Johnny Depp

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Johnny Depp is modern Hollywood’s most versatile and most enigmatic star. His choice of roles is often quirky, frequently unexpected. 

In this exciting screen biography, now fully updated for its fifth edition, internationally acclaimed film critic Denis Meikle explores Johnny Depp’s career from his breakthrough roles in Edward Scissorhands, Benny & Joon and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape right up to Depp’ s most recent films, ...

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Overview

Johnny Depp is modern Hollywood’s most versatile and most enigmatic star. His choice of roles is often quirky, frequently unexpected. 

In this exciting screen biography, now fully updated for its fifth edition, internationally acclaimed film critic Denis Meikle explores Johnny Depp’s career from his breakthrough roles in Edward Scissorhands, Benny & Joon and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape right up to Depp’ s most recent films, including Alice in Wonderland and The Tourist.

Meikle explores the effects that Depp’s critical and commercial stature have had on the direction of his career, and has updated the book to include a foretaste of the forthcoming movies, Rango, The Rum Diary and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.


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Editorial Reviews

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Who knew that Johnny Depp's first role was as teen fodder for Freddy Kreuger in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)? Or that he started out as a rock star? These and other little-known facts emerge in this biography of the genre-hopping Hollywood star. Raised in an unhappy Kentucky home, Depp went to California to pursue his music. There he met Nicholas Cage, which led to the Kreuger film and finally the television show 21 Jump Street, which made Depp a teen idol; it wasn't until Edward Scissorhands that he emerged as a serious actor. British author Meikle, who has written biographies of Jack the Ripper and Vincent Price, paints a rather cynical portrait of Depp and employs an annoying device of using script directions to introduce and end chapters (fade out, dissolve, etc.). The text is also padded with ephemera, which makes the book overlong for a life only half lived. Unless your patrons are clamoring for a quick-and-dirty biography-and they may be, given the forthcoming release of Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-it's probably best to hold off for one of the other books on Depp coming down the pike.-Rosellen Brewer, Edmonds, WA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780857684769
  • Publisher: Titan
  • Publication date: 5/3/2011
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 701,506
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Denis Meikle is the author of the acclaimed A History of Horrors: The Rise and Fall of the House of Hammer, Jack The Ripper: The Murders and the Movies, Vincent Price: The Art of Fear, Roman Polanski and The Ring Companion.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2014

    Boring details unrelated to Johnny -- Edit this book!

    This book includes way too many details that aren't even about Johnny Depp. I think the author was trying to create an extremely long book on purpose, but it put me to sleep. I am a big fan of Johnny Depp, but this book was not worth it. I read 20 pages just about 1962-1963 about events that were happening in the world before Johnny was even born. I wanted to read about Johnny, not about the political climate occurring in 1963. If the author and editors can effectively edit this book to focus more on Johnny, it would be much more interesting to read. I'd recommend the illustrated biography of Johnny Depp. It is much better written in comparison.

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