Depp is already one of San Sebastian’s favorite sons, having figured as one of the highest profile star presences at last year’s on-site festival, where he co-presented “Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane McGowan” with director Julien Temple.
This year’s award puts Depp among recent honorees including Ethan Hawke, Sigourney Weaver, Judy Dench, Penelope Cruz and Viggo Mortensen.
Breaking out in the early 1990s with lead roles in John Waters’ “Cry Baby” and Tim Burton’s “Edward Scissorhands,” Depp secured his left of field artistic credentials making films with prestigious foreign directors such as Emir Kusturica (“Arizona Dream”) and Lasse Hallström (“What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?”) repeated twice with Burton and working with indie greats and mavericks such as Jim Jarmusch (“Dead Man”) and Terry Gilliam (“Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”).
Depp’s star status was secured, however, by his out-there turn as Captain Jack Sparrow in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie saga from 2003 to 2017.
“Elaborately decked out with a bandana, raccoon-like black eye makeup, dreadlocks, two beard braids and lousy teeth,” Variety reported, the“frequently slurring his words but usually intelligible,” the “magnetic star” “puts one in mind of some of Marlon Brando’s more oddball screen outings.”
It may be no coincidence that Depp, who has often played misfits, the San Sebastian Festival noted in its Prize announcement on Monday, directed Brando in his directorial debut, 1995’s “The Brave.” Both Brando and now Depp became Hollywood icons and rebels.