Johnny Depp: A Kind of Illusion

Johnny Depp: A Kind of Illusion

by Denis Meikle
     
 

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The star of some of the best American films in recent history, Johnny Depp is also one of Hollywood’s most versatile and enigmatic actors. From Edward Scissorhands, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?, Ed Wood, and Donnie Brasco to his Oscar-nominated performances in Pirates of the Caribbean and Finding Neverland his film roles have

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The star of some of the best American films in recent history, Johnny Depp is also one of Hollywood’s most versatile and enigmatic actors. From Edward Scissorhands, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?, Ed Wood, and Donnie Brasco to his Oscar-nominated performances in Pirates of the Caribbean and Finding Neverland his film roles have always been unconventional, earning him international respect and adoration. In Johnny Depp: A Kind of Illusion, film journalist Denis Meikle looks at the effects that Depp’s rising critical and commercial stature may have on the direction of his career, including his recent film Pirates of the Caribbean 2.

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Library Journal
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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ISBN-13:
9781905287291
Publisher:
Reynolds & Hearn
Publication date:
04/01/2007
Edition description:
New
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.93(d)

Meet the Author

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

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