Johnny Depp is EW’s Entertainer of the Decade


Damn! Johnny Depp has just been named Entertainment Weekly’s Entertainer of the Decade. EW compiled a list of fifteen entertainers, and Depp came out on top! And on the cover. Depp adds this honor to his recent crowning as People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive 2009. EW also names people such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Justin Timberlake, Tina Fey, and Will Smith. Kind of vanilla, yes? I mean, sure, I love Tina and everything, but one of the entertainers of the decade? Er… okay.

When the decade began, Johnny Depp wasn’t the Johnny Depp of today—one of Entertainment Weekly’s 15 Entertainers of the Decade.

Yes, he was a talented and critically acclaimed actor. But he wasn’t yet a surefire box-office draw. Then, in 2003, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl happened. Capt. Jack Sparrow was one of those without-a-net performances, so singular and subversive that it’s hard to believe Depp got away with it. An added bonus was that the actor, now 46, was able to sink his soul into a blockbuster character without selling it.

And no one was more baffled by his and the movie’s success — the first of the three Pirates films eventually raked in $305 million — than Depp himself.

When he sat down with EW in 2003, Depp said, “All I can say is for a guy like me who’s been dangling in this business for the last 20 years, to finally have something hit, it’s unexpected and very touching.”

Now, in EW’s Best of the Decade issue, Depp shares something else unexpected and very touching: an extensive, uncharacteristically revealing list of his pop-culture essentials, including movies, books, and music. For instance, what are the man behind Capt. Jack’s two favorite albums by, who else, the Rolling Stones?

“Almost impossible to pick one LP, even more difficult to name just two, as they are all glorious, ” says Depp of Sticky Fingers and Tattoo You. “But these efforts have successfully soundtracked many a riotous late night out, slurping up the city, in another life.”

[From Entertainment Weekly]

Well, congratulations to Johnny. With all of these magazines falling all over themselves for him, it’s a wonder he doesn’t have an Oscar already. You know that the second he wins one, the anti-Depp backlash will begin. And it will probably die quickly, because I think most people think Depp is pretty awesome. He’s like James Bond – men want to be him, women want to be with him.

In other Depp news, he is most likely signing on to play Pancho Villa in a bio-pic called… wait for it… Seven Friends of Pancho Villa and the Woman With Six Fingers. That honestly has “Oscar” written all over it. Johnny’s costar in the film would likely be Salma Hayek, probably playing this elusive six-fingered woman. Oh, and the dialogue would be Spanish-heavy. According to Variety, “The script is based on the biographical novel “The Friends of Pancho Villa,” in which author James Carlos Blake recounts how Villa and his compadres had a great time fighting and robbing the rich, but also dancing, partying and making love.” Is anyone else getting hot at the idea of Salma and Johnny going at it like rabbits?

Entertainment Weekly cover courtesy of Celebrifi.

Johnny Depp arrives for the Museum of Modern Art Film Benefit Tribute to Tim Burton in New York

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  1. Velvet_Julie says:

    I love some clean cut Johnny. I don’t think “scruffy” is his best look, though he seems to disagree with me. :).
    Anyway, he’s awesome, a great actor, a great beauty and a devoted family man. It’s very admirable how he got over his wild years of partying and became a balanced adult. One good example for all those wild spoiled Hollywood starlets we have out there.
    I also love how nice he is to his fans. He deserves the title.

  2. l says:

    oh I like this cover photo MUCH better that the People SMOTY!

  3. Sumodo says:

    Good choice.

  4. Firestarter says:


  5. lucy2 says:

    Best choice! Great career, great guy.

  6. gia says:

    He is the hottest, the best, hands down. Go Johnny!

  7. juiceinla says:

    Johnny Depp can do no wrong. Sure I’ll see Pancho Villa, but

    A while back he filmed “don quixote” with Terry Gilliam- whose work I adore beyond reason. I wish they would finish that film and release it. Such a bummer.

  8. Linda says:

    Boy, he looks impressed.

  9. Vermithrax says:

    The busted hobo look has really got to go…. but that well-aside, he is the man.

  10. Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself says:

    “All I can say is for a guy like me who’s been dangling in this business for the last 20 years, to finally have something hit, it’s unexpected and very touching.” One of the many reasons why I love him. Thank God he’s finally getting some credit for all his years of work! If Pattinson is still in the biz 20 yrs from now and producing good work, give it to him then.

  11. Lem says:

    …… In My Pants

  12. moo says:

    Johnny can do no wrong, IMO He’s a wonderful entertainer!

  13. Miss Thang says:

    I agree, this cover is SO much better. He looks super hot! Nice choice. 🙂

  14. kruczynski says:

    He’s so perfect that I can’t even find him sexy (except in Chocolat).
    He deserves every existing award, even an oscar, althought we know what farce are the Academy awards and the nominees.

  15. girlygirl says:

    I love when you put Johnny Depp articles up, cause he is so sexy and amazing. Also,there is no negativity on the thread! Johnny brings out the the good in all, even the people who do not get him.

  16. Novaraen says:

    le sigh……..


  17. snowball says:

    I’m looking at my issue of People and it’s from the exact same photoshoot. He just put a jacket on and is facing just a touch more forward.

    Same shirt, same necklace peeping out, same hair (facial and on his head).

    I’m not sure if this link will work, but here’s a go:,,20315920_20320494,00.html

  18. Goddess711 says:

    ‘Bout a year too early but yummmm – I agree with their choice!

  19. Prissa says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this man!!!!

    Please don’t let HIM have a scandalous hooker affair come out (or Tom Hanks or…. are there any other gentlemen in Hollywood anymore????)

  20. lolo says:

    I agree, Depp is great! I love all the unique characters he has played over the years.

  21. girlygirl says:

    I vote for him to be back every year! As a matter of fact, can he just come back everyday?

  22. genie says:

    The man is perfect! That’s all I have to say on the subject.

  23. nikki says:

    Depp made a Leo dicaprio impression on this cover???

  24. J says:


    Yes, it’s a pity that Terry Gilliam and Johnny Depp didn’t finish “Don Quixote.” However, they had enormous bad luck in the production, one disaster after another. The leading French actor even found a lousy excuse and refused to come back to work.

    Later they put out a documentary film about the production. Have you watched it? It is pretty interesting.

    Personally I think the title of “the best entertainer of decade” is much more sexier than “the sexiest man alive.” After all, these people who we gush about are in movie business.

  25. Sincerity says:

    Congratulations to Johnny Depp! You’re someone that much younger performers should aspire to be. I’m sure there are fellow actors in your age bracket who would SIMPLY KILL to look HALF AS SEXY AS YOU. Johnny you must be living right because YOU’RE THE ABSOLUTE BOMB!! With your good looks and talent, you’ll be making movies for decades to come. Keep up the good work.

  26. sona… says:

    Very Intelligent choice….PEOPLE MAGZINE…….He deserve all the grt Tittles…entitled for men…..evry year…as long as hs’s on the Earth…..he’s grt in evry aspects….
    i hv never seen ….such a sweet,shy, hummble,intelligent n many more..person ever….as he is…..i luv himm sooooo much…

  27. I really enjoyed reading this article. I’m actually committing Sin #2 ‘Waiting too long to comment’! However, I felt compelled to express appreciation, since I think many of these you enumerate are unconscious mistakes that can easily be rectified.