‘Pirates’ costar: Johnny Depp paid more than ‘national debt of most countries’

May 12, 2011 | 1:25 p.m.
Johnny Depp poses at the premiere of "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" at Disneyland. (Mario Anzuoni / Reuters)

Johnny Depp poses at the premiere of "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" at Disneyland. (Mario Anzuoni / Reuters)

Apparently everyone who steps on board the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film franchise falls under the spell of Johnny Depp. Sitting down for interviews last week, new costars Penelope Cruz and Ian McShane made a point to praise the buccaneer spirit at the center of  their shared cinematic adventure, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” which hits theaters on May 20.

“Johnny is a diamond of a guy, he’s terrifically talented,” said McShane, who plays the nefarious Blackbeard in the Disney spectacle film. “Look, he’s a sweetheart. He is, as they say, a very gifted character actor who backed into being a movie star with this [franchise]. Johnny was having a fine career doing the movies he chose and then this came along. The great thing is, he loves playing this character. He’s not bored by it, he’s not bored at all. Sparrow is a great character, loved by children, women, men, whatever, everyone. What’s not to be a big fan of? It must be kind of nice for him to know that he can revisit this every two or three years and be paid more than the national debt of most countries.”

Cruz portrays Angelica, the pirate vixen who has a love-hate relationship with Depp’s ever-eccentric Jack Sparrow, but off-screen the Madrid native can barely contain her affection for her offbeat leading man: “He gives you so much, his level of creativity is so high, so free. He never looks at himself from the outside, he just flies. We all know that he is one of the greatest actors in the world, but then when you get to really know him as a person, he is unique and genuine. He has a brilliant mind and a peculiar sense of humor and then that is mixed with how giving he is to everyone and how humble and how kind. It makes him someone really special.”

Here’s a Disney featurette on Sparrow, Angelica and their thrust-and-parry relationship on screen …

— Geoff Boucher


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18 Responses to ‘Pirates’ costar: Johnny Depp paid more than ‘national debt of most countries’

  1. Kristen says:

    Kind of a mean-spirited lead for what is really a lot of generous and genuine praise from his co-stars, don't you think?

  2. Maha says:

    I definitely am under his spell. I’ve heard so many accounts from actors, actresses, extras and everyday people of how self-less, self-deprecating, friendly, genuine and generous he is, it’s impossible not to love him.

    And he deserves every bit of this fame and fortune because of everything his been through in the past, and the way he’s handled himself in that past.

  3. sophie says:

    How very pathetic that is.

  4. grrrl says:

    "character actor who backed into being a movie star" LOL
    I still remember when Depp was being derided as a teen idol pretty boy, with his legion of girl fans from his TV show. For years and years after he left the show, that rep still followed him around. He had to do a lot of movies where he uglified himself up to finally get the respect of males. Now this former teen idol pretty boy is on top! Suck it haters! LOL. We girly fans always knew this day would come!

    Same thing happened to DiCaprio. He got sooo much hate from the guys after Titanic. But we girls knew, ever since Romeo+Juliet that he had it. Now the guys think they are going to bounce Pattinson and Welling. HA. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Five years from now the guys will be eating their words. Just like they did over Depp and DiCaprio and Keanu and Ledger and Pitt and on and on and on. We girls KNOW how to pick our "pretty boy" heartthrobs! It just takes dense males more time to come around to our point of view!

    • Eric says:

      There is one crucial bit missing in your triumphant argument: you are confusing financial success with acting skill. Let's take Keanu as an example. The guy can't act at all (he was chosen as Neo because Neo's most common mental state was confusion), and yet he will do movies till he's old and gray. Why? Because sexiness sells. The same is true of Pattinson and Welling. There is NO acting in Twilight.

      That is not to say that all your examples are that way. Pitt, Ledger, Depp, and DiCaprio were/are great actors. Phenomenal, even.

      Just don't confuse what you think is jealousy with people deriding horrible actors. Yes, Wolfy and Vampy are terrible, terrible actors. I could care less what they look like, or how much they sparkle.

      • lol boyz says:

        So Pitt, DiCaprio, etc were all terrible, terrible actors when they were pretty boy heartthrobs, but when a couple of years later (when the jealous, insecure males grew up a little) suddenly they were phenomenal actors! LOL@ you so hard! The dynamic is pretty darn obvious. Women point the way. Males first react with jealousy, anger, and insecurity and lash out at the heartthrobs. Gradually their insecurities die down and they can acknowledge what females always saw.

  5. aholee says:

    Rich Johnny-poor me

  6. Samir Hafza says:

    To grrrl: I don’t think guys “hated” Depp and DiCaprio before they decided to “uglify” themselves. A few guy losers you may know may have “hated” them, but we, men, did not hate the pretty boy image they’d presented.

    Reading between your lines shows that you yourself have problems with guys more than guys had problems with Pretty Depp and Beautiful DiCaprio.

    Women and men should celebrate the fact that Depp and DiCaprio had the intelligence of not staying ‘one-dimensional’ just to satisfy an audience of pretty-boy idolizers. Rather, they decided to grow and be in movies such as, Donnie Brasco (Depp) and Blood Diamond and The Departed (DiCaprio).

    Unlike the pretty-boy shows the likes of you like, we, men, can’t help it if we like movies that make us THINK.

  7. Ellen says:

    Johnny is wonderful. :D I cannot wait to see this movie! :D

    By the way… just because people may like the pretty-boy movies doesn't mean they don't "think" and enjoy other, more serious movies as well. I personally couldn't sit through Romeo + Juliet, but I do like Leo, and think he's extremely talented. Actors need some variety just as we movie-goers do.

    • Samir Hafza says:

      You are right when you say, ' "just because people may like the pretty-boy movies doesn't mean they don't "think" and enjoy other more serious movies as well." ' But I am afraid these "people" are the exception to what I call The Cosmopolitan/People Rule. As long as 98% of people who purchase Cosmopolitan and People magazines are women, and as long as these same women do not care to read real, intellectual publications, it's really hard to see how what you say can hold water.

      That's not to say that women are not capable of being as intellectual as, say, Rachel Maddow. But the fact is that they don't want to be. Again, consider the numbers.

  8. Tony says:

    Once again proving that you may get more clicks in the short term, but you erode reader trust in the long run.

  9. Billie Briggs says:

    That really was a missleading title to the article. Why would you do that? I almost did not read the article as I thought it was a dig to JD. But as usual what cast and crew say about him is beautiful. Who cares how much money he makes he deserves every cent.

  10. BillieB says:

    I think the LA times does not appreciate JD they seem to backhand him every chance they get. This actually is a beautiful artticle and from the title I thought it was going to be not nice.I almost didn't read it.
    Why would the LA Times do that??? Who cares how much he makes he deserves every penny.

    • beewells says:

      BillieB, I have noticed this too about the LA Times. They consistently take a dig at Johnny every chance they get even if they have to twist words around and/or take comments out of context…like in this case…anything to put a negative light on Johnny. They must be really jealous of him because they try so hard. :<

      • Matisse Vendetta says:

        It's because copyeditors/headline writer-fitters often feel they are important enuff to screw with a writer's article … that's how you often get misleading heads that often make readers NOT read the article, but page past the article and walk away THINKING they know what the artlcle was about … and often that misleading headline, if combined with enuff OTHER misleading headlines and biased reports/articles FORM PUBLIC OPINION. Unfortunately, "journalism" in America ain't what it fortunately is in many/most other countries … a respected and honorable (and responsible) profession populated by respected, respectable and honorable (and responsible) professionals … ahh, but lest we forget .. "critics" don't count in that … I never COULD figure out how they got their jobs, probably by pissing people off and making them blow the energy on their "pieces" like I just did (sigh, I'm such a sucker …)

  11. Sophie says:

    I for one think no human being deserves to be paid "more than the national debt of most countries" let alone an ACTOR. We live in a screwed up society, but since it's a democratic, we all of us are responsible for it.

  12. victor frankenstein says:

    Oh, the fawnin', the fawnin'…

    Where – or even who – are Depp's co – stars…without Depp?

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