The Lowdown: Things You Never Knew About Johnny Depp

July 1, 2009 by  
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He’s played a scissor-fingered android, an Anna Wintour-bouffanted man-child candymaker, and a serial killer (also scissor-fingered, sort of) but Johnny Depp, now more than two decades in the business, still proves irresistible to at least half of the population (and with the man-crush of everyone here in the office, we’re betting slightly higher).

With his shoot-‘em-up flick Public Enemies about legendary bank robber John Dillinger released today, we bring you 10 things you may not know about the heartthrob.

1. He has twice recorded with mong-rockers Oasis. When Noel Gallagher was (allegedly) too drunk to play lead slide guitar, pal Depp took up the reins and nailed it in one take.

2. A good friend of the late Hunter S. Thompson, Depp financed the writer’s dying wish to have his ashes fired out of a 150 foot cannon, and named one of the beaches on his Caribbean island ‘Gonzo’ in his honour.

3. We know he is a bit partial to our homegrown comedy, making appearances on The Fast Show and The Vicar of Dibley, but we also hear that Depp has a penchant for gran’s favourite snuff-drama Midsomer Murders.

4. Trainspotters keep your eyes peeled for his former fiancée Sherilyn Fenn’s name scribbled on his helmet in 1986’s Platoon.

5. Once engaged to Winona Ryder, he had ‘Winona Forever’ tattooed to his arm. After the break up he had it altered to ‘Wino Forever’.

6. He is a fan of painting, whether upon canvas to unwind or upon his own face. Uncomfortable with his newfound fame in 1980s series ’21 Jump Street’, Depp was once caught by a security guard defacing a billboard for the then popular show. Upon realising Depp was painting over his own face, he allowed him to continue.

7. If you ever happen to dine with keen winemaker Mr. Depp, his favourites are French varieties; Bordeaux wines Château Calon-Ségur, Château Pétrus and Château Chaval Blanc, and the Burgundy Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. Just so you know.

8. He co-owns the Parisian restaurant Man Ray along with Sean Penn, John Malkovich and, erm, Mick Hucknall.

9. Depp has been fascinated by the legend of John Dillinger since he was a boy, born 160 miles from where the folk hero lived as a teenager.

10. He recently revealed to the Independent his grandfather and stepfather’s criminal pasts, his grandfather trafficking moonshine to dry counties, while his stepfather’s burglaries and robberies landed him in Statesville Maximum Security Prison, Illinois, where some of Public Enemies was shot.

Leonie Mercedes

To see what all the fuss is about, check out our review of Public Enemies or our little filmed interview with the main man Johnny Depp from the red carpet itself!

Starry Eyed says:

That Johnny, he’s so hot right now!