbleness. And don't even get started on Terry Gilliam, a totally uncompromising artist who makes movies his way, to the point where he will fight a huge studio to keep his vision pure. If Tom Cruise really wants to take MI3 in another direction, hook up with Terry Gilliam. THAT, i would pay $9 to see.

  • May 23, 2000, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Vanessa Paradis

    by NUXX4

    You better belive it, Reader - The one and same. I think she went out with Lenny Kravitz a few years back. Looks like she

  • May 23, 2000, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Good for him !

    by Syd Mead

    The Fisher King and Twelve Monkeys were pretty darn it's nice to see Terry make anything. I'll watch his home can you bitch about this guy??? He had the balls to say WTF when Godzilla was the final film shown at that shitty French Film Fest known at Cannes Festival. --Syd.

  • May 23, 2000, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Good for him ! Oops..

    by Syd Mead

    The Fisher King and Twelve Monkeys were pretty darn it's nice to see Terry make anything. I'll watch his home can you bitch about this guy??? He had the balls to say WTF when Godzilla was the final film shown at that shitty French Film Fest known AS the Cannes Festival. --Syd.

  • May 23, 2000, 12:47 p.m. CST

    DAMN! I wish he was doing Harry Potter.

    by twindaggerturkey

    Chris Columbus is so suck, (as the subtitle would say.) Does anyone else think TIME BANDITS is his best movie?

  • May 23, 2000, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Gilliam is a great visionary

    by Fatal Discharge

    ...who made that stinkfest Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas. Maybe you had to BE on drugs to enjoy that film but I wouldn't wish that torture on anyone. But hopefully that is his one misstep. I love everything else he's done, no-one brings fantasy to the screen like he does: Monty Python And The Holy Grail, Time Bandits, Brazil, The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen, The Fisher King, and Twelve Monkeys all reach greatness. It does bug me that it takes him so long to finance a film that sometimes exciting projects get left by the roadside like Watchmen. Someone should give this man a contract to make a film a year.

  • May 23, 2000, 3:12 p.m. CST

    It's your turn now, Montag606....

    by mephisto666

    By the way, Fear and Loathing rules! It was faithful to the book and it was funny. What more do you want? 'I am Ahab...!'

  • May 23, 2000, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Johnny Depp and his ablity to act like a stick!

    by Dirtfish

    I'm not saying that Jeff Bridges is a bad actor its just that I can't stand him, I remember watching the Fisher King and thinking god this guy really bothers me. Its a personal thing I can't understand it, i know he's good because you all say he is but I can't stand him. I have the same problem with Willem Dafoe. How can you forgive that beard Bridges grew for King Kong? Its like he wins the lead role in a multi-million pound remake of one of the most important films of all time and he decides to grow the biggest beard of all time! The beard had a personality of its own! Forget the 100ft Ape its that beard that captures the imagination! WOW! Think of the things that must have got lost in that beard....Jimmy Hoffa, Glenn Miller, David Caruso's career! That Beard must have been grown in a laboratory and then attached to Bridges face! He must have worn some sort of back support because of weight! Who in their right mind would grow something like that just as fame came calling?

  • May 23, 2000, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Drug Experience Preferred but not Essential

    by Dr Benway

    After walking out of the theater following my first viewing of 'Fear and Loathing,' I literally felt as if I had just spent an entire night having a rather bad (yet strangely edifying) trip. But after that potentially grueling first viewing, the film has a tendency to grow on you if you let it. Its lack of traditional narrative allows you to cut into it at any point. Watch the second half first. Watch the middle. Watch one scene, then turn it off. Eventually you may find yourself simply reveling in the craftsmanship, the subversive wit, and above all the extraordinary performances by Depp and Del Toro. I've read the book, and I can't say that I've ever been able to fully grasp the "point" of Thompson's story, unless the apparent pointlessness is the point. Perhaps, in the words of Homer Simpson, "it's just a bunch of stuff that happened." Either way, who cares? Sit back, relax, and watch Depp eat half a gram in one gulp off the end of a hunting knife, or Del Toro thrash about in the bathtub, unintelligibly demanding to be electrocuted to the strains of 'White Rabbit.' (Tip for DVD owners: turn the English subtitles on.) If you can free yourself of your narrative expectations and just start laughing at it all, then maybe you've gotten the point. Or not. Fuck it. 'Fear and Loathing' might not have much entertainment value for a lot of people, but as with Cronenberg's 'Crash,' no one can mistake the director for not having the courage of his perverse convictions. **** P.S. Personally, I still long for the slightly more manic, decidedly more English Gilliam of the eighties, before his semi-acceptance into the mainstream with 'Fisher King.' Seeing 'Baron Munchausen' in a theater for the first time at age 16 was the closest thing to cinematic nirvana I had experienced since 'Star Wars' at age five. To corrupt a quote from 'Fight Club,' it made other movies feel like they had their aesthetic volume turned down. Likewise for 'Brazil.' Long live TG.

  • May 23, 2000, 5:32 p.m. CST

    "Good Omens" dead in the water

    by FredMan

    To the poster at the top (I forget your name, sorry) who asked about the status of Gilliam's involvement with the adaptation of "Good Omens" by Pratchett & Gaiman, I regret to report that he is no longer involved and it is doubtful whether any other director is interested in the project. The full story as well as updates can be found at The rundown is basically thus, Gilliam wants to devote all of his time and energy to "Don Quixote". After all, he's been wanting to do such a film almost all his life. Whether he will return to "good Omens" later remains to be seen. At this time, no other directors have expressed interested

  • May 23, 2000, 5:36 p.m. CST

    So, Dirtfish...

    by Jonny Quest

    Ever since I've started coming to AICN I've read your continuous and unfunny posts about how wooden you consider Johnny Depp acting to be (By which I can only assume you've never seen Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas... all of which contain great, VARIED performances by Depp). So tell us, just who do you consider to be a GOOD actor? Are you ever going to give any intellegent REASONS why you consider Depp to be so bad? You're entitled to your opinion, of course, but BACK IT UP. Don't just keep hurling the same insult over and over again. It's infantile and incredibly boring to read.

  • May 23, 2000, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Fear And Loathing

    by Sefster

    Fear and Loathing is so brilliant it is unbelievable which is one of the reasons a lot of people don't like it. I have never seen a movie be able to capture the spirit as well as the story of a book so wonderfully. Unfortunately, if you cannot get on the wavelength of the book, you would find the film frustrating. Regardless, to call is terrible is closeminded unless you have a critique on where you believe the film failed to reach its goals.

  • May 23, 2000, 6:59 p.m. CST

    You People Make Me Sick

    by ElTravi

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Perhaps the best film in history, perhaps the worst. For all you people that say "it sucked", I can bet you didn't even watch the whole movie or just didn't understand it. It's about how disgusting America has become, and how one man (Depp) tries to find something in America that hasn't been destroyed by politics, something that hasn't been trashed by ignorance and racism, he is searching for the American Dream, and in the end, can't find it. As for Jeff Bridges and "The Big Lewbowski", I find Bridges as a solid actor, and I deeply enjoyed the film, it has become one of my all time favorites, because it is a comedy that doesn't have annoying characters, and there's not one moment in the film that isn't enjoyable. Well, hat's about all. Peace

  • May 23, 2000, 6:59 p.m. CST

    Gilliam & god

    by and&and!

    Sure, opinions differ (some are right and some are just wrong); but Cyclonus, you confuse me: "Gilliam knows what he wants, and does as he feels. He has a vision, and he follows it. That's what film making is all about. Twelve Monkeys was great, and Brazil was good too.." the first half of this quote is absolutely correct. Gilliam is a god among directors because of the clear vision he brings to a project, and the fervant determination he carries all the way through, even at great personal or professional cost ("The battle of Brazil" is highly recommended reading for a summation of the passion and guts he brings to a project, and also includes a version of the script of that exceptional movie complete with some of the details which were hacked out in the war with the studio). All of which leads to the part of the quote I can't comprehend: calling Brazil a "good" film. Yeah, and that sistine chapel ceiling mural is a nice paint job. That legendary piece of cinema does something few films can: it broadens the [open-minded, alert] viewers' perception of 'reality' with its exploration of pre-cognition in dreams (part of what Mole, above, calls the "maleability of reality") and the picture shines a farcical, absurdist light on some harsh real life political realities of life in a modern "police state" in which the "war on terrorists (or "war on some drugs") provides an easy conduit for politicians and police authorities to succeed in the vast invasion, and ultimate erosion, of civil liberties. All in all, Brazil stands as the finest work yet from an immensely talented, inordinately brave "Don Quixote" of the movie industry. That's all. Over&out

  • May 23, 2000, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Terry Gilliam Is From Minnesota

    by Nickolai

    Yep. Jus like me and im goin to film school in Maine in June! Sweet!

  • May 23, 2000, 11:04 p.m. CST

    Jerkie McJerk...

    by Agent_X

    You are my hero. I saw FEAR & LOATHING twice and don't ever want to see it again. It was interesting at best. However, I think Terry Gilliam is a good director. He made THE FISHER KING for cryin' out loud! He gets kudos for that one at least. McJerk, please keep up the excremental remarks up. They make my constipation not so bad.

  • May 23, 2000, 11:26 p.m. CST

    Depp is a fine actor! Quit hackin on him.

    by YerAllAgainstMe

    Sure he's made some bad movies, but so has 99.9% of the actors out there. I was there with the itchy trigger finger when Depp made the jump (pun intended) from TV to movies. But grew to love him for actually testing his acting abilities. He's got one of the widest ranges of talent in Hollywood today with great roles under his belt like Ed Wood, Hunter S. Thompson, Edward Scissorhands, Ichabod Crane, and Donnie Brasco. He's also taken to working with great/misunderstood directors like Terry Gilliam, Tim Burton, and John Waters. And I'm sure we can add this next project to his list of underrated performances. You all hate him because he's doing what an actor should do, and that's test his bounds. If you want formula, go check out Meg Ryan in her next tear-jerker, coming to a theater near you!

  • May 24, 2000, 12:12 a.m. CST

    I agree with YerAllAgainstMe

    by ElTravi

    He is exactly right. Depp is testing his boundaries, which is rare nowadays, most actors are just looking for money. You probably wouldn't think this, but Brad Pitt also tests his boundaries, he tried to play many different characters. If you don't believe me, just look at all his films. Peace

  • May 24, 2000, 3:05 a.m. CST

    "Flying hogfish? I saw a gliding hogfish once, never flying. N

    by balthazar

    "Jabberwocky" is great. I look forward to its future DVD release, and hopefully it will be given the grand Criterion treatment like that of "Brazil", "Time Bandits" and "The Adventures of Baron Muchaunsen."

  • I have never said that Depp is a bad actor! I just feel that he has wasted his immense talent with poor career choices! I have never seen Depp give a great performance that just astounds everyone. Like Hanks in Philadelphia, Cruise in 4th July, Norton in American History, De Niro in Raging Bull, Cage in Leaving Las Vegas, Rush in Shine etc.... Depp has never done a role like their, Depp always does offbeat stuff that is interesting but never substancial. Depp needs to use that talent of his and make some films that people will be interested in, I would have loved to see Depp in Saving Private Ryan, Fight Club, Eyes Wide Shut, Truman Show, Boogie Nights, Three Kings etc Instead he wastes his time and talent making films like The Astronaunts Wife! Why can't he be more like Cruise and Hanks who give great performances in films that people want to see. There should be a happy medium to Depp's work, he should do the off-beat stuff but combine it with stuff that will be popular. There are great roles in Hollywood, just cause a film has commercial appeal doesn't mean that the role is worthless. Depp should consider the role, pick the powerhouse role, he could be great if he did and became a huge star with box-office clout and a superb acting ability. He could join Hanks and Cruise. Hollywood and fame are shouting "come in Johnny Depp your time is up".

  • May 24, 2000, 4:48 a.m. CST

    Depp's versatility

    by vesterdal

    I'm not going to join the so-called debate about whether or not Johnny Depp sucks as an actor. I'm a hard-core Depp-fan, so that says it all. I do, however, want to make a point about his future movies. He has just finished Ted Demme's Blow, in which he plays a real-life drug smuggler ( if you go by the book on which the movie is based, I think it's safe to say that this guy shoveled more cocaine up his nose than Hunter S. Thompson will ever dream about ). After this drug fest, Johnny, is currently working with Lasse Hallstr

  • May 24, 2000, 5:02 a.m. CST

    To Dirtfish

    by vesterdal

    WHY OH WHY do you want Johnny Depp to be "more like Hanks"? Are you saying that you would like him more if he was Tom Hanks in disguise? Does it occur to you that he might not WANT THAT? Why does this aspect of Depp's career seem to piss some people off. Is it because he shouldn't be allowed to do exactly what he wants to do? As for the endless "box office appeal" argument, I only have two words: Sleepy Hollow. So far it has grossed $200 million worldwide ( it's still showing in my town which is Copenhagen ). While that might not be Titanic, it's still a pretty respectable number. And as a matter of fact, there are quite a few of us, who are more drawn to, say, the wonder of Edward Scissorhands, than, say, Saving Private Ryan ( extremely impressive in many places, but still the ususal weeping American patriotism ). I think the reason why Johnny Depp is not Tom Hanks is quite obvious.....

  • May 24, 2000, 6:31 a.m. CST

    Depp and his fear of termites!

    by Dirtfish

    I want Depp to be more like Hanks because Johnny is more talented but because of his odd-ball reputation Hanks will be a screen legend along with De Niro, Cruise, Brando etc and Depp will be forgotton as will most of his films! Its such a waste of talent!

  • May 24, 2000, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Umm....maybe Donnie Brasco?

    by IAmJack'sUserID

    He was brilliantly subtle in that film. That last scene, where you can sense his pain after having been pulled out of undercover, is one of the most moving examples of acting on his part that I have seen. Besides, that was a kick ass movie and no one could have done a good as job as Depp.

  • May 24, 2000, 9:58 p.m. CST

    OK, Dirtfish, explain this to me...

    by Jonny Quest

    If you think Depp is a talented actor who just makes not so great choices in movies, then why do you keep calling him wooden? Apparently, you're not aware that "wooden" has a negative connotation. The term generally refers to bad or inexpressive actors whose performances never vary, such as Keannu Reeves.

  • May 24, 2000, 11:43 p.m. CST

    the last f*%kin thing this world needs

    by Z

    is another tom hanks. unfunny cracker mother fucker. you want to talk about blowing talent? hanks is a mediocre dramatic actor at best. His "I look like I'm going to cry" look is used in almost every dramatic scene he does. at least depp actually changes his expressions and mannerisms for his roles (and no, talking in a bad southern accent and acting like a mentally challenged person does not count). definitely his best stuff is comedy. and what does he do? more drama. the best moments in the green mile, saving private ryan, philidelphia,etc, is when he's being funny. but that's all too seldom. he and robin williams should do a movie together entitled, Weep for Me America, about a gay, half retard, ex soldier and his caring, wisecracking "laughter heals all ills" physician.

  • May 25, 2000, 1:19 a.m. CST

    F & L is great

    by elkabong

    This is a movie that has had every major Hollywood person in the last 20 years connected to it at one time or another (Scorcese & Nicholson for example). The movie was never made though, because they thought it would be impossible to translate the book to the screen. I've read the book many times & the movie is just incredible in the way that it brings the book to life. When I saw that Gilliam was doing the film I knew that he'd be the director to do the book justice. And if you've ever seen Thompson in real life (or Bill Murray in "Where The Buffalo Roam"), you'd know that Depp "became" him. The mumbling speech & mannerisms were dead-on. And speaking of dead & Depp, am I the only one who remembers him in Jim Jarmusch's "Dead Man"? Another great offbeat movie/role for Depp. I think he's a very good actor who doesn't mind taking strange parts.

  • May 25, 2000, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Dirtfish is backpaddling

    by vesterdal

    I'm sure everyone has already abandoned this talkback to go terrorizing fresher territory. The attention span is almost non-existent. Anyway, I feel the way you do, elkabong, about Fear & Loathing, and Dead Man is one of my favorite movies, not just because of Depp, but because I dig Jarmusch. Thanks also to Jonny Quest for expressing my thoughts: Dirtfish, you're backpaddling. First, Johnny Depp has the acting ability of a stick, and then suddenly he is letting his incredible talent go to waste?!?!!

  • May 25, 2000, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Dirtfish is backpaddling

    by vesterdal

    I'm sure everyone has already abandoned this talkback to go terrorizing fresher territory. The attention span is almost non-existent. Anyway, I feel the way you do, elkabong, about Fear & Loathing, and Dead Man is one of my favorite movies, not just because of Depp, but because I dig Jarmusch. Thanks also to Jonny Quest for expressing my thoughts: Dirtfish, you're backpaddling. First, Johnny Depp has the acting ability of a stick, and then suddenly he is letting his incredible talent go to waste?!?!!

  • May 27, 2000, 4:43 a.m. CST

    Terry Gilliam

    by SeventhSealion

    This is an amazing director. Few can put their thoughts onto film so vividly. I can only say that I do wish he had spent his precious time on earth working on a better film than "Fear and Loathing". But it is his time, and as long as he's doing what he wants, the world is that much better for it.

  • June 4, 2000, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Come On Man

    by BeatnikRa

    Alright... Johnny Depp is no wooden actor. Excuse me..the man has ability..talent..EXPRESSION FOR CHRIST'S SAKE! Where is the love? I mean, Depp over here does not conform to moron movies that Cruise, Pitt or Hanks does. They do it for fame or money or whatever. He picks movies carefully..not caring how much money they gross..but how much he can relate to the character. THAT IS WHY HE IS NOT TOM CRUISE OR BRAD PITT OR TOM HANKS. He doesn't sell out and I think only those who really are non-conformists and REAL people can appreciate and understand this.