Exclusive! Johnny Depp: “I Never See Any Of My Films”
‘The Tourist’ star speaks candidly about working with Angelina Jolie, his family and being beloved by everyone.
Johnny Depp says that there were a few heart-stopping moments on the set of The Tourist. That is, of course, apart from the women in Venice and Paris who got a glance of the A-list star while he was filming.
There’s a stunt where Angelina Jolie is driving a boat and he’s being dragged through the disgusting water in the Venice Canal. “I had to take all kinds of vitamins because I was going into the drink,” Depp says with a smile. “It’s quite murky in there.” Even better was jumping off rooftops in his pajamas. “I love doing my own stunts, but felt a little naked in the PJs,” he says.
“It was definitely different for me to be the more traditional girl, but I still had fun with it. I did get jealous of some of his stunts,” Jolie says.
In Paris on a cold winter day, Depp wears jeans, a dark blue shirt and dons silver skull rings on his fingers. Soft-spoken and uber sweet, he makes it clear that no topics are off limits, including girlfriend Vanessa Paradis and his kids.
What was it like to work with Angelina Jolie? Is it true that you didn’t know each other before filming The Tourist?
It was sort of surprising that after all of these years in this racket that we didn’t know each other. We had a lot of mutual acquaintances, but I had never really met Angie before this movie. I was immediately impressed by her. It’s not that I had read so much in the press about her – or even myself. I did know that she and Brad are globally hounded, stalked and tracked down. Given that, I was most impressed by her kind of normalcy. She’s very down to earth. She’s very smart, very funny, kind and caring. I was also amazingly impressed to find out that she’s a great mommy. That’s always nice to see.
Why does the paparazzi pretty much leave you and your family alone?
I think for some wonderful reason, the paparazzi have kind of lightened up on me. They calmed down in my case. Even in some cases, they’ve teetered on respectful.
In The Tourist, you play a widower from Wisconsin, a math teacher on vacation, who gets mixed up with a gorgeous mystery woman (who else but Jolie)?
The ultimate challenge is to portray an everyday man with all his warts. Like any pedestrian, he’s put in a series of situations so radically outside his hemisphere. I like the idea of exploring normalcy. Those people who are considered normal most of the time are the most fascinating because they’re always really weird. They usually have routines teetering on obsessive and compulsive. I love their tics.