Johnny Depp ‘doesn’t give a f-’ about his recent box office failures

Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp covers the December issue of Details to promote Mortdecai. The magazine hasn’t released the cover yet, but the interview has already gone online. The scarf monster whips out his bitch in this discussion. This interview happened weeks before Johnny’s drunk variety show at the HFAs (and also before Amber Heard was reportedly “mortified). Speaking of Amber, her dad said that she and Johnny would marry this fall. It hasn’t happened yet. Will it ever happen?

Anyway. Johnny’s very defensive over his box-office record. More specifically, he claims not to care about his three consecutive box-office bombs. He doesn’t care about critics either. F*** the critics. Perhaps Johnny anticipates the failure of Mortdecai. I watched the trailer again last week, and everyone in the theater was groaning. Not in a good way. But Johnny doesn’t care! He doesn’t need your input or your loyalty. F*** that mess:

The “ephemeral” nature of life: “As Marlon once so beautifully f***ing said to me, life is a birdsong. That’s stuck with me. For everybody, the clock’s ticking. The main thing is whether you sit there and stare at the clock in fear of your ultimate demise–which is pointless–or you just live. Marlon said, ‘Be careful, we only have so many faces in our pockets. I understood what he meant–and he’s right. But I’m not running out, you know?”

Johnny don’t care no more: “What is really satisfying is, like Marlon, getting to that place where he just didn’t give a f***. First, I reached a point where I cared so much and was so diligent in terms of approaching the work. Then you get to where you care so f***ing much that it gets goddamn beleaguering, you know? But then a great thing happens. Suddenly you care enough to not give a f***, because not giving a f***, that’s the total liberation. Being game to try anything.”

On Into the Woods: “I delight in the approach we took with the Big Bad Wolf. There’s a wonderful dark humor throughout.”

On Whitey Bulger: “No one who is in fact deemed ‘evil’ ever believes they’re evil. Bulger was incredible in terms of going zero to 90 in a f***ing millisecond. And not just to coldc*ck a guy–bang-bang, forever. Yeah, that old hillbilly rage came in handy. It’s not all that far from the surface.”

Johnny’s fame is so crippling: “I’m f***in’ shy, man,” Depp says. “I’m living, in a sense, like a fugitive. I don’t like to be in social situations–it’s fine for me in a weird way, having to run and hide. Less and less, I have the opportunity to observe, because I’m the one being observed.”

On pressure for success: “It’s like being a dog at the track. They expect you to live up to some race you happened to be in and won accidentally. From that first second, you’re nothing more than a commodity. They have expectations of another Pirates. It’s great if something works. Boy, that’s killer. But God, to have that as your design … it’s ugly, I think.”

Johnny’s tired of playing the game: “The process I love. The other stuff … I can deal with being a fugitive for a bit, but I don’t know how much longer a human being really wants to be that. Actors essentially have to peddle their ass to sell the movie. All the by-products or occupational hazards of the thing … At a certain point, one has to dig deep and go, ‘Man, it is a birdsong.’”

[From Details]

I just don’t get Johnny anymore. He talks big here and tries to make us believe that he cared so much … that he had to stop caring. Worring about his work was “beleaguering,” so he stopped caring. That’s worrisome considering how much money Johnny makes. If he doesn’t care about acting, then he should step aside and let someone else worry or care about those jobs.

Johnny will eventually run out of chances to score a non-Pirates of the Caribbean hit. He has enough friends in the biz to insulate him from fallout, but it can’t last forever. Don’t get me started on how Johnny doesn’t want successful films. Daddy’s got a private island that doesn’t maintain itself.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes video from Details. Johnny plays guitar because he’s so cool.

Johnny Depp

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  1. bns says:

    He’s so embarrassing. He’s tired of playing the game, but he’ll continue to be Disney’s b*tch as long as they write him a fat check, so he can shut up.

    • qwerty says:

      Oh, but he’s doing it for teh children.

    • merski says:

      Embarrassing! Yes! That’s the word I’ve been looking for while reading this interview. Ooof…

    • LOL says:

      Embarrassing? Honey read the full interview before talking because he didn’t say anything about being tired of “playing the game” or working with Disney. He was asked about what he thinks the bad reviews and boxoffice and he said that he doesn’t care about that. I can’t believe how you people are completely missing the point.

  2. Kitten says:

    So basically Johnny f*cking Depp concedes that his f*cking career is in the f*cking sh*tter and he’s f*cking fine with it, because f*cking 25-year-old fiancee and f*cking booze.

  3. FingerBinger says:

    Johnny is becoming Nicolas Cage. Both are talented actors making craptastic movies for money. At least Cage has a reason ,he’s owes money. In Depp’s case it’s about greed.

    • Luca76 says:

      Yup no coincidence he’s quoting Brando he went down that path (self indulgence and squandered talent) too.

    • Hazel says:

      The thing with Nicolas is that he gives everything to a performance. He rarely ever phones it in and when he’s got a good script like Joe, he will nail it. Johnny Depp has just lost the ability to act.

    • JWQ says:

      I thought I was the only one who considered Nicolas Cage not as bad as everyone thinks! His problem is that he only accepts to do terrible movies and only plays bland, forgettable characters. One of my favourite movies with him is Face/Off: it’ s a dumb movie, ok, and he plays that bland forgettable character for 3/4th of the movie, but at the beginning he plays a creepy psychopath, and he is great at it! I do think he should go for the villain route, he would be great! Likewise, Depp should stop playing cartoonish characters… and stop being one in his real life as well, maybe? Some people can be campy, dress with extravagant clothes, own it and still being hugely likeable, some others can’ t!

      • Laura says:

        Face/Off is one of my all time favorite movies!! I watch it whenever it’s on cable or if I’m feeling bad. The faces that they both make in the film can instantly lift my day.

        I like the Cage/Depp comparison but I feel like Nick is more honest with us about who he is and it’s not about johnny phoning it in. Now I haven’t seen Trancendance but I do feel like Johnny was committed to Dark Shadows and the terrible mess that was The Lone Ranger.

        I’ve loved Johnny for more than half my life (I’m 31 and fell for him in Benny & Joon) but he has just become a joke of himself and I just can’t anymore. Please just take some time off and get out of the public eye. Sell properties if you need to but just hide somewhere for a few years and give us a break from the try-hardness.

      • Mary Jane says:

        I like ConAir myself.
        Cage, Cusack, Malkovich, Buscemi

        An o’er-the-top funfest. I think we might be watching this again tonight.

  4. QQ says:

    Well if Disney kept giving me more Money than Midas to sh-t the bed and wear drag makeup for a few weeks and then I got to dress like a rich Hobo the rest of the time, I wouldn’t give a f*ck either.

  5. bammer says:

    If you take the 20 million dollar paycheck then your films are expected to deliver. If you hate the game, then stop playing it.

    • Santia says:

      You know, I think I’ve lost my marbles, too, because I actually understand what he’s saying. He’s saying that he doesn’t give a f**k about the results – the success. Not the process, itself. He seems to be saying he still loves the acting, but hates the fact that the studios always expect a Pirates of the Caribbean type success. And that expectation was beleaguering and he had to get to the point where he wasn’t thinking about that anymore (not giving a f**k), which he found to be “liberating.”

  6. BellaBella says:

    I wonder if he is ill? He has that look to his face like my grandpa did when he was gravely ill. It’s the first thing I noticed.

    • Tulip says:

      I think he just looks tired, but he could definitely be ill, if only because he (seems) to always be drinking.

  7. Kiddo says:

    I must wearing a few scarves, and then a few scarves more, plus a rat hat, because I completely f-kin get where he’s coming from in that excerpt.

    • Santia says:

      Yeah, me, too. I think the header is a little misleading.

    • Moi says:

      I thought the exact same in regards to completely understanding what was being said. But I’m such a Johnny defender, that I thought “should I even post?” lol Anddd here I am.

      But yes, it made total sense, and wasn’t whiney and/or bitchy IMO.

  8. captain hero says:

    Whatever happened to ” never complain, never explain”? And you’re not Brando, scarf monster ( love it, stealing it)

  9. lisa2 says:

    I hate when people use all those F bombs and such in interviews. Just sounds so unintelligent. Just shows you lack of vocabulary to express how you feel.

    I think the media and gossip talk is bothering him. If you don’t care you don’t have to make a point of announcing it in an interview.. Mainly because it would be moot because you don’t care.
    I have never been a Johnny follower. So reading his threads I find info about him that I never new.

    That being said.. he doesn’t sound like the Johnny Depp I saw when his fans described him.

  10. Suzy from Ontario says:

    His quotes about Marlon Brando are interesting because I just read an article recently about how Marlon became so lazy about his work and so difficult to work with that he had to be fed lines through an ear mike (because he couldn’t be bothered learning them) and refused to put pants on in one movie so they had to shoot him from the waist up; was insulting to everyone and just a general jacka** and it seems like Johnny Depp is following in his footsteps. Imo, that’s just unprofessional and makes you look like a jerk. You are getting paid a lot of money to know your lines and care about doing a good job and if you no longer care, then step aside and let someone else have that work and fame and money. And stop complaining about all the negatives of fame. You chose this and you are well compensated.

    Frankly, it’s cringe-worthy seeing Depp like this. He used to be so cool and seemed to really have it all together when he was with Vanessa Paradis. Since leaving her in the midst of his mid-life crisis (and yeah, maybe she kicked him out, who knows?), he’s been going downhill fast, both career-wise and personally.

    He’s always liked quirky movie roles, but at least not ALL of them were strange characters where he spends a lot of time in makeup. Now all his acting is starting to look the same and honestly, he’s just not that good of an actor. Mortdecai looks horrible…like embarassingly horrible. And add his recent attitude to his drinking and drunk behaviour of late and it’s just …yuck. Amber Heard looks like an idiot to be with him and marrying him would be a huge mistake and everyone knows they’ll be getting divorced within a year or two…probably after she has a kid so she can get whatever money he does have for child support.

    • Phenix says:

      Yes. I’m a huge fan of Marlon Brando, I think he’s one of the most talented and beautiful people in history, but he was as self destructive as one can be. You do not take life lessons from Marlon Brando. And Johnny should know, since he was with Brando towards the end, with Brando tied to a hospital bed, in financial ruin and with his family in shatters.

      • Peppa says:

        Great actor, terrible man. I would not want to follow in his footsteps if I were Johnny.

      • lirko says:

        I think Johnny kind of romantasizes Brando’s suffering, and while it’s true that amazing art can be born out of despair, it’s far more likely it will just suck the quality out of life…which is certainly what happened to Brando, and perhaps is happening to Depp, too.

    • lunchcoma says:

      Yeah, I found that very telling, both of Depp’s attitude and his immature understanding of who Brando was as a person. Brando wasn’t just an ass as an older actor, either. Truman Capote’s interview of him in 1957, when he was only in his early 30s, famously made it clear that he was The Worst.

      http://www.theguardian.com/theguardian/2007/sep/11/greatinterviews

  11. Cici says:

    If Johnny doesn’t want Disney to put pressure on his movies to succeed at the box office like the original Pirates movie, maybe he shouldn’t be charging $50 million for the sequels. If he truly didn’t give a f*ck about the money, he would be doing interesting movies instead of big budget sequels.

  12. paola says:

    I think Tim Burton and Disney spoilt him to no end. Every role he plays it’s now a caricature of himself and the 25 year old fiancee stunt is really lame.
    Vanessa Paradis came out of their relationship like a winner.

  13. TheCountess says:

    Does he really think repeatedly invoking Marlon Brando’s name gives him a creative or personal pass? Brando ultimately wasted his talent and became a bloated mess, physically and privately. Johnny is well on his way to doing the same.

  14. Lilacflowers says:

    Whitey Bulger as a hillbilly? No, just no.

    • Peppa says:

      I thought he was saying his (Johnny’s) inner hillbilly was coming out while playing Bulger. Idk, it was worded weird.

  15. Falkor says:

    The mouth-breather who dangles from his arm professionally might care. Amber wants to be a STAH and if she figures out Johnny can’t help her, homegirl will jump train so fast it will make his rat trap hat spin.

  16. smcollins says:

    I don’t know, he is who he is, and he’s kind of always had this attitude. But, to still have that attitude after all the success (not to mention the millions) he’s achieved just comes across as ungrateful. He seems to have digressed a bit from family man back to bad boy (hes always had an edge to him, but you know what I mean). He’s still a great actor, though, and I still love him.

  17. Jen says:

    What a name-dropping, teenage, pseudo-philosophical, egotistical mess. Dude, if you’re in a quest for birdsong, go and do some charity work. Do some independent films. Go do music full-time, if that’s your dream; you can afford it. But if this is your choice, and I don’t believe for a second that it isn’t, be a professional, live up to the expectations of your employers, and earn your pay check.

    One thing you can say about Keith Richards, on whom Depp is clearly modelling himself: he plays the game. He turns up, he works hard, does his damn best, and he doesn’t complain or bitch or talk about the great men who’ve bestowed their wisdom on him. For god’s sake, what a man-child. Vanessa Paradis, I feel for you.

    • LOL! says:

      He’s doing independent films: Tusk, Yoga Hosers, London Fields and Lucky Them are those examples
      And he always has done charity work, but he doesn’t goes around getting publicity for it.

  18. just me says:

    Haters gonna hate
    There’s nothing wrong with what he said. He earned his right to not to care anymore.
    Also i believe he’s free enough to chose any role he wants even if it’s some B-Movie. The people forgot he acted in several movies -even uncredited and more than likely for free – the past year like “Lucky Them” (i bet some of you don’t know that movie exists). Tusk (uncredited), London Fields with his fiancee and “Yoga Hosers” with his daughter. That’s how i understand what he’s talking about
    On the Mortdecai trailer for the first time he looks like having fun since years, and creating a new iconic character in the vein of his Edward Scissorhands and Jack Sparrow
    And he looks amazing on the video of the photoshoot!
    So what to hate here?
    Oh because it’s a trend to act as he were killing your puppies everytime

    • Falkor says:

      No, criticism isn’t hate and it’s so lazy and unimaginative to imply that it is, almost as lazy and unimaginative as Depp. An artist will and should always be measured by the quality of the art that they produce. There is no artistic merit to this man’s current work and I won’t pretend there is to accommodate people who think criticism is just jelli h8rs.

    • lunchcoma says:

      If he wants to only appear in things he finances or in Pirates of the Caribbean movies, more power to him. His other failures aren’t just about him, though. Other people’s careers are on the line, and not caring seems terribly crass in light of that.

  19. Lisa says:

    Oh, he’ll be playing the game and kissing all butts next year when his big Oscar-baity movie comes out.

  20. Calcifer says:

    Two words:

    Over. Privileged

  21. enya says:

    Nice package.

  22. Meow says:

    I adore Johnny. I love lots of his films.
    No one makes great films every time.
    Johnny has always been eccentric.
    If people don’t like that, they can like someone else.,

  23. CuriousCole says:

    If I had earned $300 million for one (or two) films, I probably wouldn’t give a f*ck either. But I’d either retire or continue giving my all at work, none of this whiny, self-obsessed BS. Johnny seems quite taken with Brando, which I find ominous. As previous posts have mentioned, Brando did become a lazy ass who didn’t bother learning lines, wearing pants, being respectful, or speaking intelligibly. Johnny is clearly trying to surpass his idol, although I don’t know that I’d complain if he went without clothes. Not yet anyway.

  24. Sofacat says:

    Dear oh dear. What happened to this guy? Now he’s just an arrogant creep.

  25. GingerCrunch says:

    Social anxiety + self-medicating = raging alcoholic.

  26. Marianne says:

    I think he probably needs a good rehab stint. Focus on himself for awhile, and then come back. Anyone is capable of a comeback. Anyone is capable of taking good roles, but you have to be ready to fight for them.

    • Shambles says:

      + 300. I hope he gets help and comes back to his roots. I’ll always love and believe in him (I’m a die-hard Johnny-loonie), but I really do think he needs a good getaway.

  27. sophie says:

    I feel dumb asking this, but I am only able to view a small number of posts. What do I have to do to read all posts (the ones that have a lot of comments).

  28. Anon says:

    Alcoholism is progressive, usually the drunk is the last one to know it.

  29. Shambles says:

    Johnny and Amber are not going to end up married. He’s a serial proposer but he never makes it down the aisle. The only person I believe he would have made it to the altar with is Winona (I’m obsessed with their relationship, sorry but not), had her dad not put the axe on their engagement. There’s no chemistry between these 2. She’s a Barbie doll playing her own kind of game, and for someone who’s so f*cking tired of playing the f*cking game you’d think he’d see her for what she is and be disgusted by it. I just need Winona to swoop back in and bring him back to life. Can’t help it.

  30. Coco says:

    He’s been playing Jack Sparrow since 2003. I like him, but he doesn’t have that much range, and nobody takes him seriously on serious roles.

    • Bill says:

      This lol I agree coco

    • KK says:

      Oh really? Is that why he’s been nominated for the Oscar 2 times after that? Are you sure you’ve seen Secret Window, The Libertine, Finding Neverland, Sweeney Todd, Public Enemies, The Tourist, The Rum Diary, Dark Shadows, Transcendence, Tusk and Lucky Them? because you obviously only saw the pirates movies.

    • Veronica says:

      I used to think that, too, until I watched some of his older films and was very impressed. There was a point where he really was passionate about what he did, and it showed in the work. It’s fine that he’s into the money now – I just need him to try and stop pretending that he isn’t.

  31. kri says:

    “Marlon says”, “Marlon said”, BLAH, BLAH ,BLAH….Marlon who?!?! Wayans?!?! He’d be a sight better off taking Marlon Wayans as an example than Brando-a great talent who willfully destryed himself physcially and mentally. FFS, johnny please clean up and get your f*cking head on f*cking straight. What a derp.

  32. RenaA says:

    Johnny has perhaps crossed over to full alcoholism/drug addiction and is living in denial. So much talent out the window and now its get in costume and take the money and run.

  33. sarah says:

    He needs to get it through his Tonto head that he is NOT Marlon Brando. Name dropping is so tacky & not to mention GrandpaJack is a Disney sell out not an “artiste”.

  34. Cindy says:

    He sounds like a teenager-has he always been this emotionally stunted, and it is now coming out, or is he reverting mentally because of alcoholism? The alcoholics I have known seem to fall apart in their fifties. For all his protests that he doesn’t give a f*ck, I think he always has. He seems to want to craft this downfall like it is some creative/existential/great artist thing, but he’s just becoming an ass. Oh well. Enjoy your island.

    • KK says:

      He’s becoming an ass? He says he doesn’t care about the boxoffice and what critics think and not that he doesn’t care about his work and craft. He’s always been this way.

    • lirko says:

      There is a theory that alcoholics/addicts remain the age they were when they started using in earnest because it kind of stunts their emotional growth by compromising their abilities to experience reality and figure out effective ways to cope with it

      • SilkyP says:

        @lirko Very well put. I’m afraid this is exactly the case with Depp – he’s not a fully grown up man. Alcohol and being spoilt by all the advantages he has had over the years have put him out of touch with reality.

      • Melanie says:

        Ugh, so true. And not a theory in my experience. When my dad finally got sober, it was like dealing with a 14 year old boy. I kid you not. His maturity level was decades lower than his actual age. My dad started drinking around 11-12 yrs old and says he was a full blown alcoholic by 13.

  35. RosettaStoned says:

    I remember long, long ago, in the mid ’90s, reading a magazine (probably Seventeen or similar lol) and there were quotes from various celebrities about new year’s resolutions. They asked Johnny and he said something about thinking that resolutions are stupid, but then he said “No wait — I resolve to smoke MORE.” So I think he’s always had a chip on his shoulder about that sort of thing… but I remember that even back then, and I was maybe only 14, it put me off him a bit. Just sounded so unnecessarily confrontational. He seems like he enjoys clinging onto his vices, and when someone not only lacks self-discipline, but actively shuns it (often based on some pseudo-artistic barely-fleshed-out life philosophy that feeds the ego) that is a turn-off for me.

  36. capepopsie says:

    Wow! I find that rather disrespectful, I have to say. :-(
    He really should mind. Money has this annoying
    habit of running out. He´s been on a downward
    spiral now for so long, I Think people are loosing
    their sympathy for him, and he is going to need
    Money, lots of it! A piece of advice: Don`t ever degrade
    the people who have helped you build your wealth!
    Just saying. . . .

  37. lrm says:

    He drops marlon brando stories in nearly every interview i’ve seen with him. Watch the last 2 or three dave letterman, for example. Depp told the same dam* stories.
    He became a caricature of himself as far as persona and image, after the first pirates film. The first one was okay and fun-but signing on for #2 just hastened the demise of Depp’s cool in my eyes. Loved benny and joon, gilbert grape, chocolat, etc.
    Also, at that point, it was a great run for him, not a monotonous pattern of only playing quirky eccentric characters. I think that’s why Burton was great for awhile, too. A few movies is not monotonous. A half dozen is.

  38. some bitch says:

    I stopped giving a f–k about his films too.

  39. BlackBetty says:

    He should mind. Can’t stand it when actors complain about earning millions! I wish I could earn that much, just for one project.

  40. Veronica says:

    That’s good he doesn’t give a f*ck because apparently nobody else did, either. He’s grown to be a caricature of himself, hasn’t he? Dating a 20s something post-divorce. Getting drunk on stage. Dropping Brando’s name every five seconds, and using Marlon cuz JSYK we were buds, guys.

    Do we think this is going to be Leo in 15 or so years?

  41. Jayna says:

    I took it differently. That he stopped caring so much and consumed with it and started just doing it and enjoying it without the angst around the process and its success. Maybe I’m wrong because he talks in circles.

    He is an alcoholic, and I hope Amber doesn’t saddle herself with him. He’s not a catch at this stage of his life. So many other famous actors handle their fame with so much class. I get whining about some of it, but when the whole interview is whining and leaving out all of the perks or balance to the other great side to it, I tune out.

  42. vya says:

    He’s continuously bombing his movies that the produces invested millions of dollars into so of course they care. He doesn’t care because he still got his $10m something paycheck regardless of the success of the film. Why are people still hiring him? He’s a death trap. Stop hiring him then once all his money is gone then he’ll care.

    • LOL says:

      He’s got his own production company, he produces his own movies these days and he put his own money on his last few “flops” so he doesn’t need anybody to hire him. He can do as much movies as he wants regardless of whether they do well or not, he’s very well connected. He is actually still a big draw to the general public and his huge fanbase and His 450 million will never be gone.

  43. Kit Digby says:

    He gives such boring, predictable interviews, but that’s lovely guitar playing. He should do more of that.

  44. ickythump says:

    I used to luv jd but hes become such an entitled bore – and it must be nice to hav enough money to not hav to give a f*** Yea, marlon brando – gr8 role model. Hes turned into such an arse since he split with vanessa – she obviously kept him grounded. . He seems to be in classic male menopause syndrome now. Lets hope he snaps out of it soon. What he should do if hes fed up with his life now is give something back – he might even remember why he started acting in th first place – go mentor some new upcoming actors – anything that could make it real for him again – he could be cool again if he really wanted to be