| BEST FILM: Finding Neverland ... Usually playing real people, Depp is charmingly over the top (Brasco, Thompson, Wood). Here, though, he is perfectly real and never more charming as the dreamweaver of “Peter Pan,” J. M. Barrie.BEST TIM BURTON FILM:Edward Scissorhands... The brilliant story was brought to life by the always perplexed Depp, trying to figure out these strange things called suburbanites.
| GREAT PERFORMANCES YOU MAY NOT HAVE SEEN:
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (one of three fill-ins for Heath Ledger) Finding Neverland (Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated performance as author J.M. Barrie) Benny & Joon (Golden Globe-nominated performance as a strange circus-type clown, opposite Mary Stuart Masterson) What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (Leonardo DiCaprio’s big brother) Donnie Brasco (real-life FBI agent who infiltrates the mob)
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Hunter S. Thompson)
Don Juan DeMarco (Brando’s patient)
Dead Man (accountant at the wrong place at the wrong time)
Cry-Baby (a ‘50s singer)
Arizona Dream (Jerry Lewis’s nephew)
THE TIM-BURTON’S-ALTER-EGO JOHNNY:
Edward Scissorhands (Golden Globe-nominated performance as a boy with scissors for hands, opposite Winona Ryder) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Golden Globe-nominated performance as candy mogul Charlie) Sweeney Todd (Oscar-nominated and Golden Globe-winning performance as the rather unorthodox barber) Ed Wood (Golden Globe-nominated performance as the worst director ever) Sleepy Hollow (Ichabod Crane)
Public Enemies (John Dillinger)
The Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy (Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated and SAG-winning performance as Jack Sparrow in the first of the three) Platoon (small role as a soldier)
THE REAL JOHNNY:
Finding Neverland and maybe Benny & Joon...
As complex as any of his characters, Depp was abandoned by his father (Scissorhands, Gilbert Grape, Charlie), did lots of drugs (Fear and Loathing, etc., etc.), and traveled around as a...
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