Johnny Depp is not only regarded as one of the greatest actors the world has witnessed but also that rare Hollywood actor, who has an uncanny majestic vibe about him and who has been through his fair share of highs and lows in the industry but has survived nevertheless. He is one performer who has played versatile characters throughout his life and has had a rather diverse career graph that is noteworthy, to say the least. It was quite a challenging job to flip through the multiple stupendous roles he’s played in movies and zero in on the best ones. Here are the man’s greatest performances on celluloid that we feel, make for the most memorable ones.
1. Pirates of the Caribbean
Admit it, nobody could have pulled off Jack Sparrow’s character like this man did. There just cannot be a replacement for Captain Sparrow no matter how many sequels Pirates of The Caribbean franchise has. This fantasy swashbuckler established Johnny as the world’s most perfect pirate.
2. Edward Scissorhands
The movie has Johnny Depp playing a man who has scissors in place of hands and is introduced to a strange community after having spent a life in isolation. He performs spectacularly.
3. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Inspired from the hit Broadway musical, the movie features Johnny as the mysterious Benjamin Baker A.K.A. Sweeney Todd, who establishes a barber shop that becomes infamous for sinister partnership with his tenant Mrs. Lovett.
4. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
Nobody else could have played the charming, flamboyant and mysteriously endearing candy maker that Depp plays in Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.
5. Finding Neverland
Depp plays author J.M. Barrie with such gravitas that it is difficult to picture that the man must be any different in real life from what Johnny portrayed him as in Finding Neverland. The movie is an account of all the real events that led to the author’s most renowned work Peter Pan.
The British-American romance drama sees Johnny playing the effortlessly handsome traveler Roux who visits a quaint little French town and falls for Vianne, an expert chocolatier.
7. Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas
Johnny Depp plays the role of the drug addict, oddball journalist Raoul Duke with much sincerity and makes him appear believable. This is one of his best performances till date. Watch this movie to see the act in an actor that Depp exudes.
8. Sleepy Hollow
Set in 1799, this American horror film is inspired by Washington Irving’s classic tale ‘The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow’ where Depp plays the serious New York City police constable Ichabod Crane who is assigned a mission to investigate the decapitation of multiple people.
9. What's Eating Gilbert Grape
In this 1993 classic, Johnny plays titular role of Gilbert Grape, a small town man with a family to take care of. The movie revolves around Gilbert as the protagonist and his interactions with other characters and the consequences of the same.
This 2001 American biopic of cocaine smuggler George Jung is set in the turbulent era of 1970s and Depp plays the main lead. His character George reflects the complexities that were visible in his transformation from a high school football champion to world’s most powerful cocaine cartel, showcasing his subsequent rise and fall.
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