Johnny will play
George Formby in a film biopic.
confirmation; remains to be seen. The UK
has published a rumor that Johnny has purchased a ukulele-banjo and has
been practicing the instrument to take on the role of the 1930's
British comedian/musician George Formby. While the statement
“He has been aping George Formby after watching his videos on
YouTube" sounds just like something Johnny would do, it is quite a leap
to go from that to the idea of Johnny actually doing a film about him.
For now, we should consider this just another rumor, but you
never know what projects might interest Johnny.
Johnny will play
Django Reinhardt in a film biopic.
confirmation; remains to be seen. This rumor
has apparently been around for awhile, but the first somewhat solid
mention I've seen is this December 2009 Guardian
(UK) article, which claims that Johnny is reportedly "lined up to play Reinhardt."
The film would be based on Michael
Dregni's 2004 biography Django: The Life and Music of a Gypsy Legend.
Johnny is a longtime fan of Reinhardt's music, having
Minor Swing in the film, Chocolat.
In addition, he is a longtime admirer of Gypsy culture and music,
having spoken of it often with regards to the Romani group Taraf de
Haïdouks and the film The
Man Who Cried.
It seems like this film might be a great fit for Johnny, and perhaps
another chance for Johnny to play guitar on film. But there
are no official plans to make the film.
a cameo as Gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt in the film Hugo.
people thought they spotted Johnny in the film, fronting a small jazz
band in the train station where the film takes place. But the
small role was actually played by an actor named Emil Lager,
who bears a striking resemblance to Johnny. As Johnny was a
producer for Hugo,
there had been persistent rumors that Johnny would appear in the film.
In fact, producer Graham
King stated that a cameo was available for Johnny to play but
that he was unable to participate due to the Pirates 4 filming
schedule. However, the cameo would NOT have been of Django-
the role was cut from the film.
Johnny will have a
role in a Daniel Johnston film biopic.
Doubtful. A rumor was
reported on exclaim.ca
that Johnny might be tapped
to portray the older brother of music legend Daniel Johnston. The
short film, to be titled, Hi How Are You
is currently in development, aided by a successful Kickstarter
campaign, and will be made by father and son filmmakers David and
Miller. Gabriel Sunday
will direct and also play Daniel in
his younger days, while Daniel will portray his older self. Johnny has a loose
connection to Johnston in
that Johnston composed the song, I Save Cigarette Butts, which appears
on P's self-titled 1995 album. A movies.com
article states that Johnny and Gibby Haynes will be featured on the
film's soundtrack, but that might just be a copy/paste of a list of
performers who have covered Johnston's songs. We'll see!
Johnny will play
Elvis Presley (or Dee Dee Ramone or Ozzy
Osbourne or Michael Jackson or
Tommy Lee or Freddie Mercury or Michael Hutchence or
star's name here]) in a film biopic.
until proven otherwise. Rumors
like this keep surfacing, but so far have never had any solid evidence
behind them. Johnny simply does not have the time to play
every rock star imaginable. Ozzy has disclaimed the rumor
himself, and Johnny refuted the Michael
rumor when asked about it. There's no telling if Johnny may
portray a rock or pop star in a film someday; it could happen.
unless there's an official announcement, there's no reason to believe
Myth: Johnny will collaborate with
Steven Tyler to write a song.
April 2011, after presenting Johnny with a Best Actor Kids Choice
Award, Aerosmith rocker/American Idol judge Steven Tyler tweeted:
"JONNY [sic] DEPP LOOKED ABFAB... WERE GONNA HOOK UP & WRITE A
OR TWO..." Well, this may have been more than just an offhand
comment, because both Steven and Johnny have mentioned the possibility
of working together several more times. See an Extra video clip from
the Pirates 4
featuring remarks from both Johnny and Steven about this. In
2012 interview with Ryan Seacrest, Steven again mentions hanging out
with Johnny and that Johnny presented him with a Cigfiddle
as a gift
In 2013, Tyler again teased the collaboration in a Billboard
interview: "I'm just doing a solo record 'cause I think it's fuckin'
kinky to go write a song with Johnny Depp." While waiting for a
songwriting collaboration, look for Johnny on
backing vocals on Aerosmith's 2012 album, Music From Another Dimension!
Johnny played a surprise gig
in Glastonbury during their festival in 2009.
False. The rumor was
reported on IMDb
that on June 26, 2009, Johnny played guitar in a tiny cafe to an
audience of only about 30 people, allegedly including an MTV reporter.
The first sign that this was just a silly false rumor was
this "MTV reporter" didn't actually report this event to MTV!
the rumor proved false when Johnny was spotted in New York City on both
June 25 (for a Letterman appearance and at a restaurant afterwards) and
June 27 (again, at a restaurant).
Johnny is planning to start
his own record label.
Apparently true! In 2008, the
German Bravo magazine claimed that Johnny was in talks with Warner
Group to start his own label. Here is a scan of the article:
some tabloids reported that Johnny had just started a new record label
called Unison. The only trouble is, Unison is the existing
that was started in 2006 by Bruce Witkin and Ryan Dorn.
has performed in Unison's studio and has attended shows by Unison
artists. In 2011 and 2012, releases by Unison artists were
described as being released by "Johnny Depp's Unison Music."
However, bear in mind that there was never confirmation from
the label that
Johnny's involvement has ever been any more than that of a friend.
by jdsaby; English translation by Claudia:
All of a sudden Hollywood-Star Johnny Depp has some
new plans...Now He Becomes a Record Label Owner
Text: Julia Kautz
Everything this man touches turns to gold! With blockbusters like
“Pirates of the Caribbean”, “Sweeney
“Sleepy Hollow” Johnny Depp became one of the
most successful actors. But for the 45-year-old that’s not
anymore – he longs for new challenges. “Johnny
founding his own record label”, a close friend of the
reveals. “That has been his life’s dream since
teenager. Now he finally wants to complete that dream.” Since
several weeks Johnny has been in negotiations with Warner Music Group.
“He is totally passionate regarding this project and
doesn’t speak about anything else anymore. He desperately
to discover and encourage young musicians!” Johnny himself
wanted to be a rockstar instead of an actor. At age 13 he already
founded his own garage band with some kids from the neighbourhood.
“We made appearances at backyard-parties. We were never
good, but we were quite loud and absolutely cool”, he
remembers. “To make noise on a stage gave me a wonderful
freedom. That was simply fantastic.” But then Johnny Depp
had to learn the hard way that it is tough to get by with music. Johnny
himself didn’t succeed in writing music history as a rock
guitarist. “He had to suffer many disappointments and finally
come to terms with the fact, that he would never make it with music,
“ adds Johnny’s friend. But the stronger it is his
to give a chance to young talents .” He can hardly wait to
release the first CD on his very own label. “He also sees the
music business as a job when he retires, when he doesn’t want
make films anymore.” Hopefully, though, Johnny will deliver
more cinema hits for us before then. At the moment Johnny Depp is
filming the gangster-movie “Public Enemies”. The
scheduled for release in German cinemas for summer 2009.
However, a company called Infinitum Nihil Records
was filed as a domestic corporation on May 27, 2011, and is currently
active as of the last data refresh on December 22, 2013.
(aka Christi) Dembrowski is named as a member of the company.
January of 2013, two tracks by Tonto's Giant Nuts on the West Of
Memphis soundtrack, Little Lion Man and Damien Echols Death Row Letter
Year 16 1/2, list Infinitum Nihil Records in the liner notes.
Here's hoping that they are the first of many more music
Johnny can't read music.
to Bruce Witkin, in the Sweeney
DVD extras, neither he nor Johnny reads music. In a
cases while producing Johnny's voice for the film, Bruce got assistance
from a friend to make out some of the intricacies of Stephen Sondheim's
music. Johnny has also said that he learned how to interpret
chord tabs from a Mel Bay chord book.
Myth: Johnny had to pass a voice
test for Stephen Sondheim for Sweeney
to Sondheim, Johnny was already attached to the movie when Sondheim was
approached to help cast the other roles. Sondheim says,
"I figured he'd have a light baritone. You can hear it in his speaking
voice. I love him as an actor, and always have. Put those things
together, I didn't hesitate for one second...There are very few people
who can act and sing at the same time. He's one." Sondheim listened to and
approved Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen and perhaps others in
Myth: Vanessa Paradis was Johnny's
vocal trainer for Sweeney
is a rumor that has been mentioned only in the worst tabloid sources
such as Contact Music and WENN. Johnny revealed that he
not use a professional voice trainer; he prepared for the role
by listening exhaustively to available soundtracks, and doing
recordings in a studio with friend and former bandmate, Bruce Witkin.
He did, however, play his recordings for Vanessa, who
"Is that you?,"
presumably giving her stamp of approval. In addition, Johnny
that she offered advice in terms of holding the notes, and also gave
him a lot of support. But this doesn't constitute vocal
Ian Adam, a renowned
voice teacher, was said to have been coaching both
Johnny and Helena Bonham Carter shortly before his death in May of
2007; this would appear to contradict Johnny's statements, but perhaps
Adam had been assisting in a way that Johnny did not consider to be
formal training. Alternatively, perhaps he had only been
Carter. Carter does mention Adam briefly on the DVD extras,
does not mention Depp also working with him.
Myth: Johnny needed a whistling
double for Sweeney Todd.
true. According to the
Telegraph-UK (article no longer available online),
Johnny could not whistle well enough to carry the tune during the song
Pretty Women. A sound technician volunteered to record the
to which Johnny later had to mime. I have not yet seen proof
this myth, so it awaits verification from Johnny or Tim.
Myth: Johnny has refused to sing,
or has asked not to sing, in films prior to Sweeney Todd.
This is a claim I have seen
on various Sweeney Todd
forums. I have not seen any evidence for this.
On the contrary, Johnny had been amenable to singing, albeit
briefly or jokingly, in 21
Jump Street, Arizona Dream, What's Eating Gilbert Grape,
and the first three Pirates
films. For Cry-Baby,
John Waters claims that Johnny was willing to sing and made some tapes
singing the role, though
they ultimately decided to go with James Intveld's voice (see below).
He later said, "Maybe I made the wrong decision." In Charlie And The Chocolate Factory,
Tim Burton's goal was to stay as close to the book as
possible, with the Oompa Loompas (sung by Danny Elfman), singing all
Nevertheless, in a 2003 Entertainment Weekly interview
(referenced in 2008)
in which Johnny was asked if he'd be singing in the film, his reply
was, ''Sure, if that's what Tim wants.'' For Corpse Bride, Danny
Elfman has said that there was originally a song written for Johnny's
character, Victor, but that it was cut for time, not because Johnny
refused. Here is a Horror.com
interview and a suicidegirls
in which Elfman discusses the song being cut.
As for Sweeney Todd,
typically humble and coy about his vocal abilities, yet unapologetic
about taking the role. From an interview last year on About.com
(page 2): "I might be a horrible singer
but that might work for the character. You never know." Johnny
has also said that he's
not good looking and that he's not sexy, so perhaps he's not the
best judge of his own attributes! And as we now know, Johnny
is certainly not a horrible singer; his singing in Sweeney Todd has
been widely praised!
Myth: Johnny sings over the car
radio in a scene from Cry-Baby
(or at any other time in the movie).
is a rumor that has been mentioned in various fan forums, but I had
never seen any proof that this actually occurred. While John
Waters claims that Johnny has a great singing voice, he has said that
all of the vocals in the movie were dubbed by rockabilly singer James
Intveld. A few years ago, entertainment writer Todd Everett
quoted Inveld as stating:
couple of scenes when Johnny was singing along with the radio
-- John (Waters) had me come in and dub his voice there; John wanted it
to be me, every time you heard Johnny sing."
Johnny was the singer in his various rock bands.
only did occasional singing, at least in The
Kids and in P. By his own account: "Virtually none. Just backup."
He was mainly considered to be an
instrumentalist. "Never, ever, did I ever want to
Singers always got too much attention. I was always happier playing my
guitar in the dark." We do know that Johnny has done
vocals, because there is visual
evidence: (click to enlarge)
There are also rare and limited
mentions of Johnny singing. He is
apparently quoted in the 1989 Randi Reisfeld "Johnny Depp" biography
and a 1989 Superteen magazine,
explaining his role in The Kids and speculating on a potential singing
Myth: Johnny had never sung a
complete song prior to Sweeney
or False? Johnny himself has claimed
this in numerous interviews around the time that Sweeney Todd
was released. However, if Randi Reisfeld's biography
quotes Johnny and he did do "a couple of lead vocals," one would think
that he'd have had to get a whole song in there at some point!
A 1987 blurb in 16 magazine mentions singing among Johnny's
addition, this November, 1988 blurb from the teen magazine Bop mentions
Johnny singing at an audition for the TV show Fame (the Fame audition
has also been corroborated from other sources, though this is the only
one I've seen that has mentioned singing).
Johnny can't dance.
true, but he's learning!
would think that a complete song would be required for such an
audition! Either Johnny has forgotten, or he's being humble,
usual, about his talents!
More so than his vocal
has often disparaged his ability to dance. But yet, for Cry-Baby
he was game to try, and with a little help from the choreography, he
did a convincing job. As casting director Pat Moran
DVD extras: "
you had somebody with two left feet like Johnny, who was very
self-conscious of it, that you'd never know in the film...I mean, he
does a great job."
At the time of the filming, Johnny himself said, "
never danced before. I... I can't dance. Even when
I was a
kid, we'd go to like, me and my friends would sneak into the dances and
stuff, and I never danced... I could never do it."
the recent Cry-Baby
DVD interviews, he said, "
just, you know I mean I just don't dance, you know, I don't get
it. It's not my thing, you know so... so, John of course was,
'Ah, don't worry, it'll be fine, don't worry.'"
It was just a
nightmare, it was a nightmare. Horribly, horribly frightened."
What this shows, though, is that Johnny is always willing to
everything his best shot, no matter what! Johnny has also
to dance with Juliette Binoche in Chocolat
and with Helena Bonham Carter in Sweeney
, though for the latter, a spinning machine was
sometimes used to help with the effect of Johnny and Helena dancing
smoothly. For The Imaginarium
Of Doctor Parnassus
Terry Gilliam wanted Johnny to perform a tango with costar Maggie
Steed, but the choreography for the final dance was simplified
considerably because Johnny had so little time available to film the
movie. Perhaps he is finally beginning to pick up some dance
skills, though-- in 2010, he was once again required to dance, this
time with Angelina Jolie for a ballroom scene in The Tourist
According to director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, “The
dance teacher, who had taught countless people, later told me that she
has never had anybody learn a dance as quickly and as well as Johnny
did. She said it was ‘almost scary’ to see how
could learn it that fast.”
2011, Johnny partnered with Penélope Cruz for a
dance in Pirates of the
Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
Johnny sings background vocals with Vanessa Paradis on a cover
performance of the U2 song, One.
Vanessa performed the song in 1997 with Alain Lanty, but
somehow, rumors persist that it’s Johnny doing the background
vocals. Johnny and Vanessa were not even together until
was once set to sing a duet with Morrissey.
On a Morrissey
in 2000, an anonymous poster hinted that Johnny Depp was going to be a
mystery guest singing a duet with Morrissey. The rumor was
debunked in Another
claiming the rumor to be "110% untrue."
However, Johnny and Morrissey are (or at least once were)
neighbors in LA.
has performed with Dinosaur Jr.
On the same Morrissey
as above, post #67 made the mysterious remark that "Johnny Depp
actually did some backing vocals on the Dinosaur Jr E.P "Take a Run at
the Sun". In turn, J.Mascis of Dinosaur Jr often plays "The Boy with
the Thorn in his Side" at his shows." Naturally, a few Depp
sites have picked up on this rumor. However, a look at the
credits on the Dinosaur Jr EP in question does not reveal any guest
performers, only members of the band. Also, since The Boy
The Thorn In His Side is a Smiths song, and Morrissey is the former
lead singer of The Smiths, it seems more logical that the mutual favors
would have been between J Mascis and Morrissey, not J Mascis and
Johnny. That said, if anyone knows of Johnny's presence on
or any other Dinosaur Jr. EP, I'd love to know about it!
Johnny appears in the Concrete Blonde video, Joey.
Several sites, including IMDb, claim that Johnny is featured
in the 1990 Concrete Blonde video, Joey. He does not appear
in the known video, so unless there is an alternate video, the
information is false.
Johnny performs with Oasis at a 1997 concert at NYC’s
There is a bootleg recording from an FM broadcast of the October 8,
1997 show. When introducing the song Fade In-Out, Noel
Gallagher can be heard saying, “This one's called Fade
In-Out, and I’d like to introduce Johnny Depp, playing
guitar…” But the recording doesn’t tell
whole story. What Noel actually said was along the lines of
“I’d like to introduce Johnny Depp, playing guitar,
but I won’t, so f*ck off!” The recording
was most probably sanitized for the FM broadcast, but many listeners
thought Johnny was really there. Those who were present at
the show or who have seen a bootleg video of the same performance
confirm that it was all a joke on Noel’s part.
Here is a scan of the back cover of the
bootleg, Magic Apple Pie, that actually mistakenly indicates Johnny
Apple Pie scan
Johnny performs on the Rogue’s Gallery CD as Jack Shit.
recent record review of Rogue’s Gallery claims that Johnny is
“recording as Jack Shit” Seattle
and the rumor has also popped up
on various Depp fansites.
Jack Shit is a trio of musicians
consisting of drummer Dave Thomas, bassist Davey Faragher and guitarist
Val McCallum that has backed Elvis Costello for years, and they back
several artists on the Rogue’s Gallery CD.
There’s no reason to think that Johnny has slipped in
Flame or other early bands that Johnny played in became The Kids, or
The Kids became Rock City Angels.
The Kids were an established band before Johnny joined
them. Similarly, the Rock City Angels were already together
before Johnny joined the band on rhythm guitar.
Myth: Johnny was married to
the sister of the drummer from The Kids.
was once married to Lori Anne Allison, whose sister Suzanne worked for
the Kids. Suzanne married Bruce Witkin, the band's
bassist and lead singer. Drummer Beano Hanti does not even
have a sister!
with any corrections or additions!