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AFI Tribute Interview Memories

Unread postby Liz » Mon Nov 14, 2005 3:41 pm

This write up, based on my notes taken during the event, is a joint effort between myself, DITHOT and our remembrances of the group discussion we all had the night after the event. Sorry it took me so long to post this. :blush:

As others have said, there was a lot of rehashing of old subjects at the AFI Tribute to Johnny Depp. Interestingly, it appeared that some of the subjects that we are all very familiar with were new to many attendees as they responded as if they had never heard it before--such as stories about what he did before he was an actor, how he got started in the business, who his influences were for the characters of Ed Wood and Captain Jack Sparrow.

Schickel’s first question/statement was his observation that Johnny signs on for more projects per year than the average actor. Johnny laughingly responded, “I think I need a break!” I know he was trying to be funny, but my gut tells me that he was also being serious. He explained that he couldn’t resist the “diamonds and gems” when they came along.

In response to one of Schickel’s questions, Johnny said he felt being a serious actor was an oxymoron. Schickel asked him why he felt that way. Johnny responded that it was dishonest. Schickel asked if being paid made it honest work. Johnny thought for a moment, scratched his head and said, “I’m not sure it makes it more honest.” and laughed quietly.

Schickel commented on Johnny’s remarkable vocal range and ability. Johnny responded that as a kid he enjoyed “mimicking” other people and even got in trouble in school for imitating the teacher. :yikes: He mentioned that two of his favorite performers growing up were Frank Gorshin and Rich Little. That led to a discussion of how Johnny likes to create new and unique characters. He felt that if he played the same type of character all the time that he would become bored as an actor. His boredom would then show through in his performances, and the audience would be bored as well.

Schickel brought up Dead Man. Johnny seemed like he wanted to discuss it, but Schickel said that movie was not on the schedule. :bawl: Johnny said okay and made a motion as if to zip his mouth shut. :lol:

The last movie they discussed was The Libertine. Schickel said he found the movie hard to watch because John Wilmot was unlikable. In her post Dharma_bum remembered Johnny saying, “history remembers John Wilmot as a rogue, debaucher and pornographer, and he was all those things, but he was also a brilliant poet who was uncompromising in his pursuit of the truth—he was incapable of lying.” We remember Johnny also describing Wilmot as “a human being, multi-layered, complicated, a loving father and a confused and tormented husband.” He ended this description with, “He could not tolerate a lie. And I salute that!” Although I did not jot down the quote, he ended by saying that he was very proud of this movie. I find this significant because he is usually so self-deprecating about his performances. That sentiment was echoed by Laurence Dunmore after the film. When we spoke with him in the lobby he wanted to make the point that at the end of the day they all felt they were making their movie their way and they were all very proud of their efforts. :cool: BTW Dunmore seems like such a nice guy. I really appreciate him taking the time to talk to us and autograph our books. :disco:

I’m hoping that this sparks some memories out there. So I encourage any of you to add anything we couldn’t remember.
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Unread postby MommaDeppLover » Mon Nov 14, 2005 3:52 pm

Liz,

thank you for your post...I completely agree with you, that Johnny is saying that he is proud of this film, somewhat of an unusal statement from him...

Love this guy...

So glad that you alll had such a wonderful time...
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Unread postby ibbi 3 » Mon Nov 14, 2005 5:05 pm

Thank you Liz ~ how wonderfull to read ! I 'm so glad you had such a good time ! :goodvibes:
Maybe Johnny is gonna take a bigger break after finishing POTC , as we don't know what he is gonna do next and when ?
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Unread postby Raven » Mon Nov 14, 2005 6:44 pm

thank you so much Liz for sharing!! I hope you could tell there were about 1000 JD lovers with you in spirit!

Can someone point me to DB's post of memories?

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Unread postby In-too-Depp » Mon Nov 14, 2005 7:11 pm

Thanks Liz, it's great to hear from somebody that was there and thanks for taking the time to make notes. It's a shame Johnny wasn't given the opportunity to discuss Dead Man, but I'm glad you had such a good time.
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Unread postby Rainey » Mon Nov 14, 2005 7:13 pm

Thank you SO much, Liz! :disco: It's great to hear that you ladies had a blast! :grin:
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Unread postby FindingNeverlandGal » Mon Nov 14, 2005 7:30 pm

Thank you girls for the quotes and all the cute, in-detail gestures he did. Congratulations again on seeing him! :heart:

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Unread postby Cesar'sSusie » Mon Nov 14, 2005 7:40 pm

Thanks, Liz, so glad all you zoners got to have a 'night on the town' so to speak and see 'The Man' in person! WOW!!! :-O
Must have been surreal and totally awesome! I am so green right now!!!

Disappointed that there wasn't much 'new' in the interview, but as you said not everyone has studied and know Johnny's Bio by heart!! :blush:

I, too, find it very interesting that Johnny has actually said he was proud of his work. And....he finally confessed to having some interest in acting early on before his music took over. You can clearly see his love of mimicry (sp) in the Jump Street episodes. I loved Frank Gorshin and Rich Little, too! Two of my all time fave impersonaters.

Thanks for the full report!!! :cool:
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Unread postby cait » Mon Nov 14, 2005 7:45 pm

Thank you very much, Liz! I love reading about all of the details. I've said it a bunch of times but it sounds like it was an awesome weekend! :cool:
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Unread postby Charlene » Mon Nov 14, 2005 7:50 pm

Oh Liz, we are so happy for you and the other zoners who got to breath the same air as Johnny, and watch him do all his little tics (pull his ear, scratch his head, pull his mustache, smack the chair arms, his legs, step on his own shoes...he did all those,right?). Sometimes I think I know him better than my husband!

It is really awesome that ya'll got this trip together so fast and it worked out so well. Oh gosh, too bad that Danny didn't sit down next to you. You could have played dumb and talked to him and he might have said something about his "brother" and you could have acted all innocent. Did Christie come too?

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Unread postby FANtasticJD » Mon Nov 14, 2005 7:59 pm

Charlene wrote: Oh gosh, too bad that Danny didn't sit down next to you. You could have played dumb and talked to him and he might have said something about his "brother" and you could have acted all innocent. Did Christie come too?

Danny ended up sitting behind me. It was such fun to see him in person. He looked a tad uncomfortable as he knew people were watching him. I tried not to be too obvious about it. Once Johnny arrived on the scene, I forgot everyone else!

Yes, Christi was there, sitting up front with Tracey. It was interesting to see her work the crowd a bit. She's a pro.
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Unread postby Charlene » Mon Nov 14, 2005 8:03 pm

FANtasticJD wrote:
Charlene wrote: Oh gosh, too bad that Danny didn't sit down next to you. You could have played dumb and talked to him and he might have said something about his "brother" and you could have acted all innocent. Did Christie come too?

Danny ended up sitting behind me. It was such fun to see him in person. He looked a tad uncomfortable as he knew people were watching him. I tried not to be too obvious about it. Once Johnny arrived on the scene, I forgot everyone else!

Yes, Christi was there, sitting up front with Tracey. It was interesting to see her work the crowd a bit. She's a pro.


That is so cool. Did he talk to anyone? Did you hear him talk at all ~ was it like Johnny's voice? Does Christie ever smile? She always looks so tired and grumpy in photos behind Johnny...does that poor woman even have a life?

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Unread postby Gypsylee » Mon Nov 14, 2005 8:28 pm

FANtasticJD wrote:
Charlene wrote: Oh gosh, too bad that Danny didn't sit down next to you. You could have played dumb and talked to him and he might have said something about his "brother" and you could have acted all innocent. Did Christie come too?

Danny ended up sitting behind me. It was such fun to see him in person. He looked a tad uncomfortable as he knew people were watching him. I tried not to be too obvious about it. Once Johnny arrived on the scene, I forgot everyone else!

Yes, Christi was there, sitting up front with Tracey. It was interesting to see her work the crowd a bit. She's a pro.


Some of our group was behind me, so I "had" to turn around to talk to them, thus keeping an eye on Danny. He was slouching down in his chair with DARK GLASSES ON? Hello? In a dark theater? Well, I didn't check to see if he kept them on the whole time. Was totally engrossed in his little brother!!!

Good report Liz. You jogged memories of things I forgot.

How did Christi work the crowd? I missed that.
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Unread postby Johnny Fan » Mon Nov 14, 2005 9:29 pm

Thanks for your report, Liz. I have had so much fun reading these reports from all of the Zoners who have attended the tribute and premiere. Reading them almost makes me feel as if I had been there too (only in my dreams.... :cloud9:).
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Unread postby Intodadepps » Mon Nov 14, 2005 9:34 pm

Thanks Liz - that was a lovely report. :sigh: I'm having a Johnny moment here :love:
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