The Secret World of Johnny Depp: The Intimate Biography of Hollywood's Best Loved Rebel

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Not only is Johnny Depp a huge star, but his unconventional choice of movie roles has made him a fascinating and mysterious character, endearing himself to audiences as diverse as the roles he plays. With appearances in both children's and adult films such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Ed Wood, Depp has a mass market cross-generational appeal. Tracing his career from his debut in Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984 through to his flamboyant turn as the voice of Victor Van Dort in Corpse Bride and the ...

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Overview

Not only is Johnny Depp a huge star, but his unconventional choice of movie roles has made him a fascinating and mysterious character, endearing himself to audiences as diverse as the roles he plays. With appearances in both children's and adult films such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Ed Wood, Depp has a mass market cross-generational appeal. Tracing his career from his debut in Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984 through to his flamboyant turn as the voice of Victor Van Dort in Corpse Bride and the spectacular success of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, this biography shows how Depp has successfully carved a niche for himself as a serious, somewhat dark, idiosyncratic performer, consistently selecting roles that surprised critics and audiences alike. Other aspects of the charismatic actor's life charted include include failed engagements to Jennifer Grey, Winona Ryder, and Kate Moss; his current relationship with French singer-actress Vanessa Paradis, with whom he has two children; and his early wild parallel career as a rock musician.

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Thimble-deep bio of misfit maestro Johnny Depp. Intrepid celebrity biographer Goodall (Christian Slater, 2006) here updates his 2004 tome What's Eating Johnny Depp?, re-titling his efforts The Secret World of Johnny Depp; most curious, considering the fact that this ungainly hodgepodge of previously published interviews, biographies and promotional materials contains nothing that could be construed as a "secret." Goodall's method is to assemble the most innocuous and inane existing material on a given Hollywood tyro (much of it obviously culled from that lowest form of journalism, the junket interview); quote liberally from other reviewers (Roger Ebert should receive royalties); breathlessly synopsize the plots of the relevant films in a style somewhere between that of an extended pull-quote and a book report by a bright seventh grader; and pad, pad, pad, discoursing pointlessly on such ephemerally related topics as the authenticity of Pirates of the Caribbean's ships, or the travails of director Gillian Armstrong, who has never worked with this particular actor. There is no context or analysis provided for understanding Depp's films or technique-Private Resort gets the same laborious plot rundown as Edward Scissorhands-but odd redundancies and gaffes abound (a favorite: Goodall refers to broadcaster Rush Limbaugh as "she"). These are at least mildly amusing and break the monotony of what feels like a surreally endless People magazine article. The book's bloodlessness and superficiality become mesmerizing-when Goodall musters a subjective opinion about something, it is along the lines of deeming the nightmarishly gruesome A Nightmare on Elm Street "frequently unpleasant." The author doesget uncharacteristically heated up about critics; the reader will draw his or her own conclusions on this point. Goodall begins his story with the assertion that Depp is "finally achieving the kind of achievement that all Hollywood was applauding."Depp plays oddballs and once messed up a hotel room. We knew this going in, right?
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  • ISBN-13: 9781844543878
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Edition description: New
  • Pages: 406
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     xiii
Introduction     xv
Swash Buck Hero     1
Rebel With A Cause     15
A Rock Star Is Almost Born     31
Soldier Boy and a High School Cop     45
True Love     65
The King and Queen of Young Hollywood     81
Death of a Fairytale     113
A Nightmare on Sunset Boulevard     141
Risky Roles     169
The Nick of Time     191
Johnny Be Good     215
In Love With Loathing     229
A Career on the Rise Again     261
Once Upon A Time in Hollywood     279
A Lost Soul No More     299
Picture Perfect     323
The Pirate King     341
Notes     361
Film Glossary     367
Filmography     383
Awards and Nominations     399
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  • Posted March 24, 2009

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    FAVORITE BIO! DAMN FINE ACTOR AND DAMN FINE READ!

    Johnny Depp is gorgeous and very talented. He is one of my favorite actors and this book is definitely a great read for anyone wanting to delve into the mind of such an eccentric!

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    I love Johnny Depp so just read it!

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