Johnny Depp: No More Mr. Nice Guy?
An insider tells BettyConfidential that the ‘Alice in Wonderland’ star can still be rebellious at times.
He seems so laid-back but Betty Confidential has learned that Johnny Depp can be a handful when he’s left to his own devices, Friends tell us that the leading man, currently filming The Tourist with Angelina Jolie, can be a real handful, especially around his staff.
While Johnny recently told British talk-show host Jonathan Ross that he was a constant yet happy drunk, insiders warn of his mood swings. “He loves his wine and still smokes like a chimney. When he indulges himself in these things he can fly off the handle — Johnny isn’t always a nice guy,” the insider reveals. “His staff is pretty prepared and used to it, but sometimes he takes them by surprise. He is very touchy and takes things personally when people are trying to help him. If someone asks him to do something and he’s in a bad mood, watch out!”
The father of two is careful around his children (Lily-Rose, 11, and Jack, 8) and longtime love, model Vanessa Paradis, at least. Our source tells us he does not lose his temper around his children and spends every spare moment with his family. “Johnny is a great dad and for the most part, a doting partner to Vanessa. He is a family man and that is his focus. They have a relaxed lifestyle that is fairly removed from society. He avoids going out much in public and often little interactions with people set him off, because he cherishes his privacy so much. Anyone who isn’t in his inner circle is generally unwelcome in his life, even employees.”
And Vanessa, who has been with Johnny since they co-starred in the film The Ninth Gate 12 years ago, doesn’t take his outbursts seriously. “When Johnny does lose his temper, Vanessa ignores it or laughs it off altogether and will apologize later. She is so used to him that it doesn’t even bother her anymore. As long as the children are unaffected, she doesn’t care.”
The privately intense actor likes to focus on work, dive into a role and forget his manners. His past offenses include destroying a hotel suite in 1994 and tangling with paparazzi in 1999 — both incidents led to an arrest.
What sets Johnny’s mood off? “It could be as simple as someone asking him to take a seat. He doesn’t like to do what he’s told,” says the insider. “He lives in a Johnny Depp world. He’s a particularly bad traveler on a plane.. He’s very temperamental and moody — it suits his look and profession tremendously.”
Tell us: Would you be willing to put up with Johnny Depp’s bad boy behavior?
Magazine and newspaper reporter Kelly Will has written celebrity columns for the New York Times, the New York Daily News and the New York Post. Follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/misswill.