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The Johnny Depp Zone's Interview Archive is intended for mature readers. We reprint articles as published, so most contain profanity and/or adult subject matter.

Men's magazines and music magazines are usually more explicit than magazines and newspapers written for a general audience.

Readers, be ye warned.

~ Part-Time Poet


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Not “Blockbuster Boy”

“I’m not ‘Blockbuster Boy.’ I never wanted to be. I’m not looking for that,” Johnny Depp explained to a writer in 1997. While turning down leading roles in box-office bonanzas like Interview with the Vampire (Tom Cruise eventually played Lestat), Legends of the Fall (the romantic lead went to Brad Pitt), and Speed (which put Keanu Reeves on the A-list), Johnny appeared in six major films between 1994 and 1997 . . . and the most mainstream of these—1995’s Nick of Time, in which Johnny plays a desperate father caught up in a political assassination plot—is the least interesting.

Far more memorable were Johnny’s trio of performances opposite older actors who played mentor-figures to his characters. 1994’s Ed Wood, which reunited Johnny with director Tim Burton, showcased the friendship between Johnny, as movie director Ed Wood, and Martin Landau, as washed-up actor Bela Lugosi; Landau won an Oscar. Don Juan DeMarco (1995) gave Johnny the opportunity to work with Marlon Brando, while the somber Mafia saga Donnie Brasco (1997), pitted Al Pacino, as an aging mobster, against Johnny’s undercover F.B.I. agent.

In Jim Jarmusch’s cult classic Dead Man (1995), Johnny plays an innocent young man who comes west for a much-needed accounting job and becomes an accidental outlaw; the movie’s exploration of a man who only begins to live when he knows he is dying is echoed in The Brave (1997), directed by Johnny and co-written by him and his brother D.P. But while Dead Man’s William Blake is a loner among strangers, The Brave’s Raphael is driven by his love for his family.

Love and death are also constant preoccupations whenever the writers turn to Johnny’s personal life: his tempestuous relationship with Kate Moss; the death of River Phoenix outside the Viper Room on Halloween night, 1993; Johnny’s admitted tendency toward “self-medication.” He is obviously not the happiest man in Hollywood. “I have demons,” Johnny confesses to Vanity Fair. And what does the most brilliant and adventurous actor of his generation look forward to having someday? “Peace of mind.”

-- Part-Time Poet

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February -- US Magazine, Leslie Van Buskirk
April -- Elle Magazine (UK), Jessamy Calkin
April -- Sky Magazine, Dan Yakir
September -- Vogue, James Ryan
October -- Movieline, Stephen Rebello
October 3 -- People Magazine, Shelley Levitt

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February -- Premiere, Holly Millea
April -- Esquire, David Blum
April -- Venice Magazine, Jonathan Cutler
April 6 -- Orange County Register, Barry Koltnow
April 7 -- Los Angeles Daily News, James Ryan
May -- Cosmopolitan, Robin Milling
May 20 -- Telegraph Magazine, Garth Pearce
November 26 -- Newsday, Sean Mitchell
December -- Interview Magazine, Brendan Lemon

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January -- Playboy, Kevin Cook

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February -- Vanity Fair, Kevin Sessums
March 3 -- Time Magazine, Richard Schickel
March 7 -- Newsweek, Karen Schoemer
April -- Hello! Magazine, Jan Janssen
April 27 -- Boulevard Magazine, Louise Bowen
April 30 -- The London Times, Martyn Palmer
May 3 -- Sun-Herald (Sydney AUS), Helen Barlow