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Every Time Johnny Depp Played A Villain

Johnny Depp recently finished filming La Favorite, a French film about Louis XV, where Depp plays the titular king. It’s set to be released in French theaters in 2023 by Netflix and then will go on the streamer afterward.

Louis XV of France was the king whose spending and decadence set the stage for the French Revolution to occur during his son’s reign. He may be the film’s protagonist, but he’s certainly not the hero. Depp often plays heroes, or at least characters struggling to act heroic, but in such a long filmography, there are instances of him playing the villain.


11 Black Mass (2015)
Whitey Bulger

Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger in Black Mass (Review)

Black Mass is a biographical drama about the Boston mobster Whitey Bulger, played by Johnny Depp. Bulger led the Winter Hill Gang and used his informant relationship with the FBI to gain total control of the crime in the city.
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Depp is terrifying in the role of the unhinged, murderous psychopath. His balding head and pale makeup almost make him look like a ghost, and his quiet, hissing delivery unnerves everyone around him. No better scene showcases this than the dinner scene where Depp toys with his hosts accusing them of giving away secrets before devolving into laughter.

10 The Astronaut’s Wife (1999)
Commander Spencer Armacost


Johnny Depp and Charlize Theron star in the science fiction drama, The Astronaut’s Wife as a married couple. After Depp’s character, Commander Spencer Armacost, returns from a mission in space, his wife notices changes in his personality.
Armacost becomes increasingly aggressive, and Depp deftly switches between charming and sinister as he threatens Theron. He kills multiple people throughout the film, and it isn’t until the end it’s revealed an alien creature has possessed Armacost.

9 Blow (2001)
George Jung

Blow (2001) Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz

George Jung may be the protagonist of Blow, but his career choices, as well as personal failings, mean that for all the appeal Johnny Depp brings to the part, Jung is still the clear villain of the film. Blow tells the true story of one of the Medellín Cartel’s top drug runners.
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For most of the film, Johnny Depp plays Jung as an adventure-seeking daredevil looking to live fast, make money, and take care of his family along the way. But those three objectives prove incompatible, and the last part of the film that sees him jailed and estranged is sobering.

8 Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
Edward Ratchett

Johnny Depp as edward ratchett holding a map in Murder on the Orient Express

Johnny Depp only appears briefly in Murder on the Orient Express, based on the world-known Agatha Christie work, but as the mystery is revealed, it becomes clear Edward Ratchett is a despicable character. Depp’s Ratchet is the titular murder of the film, and he dies after one day on the train.
Detective Hercule Poirot discovers that Edward Ratchett is not the victim’s name. Instead, that was just an alias, and John Cassetti was his real name, the kidnapper and murderer of a young girl connected to everyone on the train. Though Depp is long gone when this is found out, it makes rewatching Depp in the role all the more intriguing.

7 Transcendence (2014)
Will Caster

Johnny Depp in Transcendence

Transcendence is a high-concept sci-fi thriller film about a group of scientists who create a world-ending virus to save it. Johnny Depp plays Will Caster, a scientist who dies early in the movie but is reborn as a hyper-intelligent A.I. capable of controlling humans.
While Caster is not outright evil, the computer’s desire for order and saving the world causes it to create a scenario where he can control the world and stop its environmental destruction. Depp switches between an emotive human and a cold machine effortlessly.

6 Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Captain Jack Sparrow

Will and Jack on the ship in Curse of the Black Pearl

Captain Jack Sparrow is not a classic villain, he’s probably the central hero for most of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, but in the first film, The Curse of the Black Pearl, Sparrow leans much more on the villainous pirate’s side. Viewers may forget some of his more villainous acts.
He captures Elizabeth Swann and ransoms her for his escape, nearly kills Will Turner in a sword fight, and pits the undead pirates and the Royal Navy against each other, so that he can have a shot at the treasure. He may be more hero than villain, but the first film showcases his pirate side, and Johnny Depp’s acting job makes this one of his best films.

5 Secret Window (2004)
Morton Rainey

Johnny Depp as Mort Rainey reading in Secret Window

Secret Window is an adaptation of Stephen King’s novella Secret Window, Secret Garden, and casts Johnny Depp as the lead character, Morton “Mort” Rainey. Mort is a struggling author stalked by a crazed man claiming he’s been plagiarized.
The veteran actor well plays the descent into insanity and fear, and when the big reveal is shown that Mort and his stalker are the same people, Depp easily slips into the killer’s character. The film is held up by Depp’s believable confusion and inward anger.

4 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
Sweeney Todd

Johnny depp as sweeney todd with arms outstretched holding two razors

One only needs to look at the title of Sweeney Todd to know who the villain is. The Demon Barber of Fleet Street does not leave room for interpretation, and Johnny Depp’s portrayal of the barber is alluring and creepy.
Depp masterfully handles his role as a slighted man who takes revenge on everyone who enters his barbershop. His interactions with the Helena Bonham Carter character are multilayered as he feigns love to control her. And Depp also did his own singing for the dark musical film.

3 Public Enemies (2009)
John Dillinger

johnny depp as john dillinger in public enemies

Michael Mann’s biopic Public Enemies, about the real-life John Dillinger, stars Johnny Depp alongside an all-star cast that includes Christian Bale, Marion Cotillard, and Billy Crudup. Depp plays Dillinger as the charismatic Public Enemy #1 he was known as for years.
Depp does not play the famous outlaw as some larger-than-life character. Instead, he keeps him internal and serious, cold even, which is much more believable for a murderous thief and something of a risk for Depp, who manages to remain a star without any showy antics.

2 Into the Woods (2014)
The Big Bad Wolf

Johnny Depp as the Big Bad Wolf in Into The Woods

In the 2014 musical Into the Woods, based on the 1986 Broadway musical, Johnny Depp gets to sing and adorn himself in makeup and wild costumes. It’s a perfect marriage of two of his favorite things. As the Big Bad Wolf, Depp encounters Red Riding Hood and tries to lead her off the path.
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His song, “Hello, Little Girl,” is sung alongside Lilla Crawford, who plays Red Riding Hood. He does an admirable job being physical and animalistic while never straining to sing.

1 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)
Gellert Grindelwald

Johnny depp as gellert grindelwald in Fantastic beasts

Three actors portray Gellert Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beasts franchise, and Johnny Depp takes on the role in the second film, The Crimes of Grindelwald. To viewers’ surprise, he appears near the first film’s end, replacing Colin Farrell.
Depp’s Grindelwald is a multifaceted, evil villain who is not evil just for the sake of being evil. He has seen the subjugation of wizards by muggles and wants to reverse that world order. He is sadistic and violent, but he can also be incredibly charming and convincing, two sides of the character that Depp can bring together in his performance.
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‘I am officially off the market’: When Margot Robbie revealed she made the ‘conscious’ decision of not dating actors

Margot Robbie revealed her decision to not date actors because of the media scrutiny that came with a public relationship of two high-profile actors
Back in 2015, A-lister Margot Robbie made a declaration that she would not be dating any actors. The actress may have alluded to her fiance Tom Ackerley, who she married the following year in 2016. In an exclusive interview with Marie Claire, she revealed that being in a relationship as an actor herself came with its own set of challenges. She believed that dating someone who was popular would add on to the media scrutiny.

Margot Robbie opened up on why she made a conscious decision to not date actorsTalking to Marie Claire, she claimed, “I am officially off the market.” She then shared the reasoning behind her decision and added, “I made a conscious decision not to date actors.” She continued to explain, “But not because I hate actors. That’s a nasty generalization to make, and that’s not the case. People take such an interest in your love life when you have a profile, it puts a lot of stress on a relationship.”
The Barbie actress continued, “So two people with profiles, I figure it’s just double the amount of scrutiny, and I’d like to avoid that at all costs.” This came after reports of her locking lips with Tarzan co-star Alexander Skarsgard started making rounds. It was reported that she was caught kissing the actor during the Sundance Film Festival.

Margot Robbie revealed she opted for a minimal lifestyle even after becoming an actorIn the interview, Robbie also opened up about how she was adapting to fame. She shared, “I have a normal 24-year-old life. If I were a waitress, I’d probably have the exact same lifestyle. I’d go to the same clubs I go to already, live in the same house with the same housemates, hang out with the same people.”
However, Margot Robbie tied the knot with Tom Ackerley who is an English producer and actor. The duo met on the sets of 2013 movie Suite Francaise where Tom was working as an assistant director. Post marriage, both of them launched their production company LuckyChap Entertainment.

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Monica Bellucci and Tin Burton at lunch in the restaurant in Selci Lama

For All Saints’ Day, the Hollywood star from Tiferno returned to his native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and then visit his parentsOn the occasion of the All Saints’ Day celebrations, the Hollywood star of Tiferno origin, Monica Bellucci, returned to her native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and to visit her father Pasquale and her mother Brunella.Flanked by her current partner Tim Burton, she went to lunch, together with about twenty old friends, at the Osteria del Musicista, which has always been her favorite restaurant, in Selci Lama.Menu dedicated to typical dishes of the area, which includes an appetizer with breadsticks lined with coppa, duck in porchetta and grilled pork livers, polenta with wild boar sauce accompanied by the very typical cappelletti in broth.To conclude, a dessert based on fried “ciaccia” with Nutella and roasted chestnuts.
Having paid the bill and greeted the restaurant owner and lifelong friend, Roberto Polchi, Monica brought home cappelletti and broth for a family dinner.

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‘Rocky’ Was Quite Different In His Original Screenplay, Sylvester Stallone Claims

Sylvester Stallone took his friend’s advice on a rewrite of the original screenplay to Rocky. A few tweaks later, he was on his way to major success.
In the new Netflix documentary Sly, Stallone discussed how he initially conceived of the project, which had a much harder edge. In the early version, Rocky was depicted as a “thuggish” character, inspired by Martin Scorsese’s crime drama, Mean Streets.

But Stallone’s perspective changed when a friend read the script and thought the boxer was too cruel for audiences to actually care about him.
Stallone recalled her crying.

“She goes, ‘I hate Rocky. I hate him. He’s cruel. He hits people. He beats them up.’”
Stallone took it to heart, and asked what he could do to soften the character.

“I said, ‘what if you stop short of it?’ Like, maybe he almost did. He could have, that’s his job, but he doesn’t?’ ‘That’d be nice,’” he added. “I said, ‘What if he had a girlfriend or something?’ ‘Yeah, that’s nice.’ So I go back, start writing that: ‘Girlfriend. Nice.’”
$117 million in box office later, a franchise was born.

Stallone also revealed that actor Dolph Lundgren sent him to the hospital during one fight scene in Rocky IV.
“Dolph Lundgren… he pulverized me,” Stallone says in the documentary. “Later that night, my heart started to swell—which happens when the heart hits the chest—and then my blood pressure went up to 260, and they thought I was going to be talking to angels. Next thing I know, I’m in intensive care, where I’m surrounded by nuns, and I thought, ‘OK, that’s curtains.’”
Stallone was in the hospital for nine days following the incident, praying for “one more round.”
“For the first minute of the fight, it is going to be a free-for-all,” Stallone told Lundgren. The Swedish actor joked in a separate interview that all he did was “obey orders,” explaining, “[Stallone] was the boss. I did what he told me.”
Doctors allegedly told Stallone that he received a blow to the ribs that made his heart rattle around in his ribcage, a condition typically seen in head-on collisions. “I did hit a bus, of sorts,” Stallone joked.

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