Johnny Depp: It’s going to be “swell” working with Angelina Jolie

Walt Disney Pictures & Buena Vista Records Alice in Wonderland Fan Event

Johnny Depp spent some time over the weekend doing some promotional work for Alice in Wonderland. On Friday, he attended the Walt Disney Pictures & Buena Vista Records Alice in Wonderland Fan Event in Los Angeles, which is where these photos are from. I’ve seen other photos of Johnny dutifully signing autographs outside of the event as well, so when Depp turns it on, it’s on. He’s a promoting machine! Except not really. Johnny eschewed most of the magazines who would have given carte blanche for an interview, and instead sat down with the site Coming Soon for an extensive interview about everything from Tim Burton to the Mad Hatter (his role in Wonderland) to his project with Angelina Jolie, The Tourist. The full interview is here, and here are some of the highlights:

Q: When [Tim Burton] came to you and said the Mad Hatter, what was your reaction to that?
Depp: Well, I mean to be honest he could’ve said Alice and I would’ve said [yes]. I would’ve done whatever character Tim wanted, but yeah, certainly the fact that it was the Mad Hatter was a bonus. It was because of the great challenge to try and find this guy and not to just sort of be rubber ball heaved into an empty room and watch it bounce all over the place. So to find that part of that character but also a little more history or gravity to the guy.

Q: There’s kind of a tragic nature to the Mad Hatter’s background in this, too, that I’ve never seen before in an “Alice in Wonderland.” Can you talk about that?
Depp: Well, I think that part of it, there’s the whole Hatter’s dilemma really, which is where the term ‘mad as a hatter’ came from; the amount of mercury that they used in the glue to make the hats and everything was damaging. So in terms of The Hatter, looking at him from that perspective, it’s this guy who’s, yeah, literally damaged goods. He’s physically damaged. He’s emotionally a little obtuse. It was kind of taking that and deciding that he should be as opposed to just this hyper and nutty guy, he should explore all sides of the personality at an extreme level. So he could go from one second being very highfalutin and with a lot of levity and then straight into some kind of dangerous potential rage and then tragedy. So, yeah, it was interesting. Trying to map it out was really interesting.

Q: Did you think you would have such a successful career when you started?
Depp: No, not at all. I had no idea where anything was going but you can’t. It’s almost impossible to predict anything like that. I had no idea. I had hoped. I mean, truly, after having, or I felt like after I’d done “Cry-Baby” with John Waters and “Edward Scissorhands” with Tim that they were going to cut me off right then. I felt at that point that I was on solid ground and I knew where I was going or where I wanted to go and I was sure that they would nix me out of the gate. But I’m luckily still here.

Q: You and Tim have collaborated on so many projects. How did you see your relationship, both personal and professional, grow on this film? Tim said that each time he works with you that you surprise him. Do you feel the same way?
Depp: Yeah, each time out of the gate with Tim the initial thing for me is to obviously come up with a character but then you start thinking that there’s a certain amount of pressure where you go, “Jesus, will this be the one where I disappoint him?” I try to really hard, especially early on to just come up with something that’s very different that he hasn’t experienced before, that we haven’t experienced together before and that I think will stimulate him and inspire him to make choices based on that character. So I basically try not to embarrass him.

Q: If the next project was motion capture for you, would you don a suit like they did in “Avatar”?
Depp: I don’t know. What color is the suit?

Q: Black.
Depp: Black? It matches my eyes. I suppose. Look, I’ll put anything on. It doesn’t matter to me, obviously. Look at me. Yeah, no. I don’t mind.

Q: Of all the characters and all the movies that you’ve worked on with Tim, which one of them has been your children’s favorite?
Depp: My children’s favorite, and it’s funny because they’ve seen it but they have a difficult time watching it because it’s their dad and they make that connection, but it’s “Edward Scissorhands.” That’s by far my kid’s favorite.

Q: Why is that?
Depp: They just connect with the character and also they see something, their dad feeling that isolation, feeling that loneliness. He’s a tragic character and so I think it’s hard for them. They bawl when they see that movie.

Q: Can you talk a little about what you’re doing on “The Tourist” and how you’re enjoying working with Angelina Jolie?
Depp: Well, I haven’t done anything yet.

Q: When do you start shooting?
Depp: I think Tuesday.

Q: What was it about the project that made you want to sign on?
Depp: I liked the French version, the French film. I liked it a lot. My friend played the part in that and I liked it and I thought, yeah, it might be interesting to explore this kind of character. But I mean you never know what’s going to happen. I suspect there might be a few paparazzi in Venice.

Q: Johnny, we heard that there’s not going to be any Keira Knightley or Orlando Bloom in the next “Pirates.” Is it going to be more Jack Sparrow front and center?
Depp: Yeah, there’s no Keira or Orlando in there. I don’t know. I don’t think we’d ever throw too much Jack Sparrow in there. It’ll be everybody.

[From Coming Soon]

Johnny also talked to Fox News about going to Europe to work with Jolie, saying “You never know what’s going to happen. I suspect there may be a few paparazzis in Venice.” Then he said it will be “swell” to work with Angelina. Sigh… seriously, Vanessa Paradis and Brad Pitt are going to have to watch their backs. It’s going to be epic.

Oh, one last note about Johnny: he narrates the new documentary about The Doors called When You’re Strange: A Film About the Doors. Depp said in a press release: “As a rock ‘n’ roll documentary, or any kind of documentary for that matter, it simply doesn’t get any better than this. What an honor to have been involved. I am as proud of this as anything I have ever done.”

Walt Disney Pictures & Buena Vista Records Alice in Wonderland Fan Event

Stills from Tim Burton s Alice in Wonderland surreal fantasy movie

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  1. Kim says:

    What he hasn’t worked W AJ .Star Magazine claimed they were drinking red wine and rehearsing weeks ago. OMG did Star magazine lie

  2. monkey says:

    i love him, i always have – always will. on a side note, not too long ago i read that his girl was all gushing about their love and i thought “no girl don’t.” because gushing is the end in their world and now he is off to work with jolie – it could well be doomsville. for him and his chica. let the fun begin!

  3. monkey says:

    he’s cuter than pit and just as odd as billy bob – she’s gonna fall in love.

  4. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    I am only excited about them working together because I view them as so similar. Both Geminis, both reformed wild childs, both tattooed lovers names on their person (and had them removed/covered), and more importantly both talented. I hope they don’t like cancel each other out with their hottness, but we shall see. This like confirms he is really working with her because I wasn’t sure. So I am thrilled.

  5. princess pea says:

    Nah, monkey, Vanessa has gushed about him since day one. There are numerous interviews where she’s asked about him and coos. Means nothing, and I seriously doubt he’d be interested, even IF Angie was planning to ditch Brad for another costar. It takes two to tango, and this one has his dancing partner picked out already.

  6. Gracie says:

    I honestly don’t believe that Johnny would mess around on Vanessa with anyone. I never get that vibe from him.
    He has always seemed like a one woman guy.

    Like he dates women one at a time and during your time, you get his full and undivided attention.

  7. Jeri says:

    I think Johnny can handle himself – I’m sure he’s had actresses throw themselves at him before. Jolie better watch her back.

  8. Eileen Yover says:

    Johnny’s so stinkin’ cute. And Tim Burton is Ah-maz-zing! A freaking genius! The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of my all time favorite movies.

  9. KIKI says:

    She is not even hot anymore. She looks exactly like her dad, so no, I think Angie’s days as a seductress are over. The bloom is off the rose. Johnny will be ok.

  10. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    #4 he is and Angelina is the same way. Thats something you can say for Gemini’s/decent people. The only thing scandalous and sexy we shall see is gonna happen on the screen. I hope so…now its one thing they not together irl, but I wanna see some serious “going at it” with their characters on screen. ^_^

  11. teri says:

    I’m so looking forward to seeing this movie. The tabs so want this to be more than it will be in the love department. No go tabs, both are happily committed. I don’t know why some still say there was an affair with Brad and Angelina, there wasn’t.

  12. Blitz says:

    Well Johnny you like being in Star Mag and having tabloid readers talking about you? Depp fans never talk dumb gossip about him, unless they did during that teen show he did, which I don’t even remember. Feels like a real step down for him. If we start to see a ton of “candid” shots of his kids we’ll know he’s a sell-out too.

  13. Scout says:

    I love Johnny Depp and think he is unusually good-looking, but IMHO, he does not come close to Brad’s good looks – that is, when he is not sporting the ugly beard and looking like he is homeless. Underneath that unfortunate choice of looks, he still has the classic kind of good looks that Paul Newman and Robert Redford had.

  14. cee says:

    All this talk must be so funny to Brad and Angie. They are so much in love.

  15. Eileen Yover says:

    I’m all for us regular people having a favorite celebrity or celebrity couple, but it just creeps me out to no end when I read some of the people on here talking about these celebrities like they know them and just had a candid convo about thier love life over morning coffee.

    Kaiser- everytime you guys run a Brangie or JA post…the Twilight Zone theme song automatically starts playing in my head the second I start reading the replies. (If you write it….they will come)

  16. truthSF says:

    @ Eileen Yover, Lol at your Twilght Zone comment, so true, so true. I have my own opinion on this threesome:
    1. I like all three
    2. They are all decent actors
    3. All three seems to be in a commited relationship.
    4. They all seem to be putting an effort in making their relationship work.
    5. I highly doubt any romance will be happening between the 2 main co-stars off camera, but it won’t stop the tabloids from writing their own Jolie/Depp love affair novels.

  17. Maritza says:

    I bet the both couples will become best friends and their kids will be playing with each other and they will all visit each other on the kids birthdays.

  18. Cheyenne says:

    Oh for pete’s sake, they are both in committed relationships and both have families with their partners. I don’t think either Pitt or Paradis have a thing to worry about. The tabs are going to have to dig up some dirt someplace else.

  19. Essie says:

    I seriously doubt Vanessa and Brad need to “watch their backs.” Ridiculous!! Brad and Johnny have been friends for 20 years and the couples visit each other when they are in the South of France. They are friends, good friends. They also both have small children and are in committed relationships. Only the ragmags will try to make something out of nothing just like they did when Angelina worked with James McAvoy in “Wanted.” There were all kinds of ridiculous stories from “sources” on the set. And there were a few stories from “sources” on the set of “Salt” about Angelina and Liev Schreiber, until the photos came out of Liev’s little boy playing with and looking just like, Shiloh!! Angelina has been in lots of movies since she hooked up with Brad and the ragmags make up a story every time. Shows what fools they are.

    I am looking forward to this movie through because I like both actors. I don’t think it will be all that sexy because Johnny Depp, to me, is just not very sexy and he doesn’t come across as sexy on the screen. He just plays interesting characters that usually make me laugh or cry.

  20. Emily says:

    ITA Eileen Lover. Some people are just deluded.

    I think if they do hook up (which I’m hoping won’t happen), tabloid editors the world over will spontaneously orgasm or die of happiness. It’d be a wet dream come true.

  21. Camille says:

    Couldn’t agree with you more truthSF. You just know that the tabs will be printing the most ridiculous stories ever. Still it might make for more entertaining stories than the usual JA/BP/AJ borefest that they normally do! lol

  22. Solveig says:

    Burton should’ve cast Elijah Wood as the Mad Hatter: he would have saved lot of money on make up.
    And Johnny Depp seems too involved with Vanessa and their children to waste their happiness* for a venus flytrap vadge and tons of paparazzi.
    I’m a fan of Johnny as an actor and I don’t have any expectations from him as a person, but I do think that I would be disappointed by him if he decides to join the circus of homewrecking and famw*ring that Angelina’s world is.

    *I think they are a happy family, I’m not saying that their certainly are. I don’t know them personally.

  23. I’m sure they’ll be okay working together. I just can’t wait to see this film. Too much goodness in one movie haha

  24. helene says:

    I’m pretty sure that Johnny can take care of himself. Have always loved him and think that he is unspeakably hot. However, IMO his taste in women has always been questionable. AJ may fall in on set love, but if she even looks at him wrong in an IRL way, Vanessa will kill her without hesitation. Tabs, tv, etc. would really love that story.

  25. snapdragon says:

    i want to do bad things with him…real bad things ;)

  26. lauram says:

    “Johnny also talked to Fox News”

    Nope, they just added a couple of quotes from the Alice press conference to the Coming Soon interview.

    I don’t know where “swell” came from though…

  27. Emily says:

    “Burton should’ve cast Elijah Wood as the Mad Hatter: he would have saved lot of money on make up.”

  28. hellnbackl says:

    Why the hell do people go on about AJ having it off with her co-stars, lets see there’s been …..Gerad Butler, Daniel Craig, Ethan Hawke, Kiefer Sutherland, Oliver Martines, Antonio Banderas, Matt Damon, Colin Farrell, Val Kilmer, Jude Law, Nicholas Cage or even maybe Denzel Washington…..what none in that list….oh thats right she married 3….. hell I know people who have slept with 3 different co-workers in a year. Leave it alone….She has 6 kids, she way too busy, her two youngest are probably teething, they’re at that age. I hardly thing she goin to turn it on for Johnny and cram a secret affair into her schedule (did I mention it she has 6 kids). Geez most of us think she’s superhuman but really….There’s only so much you can fit in a day!

  29. suze says:

    Been wondering who he reminded me of.
    Solveig- You’re so right the Mad Hatter looks just like Elijah Wood !

  30. Kelli says:

    “Oh for pete’s sake, they are both in committed relationships and both have families with their partners.”

    So were Angelina and Brad when they cheated on their partners with each other.

    Fidelity doesnt mean a thing to Angelina, so saying shes in a committed relationship as an excuse for her NOT to cheat doesnt work at all since shes done it before.

  31. CB Rawks says:

    “She is not even hot anymore.”

    Okay Kiki, whatever you need to tell yourself.
    AJ’s not my type, I prefer cute/sweet beauty like Sandra Bullock or Charlize Theron, but I can fully admit that AJ is frosty exquisite.

  32. Ursula says:

    I don’t think Vanessa has anything to worry about Johnny will see the Gills on St Angie and back off. Seriously, Angelina is so 2003, I bet only pervs have fantasies about her these days.

  33. celandine says:

    Ah, you say it’s going to be “swell” NOW, but that because you’ve still got all of your life force. Brad is looking more and more like the blood-donation dude in Hot Shots.

  34. lisa says:

    They want this to be true. Angelina married 2 men. She did not have a relationship with any of the men you mentioned. She was single and if she did nothing wrong with it. But the people who need to believe it will. Even though she and these men have all said NO RELATIONSHIP. and really why do they need to lie.

    this is non story. These people get hit on all the time Really The average Joe gets hit on. Each of these people are in the relationdship that makes them happy. Brad/Johnny are actually friends. so this is such a non story. Angelina is a beautiful woman, and a mother of 6 and a partner..

    But I guess quoting the lying rags is the way to go. Funny that they don’t know basic stuff.. LIKE THE FACT THAT JOHNNY AND ANGELINA HAVE NOT EVEN STARTED FILMING.. but STAR Mag has already started the lies. and yes we see it is a lie. They both have their familie with them.. and don’t be surprised if we see some couple time and or play dates.. That would so put a thorn in the stories the rags are creaming themselves to write.. Fingers crossed.. I love when they print stories then later look like complete fools.. one would think after 5+ years they would find a new topic.. this one has been beaten to death.

  35. DD says:

    I’m looking forward to this movie. I think they’ll make a hot pairing in the movie of course, but I hope Angie works out, eats a bit so she doesn’t look so frail anymore.

  36. celandine says:


    Who’re the greater fools – the “lying tabs” or the people who buy them? They only write what they know sells, and if Brangelina truly wanted a private life, why do they continue to talk about their relationship (and the “sex grotto”!) in interviews, whilst pimping their kids out to W? I hope they look at Johnny and Vanessa and learn how to bring up a family out of the limelight. Then the tabloids will finally leave them alone.

  37. Mariella says:

    Angelina is still much more beautiful than most of Hollywood. She’s had 5 children and a partner and has acquired mega-fame since 2003 so cut her some slack. Let’s see a picture of you after all that stress, Ursula and Kiki. Otherwise, STFU.