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The Best Johnny Depp Characters Of All Time, According To Ranker

Johnny Depp’s representatives have recently shut down talk about his return as Jack Sparrow (per CNN). While the actor is preparing to film his latest movie, the catalog of his roles remains vast spanning from television to, in later decades, film.

Every time he appears on screen, he steals the show, and it is no mystery why he has become such a household name. Since his first appearance in 1984’s A Nightmare on Elm Street, Depp has played a wide array of interesting and lovable characters. Over at Ranker, fans have helped decide the most popular and influential roles of his entire career.
Note: Due to the nature of Ranker’s live-voting system, these rankings are subject to change.

J.M. Barrie (Finding Neverland)

Perhaps an underrated role, how Johnny Depp portrays playwright J.M. Barrie and demonstrates the character’s relationship with a family that will later inspire him to write Peter Pan is done so so sincerely that it is truly a welcome departure from his usual characters. His performance in the film even secured him a nomination for an Academy Award.
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Finding Neverland allows fans of Depp to see him in a more heartfelt and realistic role, as it is one of the few roles in which he plays a real person. Depp was drawn to the role because he could identify with Barrie’s instinct for staying in touch with his childlike imagination [via NPR]. Depp was allowed to delve deep into a unique and interesting perspective unlike many of his previous characters.

Victor Van Dort (Corpse Bride)

Johnny Depp lends his voice to Victor Van Dort in Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride and uses the unique blend of awkwardness and confidence he often brings to many of his roles. Victor works hard to balance the two worlds he is thrown into and tries to keep everyone in his life happy. Johnny Depp easily makes Victor Van Dort one of the most memorable characters in the film.
As Victor Van Dort Johnny Depp manages to lead the audience into a new world and get them to fully immerse themselves into the gothic claymation world that is the Corpse Bride. Depp is hailed for consistently throwing himself deep into whatever role he lands including animated ones. As one of the classic Johnny Depp and Tim Burton collaborations, Depp’s performance as Victor was destined to leave its mark on fans.

Sam (Benny & Joon)

Benny & Joon is the closest thing Johnny Depp has come to a rom-com and the quirky and eccentric way in which his character Sam interacts with Joon charms not only her but the entire audience as well. How Depp manages to display immense chemistry with all of his female costars is part of the reason his characters become so likable.
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The physical comedy Depp shows as he portrays Sam is some of the best moments of the entire film. It fits the character of Sam, who is illiterate, so much because the unique form of physical comedy lends itself to this unique character who otherwise does not communicate too well.

Willy Wonka (Charlie And The Chocolate Factory)

Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka in Charlie & the Chocolate Factory

As the wacky chocolatier in 2005’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Depp manages to completely disappear into the role with an utterly unrecognizable voice and mannerisms. Depp becomes a whole different person in the film as he leads the children around his fantastical shop, and his childlike characteristics make him one of the most likable characters in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
The 2005 film is often praised for embracing the darker undertones of the character, and many fans feel that it is because of Johnny Depp’s incredible performance [via ScreenRant]. Throughout his career, Depp has always managed to stay in touch with his eccentric personality and bring a part of him to every role.

Gilbert Grape (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape)

This coming-of-age tale features a young Johnny Depp as Gilbert who alongside Leonardo DiCaprio as Arnie has to take care of their mother. Depps’ portrayal of Gilbert, like many of his roles, was very well received by critics and fans alike. He had great on-screen chemistry with young Leonardo and was able to allow his co-star receive a lot of attention from critics for the film.
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What’s Eating Gilbert Grape was a turning point for Johnny Depp and placed him as a serious romantic leading man and dramatic actor. His portrayal of Gilbert as a family-oriented young man who was struggling to balance his obligation to his family and desire to do more is one of his most mature performances to date.

Sweeney Todd (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street)

Sweeney Todd and Miss Lovett at the beach in Sweeney Todd

Johnny Depp has an eccentric rockstar-like personality that lends itself to roles like Sweeney Todd. A heartbroken barber in Victorian-era London who is set out for revenge almost seems like it was written for Johnny Depp. Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street partners Depp with Helena Bohnam-Carter in an encapsulating performance and together they create an experience that is unforgettable for audiences.
Being based on a broadway musical, Depp had some big shoes to fill, and even though he is not necessarily known for his vocals he was able to hold his own amongst a talented cast. The subtle way in which Depp portrays the heartbreak of Sweeney Todd as well as his anger puts the audience on edge throughout Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street.

Ichabod Crane (Sleepy Hollow)

Johnny Depp as Ichabod Crane in Sleepy Hollow

Johnny Depp solidified his role as an A-list actor and partnered yet again with Tim Burton to bring to life the iconic Ichabod Crane in Sleepy Hollow. Depp delivers a nearly perfect performance as the police constable because he was able to completely immerse himself into the role and leave audiences amazed at how he was able to mix small amounts of humor in an otherwise spooky tale.
Sleepy Hollow, like many movies in Depp’s filmography, feature dark or quirky storylines and often features a gothic aesthetic. Despite this, Johnny Depp manages to make each role feel distinctly different from one another, and Ichabod Crane is a perfect example of how Johnny Depp is and will remain a very talented character actor.

The Hatter (Alice In Wonderland)

The mad hatter checking his watch in Alice in Wonderland

Johnny Depp delivers an incredibly compelling and entertaining performance as the Mad Hatter in Alice In Wonderland. Depp brings his signature aesthetic and wit to the classic fairy tale and breathes new light into the beloved and well-known character. The Mad Hatter is a more energetic character than in some of his earlier roles, and it shows the range he has as an actor.
Depp’s charisma and charm have grabbed the heart of many fans leading some to continue to cosplay Depp’s Mad Hatter years after the film. Johnny Depp is unforgettable in the film and proves that he can truly play any character. Fans can all agree that this has quickly become one of his most influential and memorable roles of all time.

Edward Scissorhands (Edward Scissorhands)

Nothing but pure perfection can be expected when Johnny Depp and Tim Burton work together, and this is perhaps most true with 1990’s classic Edward Scissorhands. Johnny Depp’s timid and soft-spoken characterizations led audiences to instantly fall in love with this character and make Edward Scissorhands Tim Burton’s most iconic character.
Since being released, this film has largely been hailed as one of Depp’s best performances of all time. Johnny Depp draws inspiration from his own life for many of his roles and he recently revealed that his inspiration for Edward Scissorhands was based on a cross between a baby and one of his dogs, which could also be why many fans feel so much for this character [see ScreenRant].

Jack Sparrow (Pirates Of The Caribbean)

Captain Jack Sparrow standing at the mast of his ship in Pirates of the Caribbean

Johnny Depp’s performance as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean was so compelling and likable that it helped launch one of the biggest film franchises in Disney’s history. Who would have guessed a movie based on a theme park ride would become successful enough to produce five films. This success is heavily reliant on Depp and his portrayal of Jack Sparrow.
Depp’s most popular role, Captain Jack Sparrow is beloved by many, not just fans of the actor. Because of the way Depp perfectly displays the pirate’s unique and quirky personality the role is regarded as the best character Depp has played thus far in his illustrious career. Even if Pirates of the Caribbean continues, fans all agree that no other actor could play this iconic role.
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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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