Johnny Depp looks amused while unveiling his lifesize statue in Serbia

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E! Online has the photos we are referring to here

Dreamboat Johnny Depp unveiled a lifesize statue of himself at the International Küstendorf Film & Music Festival on Wednesday in southwestern Serbia yesterday. He was smirking and you could tell he got a huge kick out of it. The statue of the 46 year-old didn’t look much like him, even in his 21 Jump Street days, and he found some humor in the situation. Johnny was at the festival on the invitation of Serbian director Emir Kusturica, who said that he plans to cast him as Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa in an upcoming film.

Hollywood heartthrob Johnny Depp was honoured Wednesday with a life-size statue in Serbia.

“The Pirates of the Caribbean” star had a statue in his image unveiled to him by renowned Serbian director Emir Kusturica during an annual film festival – called Kustendorf – held in a mountain village in southwestern Serbia.

Depp met with Serbian President Boris Tadic upon his arrival on Tuesday.

He was then flown by helicopter to the mountaintop village constructed by Kusturica for one of his movies.

Kusturica, a two-time Cannes Film Festival winner, said he plans to make a movie with Depp.

Depp would play legendary Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa.

“Depp will be my guest for three days,” Kusturica said.

“He will lead several workshops for participants of the festival, drink wine, watch films and visit some locations where he will shoot a film about Pancho Villa.”

[From AP]

Johnny has gained some weight, probably for the recently filmed role as a down on his luck journalist in The Rum Diary. He still looks great to me, but he has more of an adorable quality now.

I would love to see Johnny play a Mexican revolutionary! I quickly read over Pancho Villa’s biography and it’s extraordinary. Villa was a leader in the Mexican Revolution around 1911 and was known for his bold, Robin Hood type tactics. Here are two of his memorable campaigns, as detailed in Wikipedia. “In one notable escapade, he held 122 bars of silver ingot from a train robbery (and a Wells Fargo employee) hostage and forced Wells Fargo to help him sell the bars for cash.” He also printed his own money and “decreed his paper money to be traded and accepted at par with gold Mexican pesos, then forced the wealthy to give forced loans that would allow to pay salaries to the army as well as food and clothes.” The US sent General John J. Pershing and 10,000 troops to pursue Villa, but the mission was abandoned after a year. Johnny will play the hell out of that role.

Johnny Depp arrives in Serbia on January 12, 2010, Credit: INFphoto.com. Also, a photo of Depp at MoMA on November 17, 2009. Credit: WENN.

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  1. Firestarter says:

    Aww, Serbia loves Johnny too.

  2. Goddess711 says:

    There’s a really good picture of him trying not to laugh at it on another site – hilarious.
    How do you capture the beauty of Johnny Depp? Y’just can’t :-) !!!

  3. sonola trip says:

    Oh, that picture of Depp looking at his statue is priceless!

    Thanks for the link CB!

  4. kermit says:

    Lots of people (women) obsess about his looks too much. He’s a very busy actor that really raised his game, put the time in, and is a versatile, skilled, well respected actor. Seems like a good person but that could be an illusion.

  5. crash2GO2 says:

    Oh phew, I’m so relieved to know his weight gain is for a role. I was worried about him. *sheepish grin*

  6. Enonymous says:

    Serbian? That’s a random country to get a statue. In one of the photos Johnny Depp looks like he is checking out his own ass and smirking.

  7. WTF?!? says:

    How awesome is THAT?!? A statue in a foreign country in your honour? Bitchin’!

  8. Sumodo says:

    Wow. Johnny Depp is filming “Rum Diary,” which was the late Hunter S. Thompson’s first book. I love Depp’s dedication to being part of Thompson’s body of work. That said, WTF? The statute was badly done and IN SERBIA???

  9. Goddess711 says:

    Matt LeBlanc is looking a lot like Matthew Broderick. That ain’t cool.

  10. Niki says:

    Hello.
    I’m from Serbia.
    Some comments are really funny, but it is because you don’t know who Kusturica is and how eccentric he is. He deliberately pushes the limits of (his) art and good taste. The aesthetics of his films is really strange, almost comical, and this statue looks like it was dropped from one of them.

    On the other hand, they are long time friends and Johnny looks more relaxed then most of the time. Maybe because we have very good wines. 8)

    This is not the first time he visits us. He was guest of honor at a film festival few years ago. :)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edyEWKIq7AQ

    And yes, we love Johnny, too. :)

  11. namaki says:

    That statue totally reminds me of Skeet Ulrich….fail

  12. juiceinla says:

    Skeet Ulrich- Laugh my ass off. seriously. priceless.

  13. Tami says:

    He’s weird and probably hasn’t showered in a week.

  14. hannah says:

    it seems like part of the appearant weight gain, in the photo where he is looking at the statue, is because he is trying not to laugh. because in the other photos he doesn’t look as funny. how great do you look when your trying not to laugh? its never a pretty sight…

  15. CB Rawks says:

    “Seems like a good person but that could be an illusion.”

    We also base it on how sweet and appreciative he is with his fans, always signing autographs and taking photos.
    And also on his love for his family, he adores Vanessa and the children. He donated a fortune to a children’s hospital that helped one of his kids.
    Plus he and the other actors gave their paycheck to Heath Ledger’s daughter when they helped complete Heath’s role in the film The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus.
    So there’s really a lot to love.

  16. Solveig says:

    Niki, I love Kusturica’s movies but that statue is not exactly as artsy as his odd works. :)
    Agreed sonola trip, that picture is priceless!

  17. Blitz says:

    I agree with kermit, and I also like to think it’s genuine. I look at it this way, the guy risked his entire career when he felt like he couldn’t be marketed and stay true to himself. Not even for a few years. That takes guts and commitment. Plus people seem to forget, he’s in LA part of the year (I think bc the studios are there) and you never or rarely see any of those contrived shots, that you’re not supposed to think are by consent) of him and/or him and his family, to boost his image.

    Go Serbia!

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