David Koepps Secret Window, released on March 12, 2004, presents Johnny Depp with a considerable acting challenge: for much of the film, his character, a depressed writer named Mort Rainey, is onscreen alone. In his cabin in the woods, Mort struggles with two mammoth tasks: to break his writers block and to reconcile himself to an unwanted impending divorce. Neither task goes well; the wife Mort still yearns for keeps calling him, and a tall ominous-looking stranger arrives on Morts doorstep, insisting that Mort stole his story. Johnny portrays Mort as fierce, proud, vulnerable, and testya complex and bewildered man who uses sardonic wit and stubbornness to fend off intolerable pain. Sporting wildly mussed two-toned hair and a ratty bathrobe (possibly his estranged wifes) unraveling even faster than his life, Johnnys Mort is an unstable combination of fragility and fury.