Johnny Depp gets political in Toronto: too many scarves to take seriously?

These are some new photos of Johnny Depp at the Toronto Film Festival, where he’s promoting the documentary West of Memphis. West of Memphis is about the West Memphis Three, a cause that Johnny was associated with for many years (the West Memphis Three are now out of prison). From what I can see, Johnny isn’t officially associated with the film – like, he’s not a producer and he didn’t narrate the documentary or anything. He’s just friends with everyone involved, so he came to Toronto to help the documentary. With scarves and necklaces!!! Yes, I’m not going to wade into the politics of the film (I’m including Vanity Fair’s coverage below), but I will discuss Johnny’s general appearance. MY GOD! Enough with the jewelry and scarves, dude. We get it. You love a good neckerchief. Now take a shower.

Even though he does not have a film in this year’s festival, Johnny Depp still flew into Toronto this weekend to support his friend, Damien Echols. Echols is a member of the so-called “West Memphis Three,” the subject of Amy Berg’s gripping documentary West of Memphis. “I don’t think of myself as a celebrity,” Depp told reporters at a press conference on Saturday. “I’m here as a friend. If there are people out there who will take a minute to listen to what I have to say, or what these guys have to say, they will learn a lot more about this case.”

The “case” he’s talking about is the 1994 conviction and life sentences imparted on Echols (then 18 years old), Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley, for the grisly 1993 murder of three small boys in Arkansas. At the time Echols was an authority-bucking loner who preferred long hair and trench coats, and the documentary suggests he was an easy target for police during a slipshod investigation. He was put on death row after a trial conducted by ambitious prosecutors critics claim were focused on securing a significant conviction to further their own careers.

After several years in prison, Echols’ prison pen pal-turned-wife, Lorri Davis quit her job and committed herself full-time to freeing her husband. Her efforts drew attention from Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson, and his wife, Fran Walsh, who largely funded the reinvestigation and court appeals, and also produced West of Memphis. Over time, Johnny Depp and Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder heard of the case, visited Echols in prison, became friends, and organized a 2010 benefit concert to call attention to the West Memphis Three.

After discovering new forensic and DNA evidence in 2007, the Arkansas Supreme Court eventually overturned the initial ruling in 2010. A year later, the State of Arkansas agreed to accept an Alford plea—a complicated plea deal in which a defendants asserts he or she is innocent while conceding that there is sufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt—and freed the trio after eighteen years in prison. Depp revealed that he and Echols celebrated the long-awaited release from prison over tater tots and tacos. “To finally see Damien arrive at my house, on my doorstep, was quite, you know, moving. It was a celebration, it was beautiful.” After the meal, Depp and Echols commemorated the milestone by getting matching tattoos.

Although the West Memphis Three are technically free, they still have yet to clear their names in the court system. With long black hair, wearing sunglasses and all black clothing (just like Depp) Echols told press that even crossing the Canadian border was difficult considering his history.

“The U.S. still shows I have three counts of murder on my record,” said Echols. ”I had to go through extraordinary measures that others don’t.” Appearing via Skype, Peter Jackson revealed the filmmakers may append the film with advancements in Echols’ quest for exoneration, telling reporters, “Certainly the story’s not finished.”

[From Vanity Fair]

Tater tots and tacos? Dirty hipsters. No, I get it. Well, I get the tater tot thing, I guess. Have you ever some really good tots? Man, I could go for some tots right now. As for Johnny’s matching ink and all of that… I have to give Johnny some credit, actually. He was involved with the West Memphis Three activism and “cause” when it was barely a cause célèbre, and he stuck with it and saw it to its conclusion (sort of, although I’m sure there’s more to come). I wish more celebrities took the long view of political activism. Meanwhile, I’m still waiting to see if imprisoned environmental activist Tim DeChristopher becomes a “hip” celebrity cause. He should.

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet and WENN.

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  1. gloaming says:

    He looks ridiculous from top to bottom.

  2. Jade says:

    Ugh he’s just so creepy now…

  3. Jenny says:

    Either he was on drugs when he got dressed or the person that dressed him was…or maybe both.

  4. Anahata says:

    Go back and look at photos of him in Cry Baby. The fact that there was ever someone who looked like that is enough for me. Thanks Johnny.

  5. Devyn says:

    “Now take a shower.”


    I’ve never found him to be terribly attractive, even in his prime. His hair and style of dress just make him less so IMO, but to each their own. Still respect the guy; he seems like a good person based on pretty much everything I’ve heard/read about him.

  6. Aussie girl says:

    No smile there Jonhnny still hiding those god awful teeth. Does he have some serious dentist fears, I mean good god man see a dentist! I mean this mans got to have some serious morning breath happen :-/

  7. Lucy says:

    So many bad cliches, I don’t know which to pick. Just stop.

  8. Blackbird says:

    Not a fan of this style – it’s way too ‘try-hard’ and he’s starting to look like a caricature of himself. Sometimes less is more, Johnny!

  9. Jackie O says:

    he has turned into a caricature of himself.

    • KellyinSeattle says:

      I’ve never found him attractive at all, except he has nice lips. He’s gross to me, but a good actor in some things…hated his version of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory; my son even found it creepy. And why remake it in the first place? Getting off the topic, sorry. I would never sleep with him!

  10. karen says:

    I love Johnny, could care less about what he wears – he’s done a ton of good for this “so called case”. As a supporter of the WM3 for many, many years – I find the way that article worded slightly offensive. Natalie Maines was also there – she’s halfway in pic 3. I hope one day these guys can have their names completely cleared – it is a travesty the way the justice system failed them. In any case – Johnny can wear 4748 scarves and 57494 pieces of jewelry, and it won’t change the fact he is a stand up guy…always.

    • n says:

      Karen, thank you soo much for this comment!
      Ever since he his relationship with Vanessa ended – everyone on this site is bitching about him. Like no one appreciates him for his talent or goodness anymore it’s all forgotten but now he’s only criticised for the way he dresses…

    • ZenB!tch says:

      @autumndaze Thank you. That is when I started hating on him. Then there was the pathetic drunk video. Vanessa was just icing on the cake.

      I also seem to be the only one seeing improvement in his presentation. He has always dressed like a fool and while I have always thought he had a nice face, I always thought he was too skinny and dirty to be hot. However, I will say it again. HE IS WASHING HIS HAIR. That hasn’t happened in decades.

      His acting choices are also getting weirder. He needs to re-earn the respect. Others have done it before but it takes time.

  11. RuddyZooKeeper says:

    I think the blue scarf underneath is actually a ratty, torn-up old tee shirt. You can see the blue of the tee shirt underneath the white shirt. He’s starting to remind me of my Gram-always throwing something else on overtop because she was freezing. We’ll see Johnny in a Christmas cardigan complete with sequins and puffy fabric paints very soon.

  12. bea says:

    I wish even one looked like a good necklace!

  13. DemoCat827 says:

    Why does he persist in fighting the hot? I could maybe forgive the clothes if he’d just shower more than once a month and cut that greasy mop that passes for hair.

  14. Mia 4S says:

    A walking mid-life crisis. Come on Johnny, snap out of it! You could be awesome again!

  15. Alexis says:

    Yes, the scarves are overpowering him…otherwise he is once again, classic Depp!

  16. Kristine says:

    I love him you bitches! He has more class, dignity and talent then you will ever have. He has done alot of great things. I think he looks great for his age. He has his own style, thank god. Different is god assholes! So shut the hell up.

    • Polk8dot says:


      Wow, have you forgotten your Xanax this morning, or is it just too much caffeine? Settle down, girl.

    • Jaded says:

      Who pissed in your Captain Crunch this morning darling?

    • reddmasters says:

      Ok Kristen, just like with Johnny standing up for Roman Polanksi (which I do NOT abide), this is America and we all enjoy freedom of speech, thanks to our many many wonderful people of the armed forces. We all do get bitchy sometimes. Johnny can dress however he damn well pleases, and we can all love him or hate him for it.

      • Kristine says:

        I am from scandinavia by the way.We also have freedom of speach-duh! So sorry if my grammer is not correct. But I do speak two languages, do you? I don’t really judge people on how they look. More on what they have done. And if you hate someone because the way they look you have got a big problem.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        @ Kristen-are you just assuming that all Americans only speak one language? Pretty big assumption there. Personally, I speak 3 languages.

        In addition to that, if you have a problem with people judging celebrities then maybe you should stay off of a celeb gosssip blog. *The Johnny Depp Stansite* is thatta way, girl.

      • OriginalTiffany says:

        Kristine, I know you guys think you are SO superior for being bilingual.

        Funnily enough, I’m American as is my family and we speak three languages and have passports! Amazing, isn’t it? We even do some Russian and Mandarin in addition to French and Spanish.

        Totally awesome, dude. Whatever, go somewhere you can feel superior, just use proper words and punctuation or you are not really bilingual, non?

      • lafairy says:


        Totally with you on everything …but

        “I know you guys think you are SO superior for being bilingual”

        Please don’t do the same mistake that *super intelligent* Kristine did!Do not generalize please!

        I am european, I speak 4 langages BUT there are a lot of europeans who struggle even with their own langage (very basic knowledge and poor expression) and I know americans who speak 3 langages!

        Only people who do not travel let their knowledge of the world to hang on questionable clichés !The other ones who have the chance to, they learn that the world is full of very different individuals not clichés.

        Et je sais que tu es bien mieux que ça ;) !

    • Kris29 says:

      Lol. Awesome. You wrote: “Different is God assholes.” and my brain totally read it that way. Not “Different is God, (*comma!*) assholes. Took me a good ten seconds to fully ponder “god assholes”. Jesus.

      • Genevieve says:

        @ Kris29.

        I would like to take the time to thank you for breaking down the lack of sentence structure, grammar and punctuation in little Ms. McRagey’s completely offensive post. Also, for capitalizing the “G” in God.

        There are times when certain posts are superfluous and therefore a complete waste of thread space. Additionally, idiots, rageaholics and teenagers who’ve gained access to their Mommy’s laptop should be prohibited from posting on CB.

        Thank you. :)

    • Gossip Rawker says:

      So they have complete morons in other countries too. Nice to know. We have every right to talk about his style of dress because it is absolutely AWFUL.

      Secondly, clothing aside, the man is a douche. He supports rapists, cheats on the mother of his children and whines about being famous. How does that make him a great person?

      And for the record I speak German. Like many Americans I am bilingual.

  17. Mira says:

    I like Johnny AND his fashion. He’s always been like that. Nothing new about it, and hey it’s different. Atta boy. I just want him to move away from Disney/Tim Burton for a while and get back to smaller character and story-driven projects. I miss ‘Donnie Brasco’ Johnny.

  18. Lucinda says:

    Johnny is just being who he is and who he has pretty much always been, except for the period of Vanessa and Pirates. The period that brought him such mainstream attention is when he was least himself. Ironic, no? Now everyone is griping about him being who he is instead of who they think he should be.

    • lulu says:

      Word!, everybody adored him in that period when the curse of the black pearl film came out and it was a fresh film, and his look, exactly when he was named the sexiest man alive in 2003, when people respected him, now he is showing who he really is, and people don’t like this Johnny, but he was always like this, except in the Pirates and Vanessa time. But you are all right here guys, this look is just too much 1) or midlife crisis sucked all the pretty out of him 2) or he has an horrible HIDEOUS style. his face doesn’t look good either he is starting to look puffy again, I mean in the pics of Aeroesmith concert 1 month ago he looked skinny… now again he is putting on weight…

  19. Jen34 says:

    The clothes are atrocious and he needs a shower badly, but I’m liking the face and longer hair.

    Still is a douche, though.

  20. BooBooLaRue says:

    We “get” it Johnny. You are serious. And is he starting to channel Michael Jackson by the way?

  21. skuddles says:

    I actually think Depp looks better here than he has in a long time. His face looks less bloated, more like his old self. And I’m digging the purple shades. He does, however, need a fashion overhaul. He’s done this look to death.

  22. GirlyGirl says:

    His whole “aging rockstar/gigolo” aesthetic has been slowly transforming into more of a “aging hipster who probably reeks of cigarettes and has filthy fingernails” look.

    He’s getting kind of gross.

    Also I don’t listen to actor’s political views.

  23. Meh says:

    I can’t understand the comments here! there’s nothing new in his appeareance now. He always has dressed in the same fashion!

    And actually, I think he looks a lot better than the whole two years before. Has lost weight and I find him hot again.

  24. spinner says:

    hmmm…looks like he is channeling Ozzie Osborn.

  25. Marta says:

    johny please,Now take a shower!!!

  26. blonde on the dock says:

    I love this guy!

  27. Miral says:

    I find the criticism over his look, really amusing…

    He looked the same (only without the jacket) in the “Pirates of the Caribbean 3″ world premiere at Disney, in 2007…

    And he hasn’t aged a lot either…good genes!

    Anyway, I don’t care how he looks as much I care about how good person he is…and mostly because what he does “behind the scene” and without anyone knowing it…

    Look what Damien Echols has said:

    “If it wasn’t for Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh and Johnny (Depp), really we would have nowhere to go and nothing to do when I got out. We left Arkansas like refugees, just running,” Echols said as he recalled being freed in August 2011 after being wrongfully convicted and jailed along with Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley

    Echols said Depp and Jackson offered an essential safety net for three young men ill-prepared for life on the outside.

    “It’s not like they stopped when we got out of prison… If it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t have had absolutely nothing, not a change of clothes, not a place to sleep, nothing,” he added of his life on the outside with wife Lorri Davis.

    Echols said Depp’s support wasn’t limited to Echols’ time in prison.

    “He’s been with us every single step of the way. Since we’ve gotten out, he’s become like a brother to me…”

  28. Darth says:

    Geminis are known to over-accessorize.
    How has he not been Joan Rivers’ “Fash-hole of the Week” yet?

  29. Amy says:

    I know this website has been hating on Johnny for some time and it’s gotten worse since he split from Vanessa Paradis.

    However from everything I’ve read about Depp and the way he interacts with fans, he ALWAYS makes time for them and will sign autographs to whoever asks him. He may have partied too much/drank/had issues with his long time partner. However nobody ever complains about him. And yes his hipster style is maybe pretentious but the guy has been dressing like that for years, even before being hipster was a “thing.”

    So his personal life might be in shambles but I still admire and respect the guy.

    Though I originally thought this story was about Pippa Middleton at first glance before I read the headline or really looked at the picture.

  30. Bulshit says:

    Someone needs a stylist!!!!!!!!!! He looks like he stinks…needs a haircut…terrible!!!

  31. hannah says:

    He looks like a thrift shop vomited on him, but I actually think he looks showered. His hair seems clean and shiny.

    • floridaseaturtle says:

      Crap hannah, you made me scroll all the way to the top again just to look. You might be right. At least as far as clean and shiny as he can get. Personally, I think his clothing style is “ok” for what he is going for most of the time. But I never got why girls / women would drool over him. Really. It has to be a star struck thing. If any guy was pumping gas next to you, and looked and dressed like this, a woman would normally roll up the window. So she could either laugh, or quietly lock the door.

  32. Flo Bee says:

    It never ceases to amaze me that posters are concerned with his showing habits.
    What does it matter he is a caring beautiful human being that does not feel like a celebrity but knows he is and uses it to help others.

  33. Francesca says:

    Yes too many scarves and the recent RHONYC where the St. Barth’s JD’s doppleganger banged all the women didn’t help. It only made us all laugh at men wearing eyeliner. Something desperate about that…

  34. ZenB!tch says:

    He’s washing his hair now. I see progress. Maybe the scarves will go next year? Seriously, I never knew his hair was brown. I always thought it was black under all that grease.

  35. Mary says:

    Vanessa is dating a 27 year old French businessman called Guy-David Gharbi. They’ve been together for quite sometime but are now pretending to only have started dating since May. Google his name. I don’t like his looks. Johnny is twice his age and twice better looking, it’s just that he doesn’t bother dressing up much. If he did…..swoon.

    What I’m getting at is that Vanessa is happy and inlove, and this Guy-David guy even spend time with her and her kids in their house in the south of France.

    As for this Damian Echols, can Johnny be 100% sure he wasn’t involved in the murders? Didn’t he used to go around killing and torturing animals for the heck of it. If it had been his children killed like that, would he be so willing to believe these guys had NOTHING to do with it? Somehow I think not. Thus I think JD is a hypocrite.

  36. Mischa Adams says:

    No matter what Johnny Depp puts on to himself, whether it’s too much of scarves, I really don’t care! Johnny Depp is Johnny Depp, and everything looks perfect on him!!! I wish I was one of the scarves in her neck! Love you Johnny!

  37. Jolie says:

    I don’t get the hate here. the comments people hate him for are a few among many nice words and deeds. his split seems very amicable and the stories tabloid sold as to why they split were just that,stories. as neither Johnny nor Vanessa and their publicits talk to the mags. also Vanessa said that she was in love but unhappy what else do you need more?

  38. Jrss says:

    Oh God, I agree with all of you! I was such a fan of Johny’s but this is just waaaaay over the top. He has got to be out of his mind to associate with this Damien person! Yes I watched all three of the Purgatory Lost documentorys. What if Echols DID have something to do with the three hideous murders? No one is 100 percent sure. Johnny is ruining himself with this crap. He must be really drinking alot again because he is just not thinking or acting or looking well at all! He is losing. He could turn it all around if he wanted to but as you all have already said, he seems to thrive on being as odd as possible and it is just ridiculous now!I just want to cut his hair, wash his face and put some hot jeans and a wife beater on him with NO accesssories and BOOM he would be smokin again!!… AHHHHH!