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Depp In Quotes


-Fear... Fear... Utter fear. Clowns! Clowns scare me.

On filming 'Blow.'
-I remember in that red leisure suit I sort of felt like a Pizza Hut employee, and the white one was the ultimate, with the white turtleneck collar, that was the ultimate in bad taste.

Anti-American or Out of Context?
-I've always liked everybody. [Laughs.] I'm not sure everybody likes me. Everybody thinks that I don't live in the United States anymore, that I live in France, which is not true. I just happen to have a home in France, as well, because my kids are half French. And that interview where suddenly I'm anti-American? It was untrue. It blew over quick, but it was an ugly moment. You don't want people believing that stuff. If I had said it, I'd take full responsibility. But it wasn't what I meant.

On filming 'Ed Wood.'
-I'm not one of those actors who has to be called by his character name, but sometimes it is hard to shake the role at the end of the day or even the end of the film. Jarmusch came to visit me while I was doing 'Ed Wood,' and we went out to dinner. He said to me, "Listen Johnny, you've got to stop this smile - I'm sitting here and I'm talking to Ed Wood and it's really uncomfortable for me, and I'm a little worried about you. Your mouth might get stuck like that, in this hideous grimace.

On Vincent Price reciting Poe...
-One of the most incredible moments I've ever had was sitting in Vincent [Price]'s trailer...I was showing him this first-edition book I have of the complete works of Poe--with really amazing illustrations. Vincent was going nuts over the drawings, and he started talking about The Tomb of Ligeia. Then he closed the book and began to recite it to me in this beautiful voice, filling the room with huge sounds. Such passion! I looked in the book later, and it was verbatim. Word perfect. It was a great moment. I'll never forget that.

On harming his family...
-If someone were to harm my family or a friend or somebody I love, I would eat them. I might end up in jail for 500 years, but I would eat them.

When asked, "What's the best Mexican food in France?"
-You know what? It's at my house. Yeah. My girl's a good cook; she can make burritos, tacos, whatever you want. Otherwise, you can't find good Mexican food in France. No Mexican food and no doughnuts in Paris. Not that I'm a big doughnut fan. Anyway, there's other stuff there that's just as bad for you.

State of Confusion...
-I pretty much try to stay in a constant state of confusion just because of the expression it leaves on my face.

-When E!Online asked him who he based his character for the shut-in writer in 'Secret Window,' he replied:
-Brian Wilson. I remember hearing those famous stories, or maybe myths, about him in this very reclusive period where he didn't leave his house and had sand brought in to cover his living-room floor. Then he dropped the baby grand on top of that and wrote these great beach classics. That was the level of reclusiveness I was looking for.

On Fatherhood...
-When kids hit 1 year old, it's like hanging out with a miniature drunk. You have to hold onto them. They bump into things. They laugh and cry. They urinate. They vomit.

On filming 'Sleepy Hollow'...
-I hated having to wake up in the middle of the night to walk to my bathroom--where suddenly there was a six-foot-seven-inch, headless figure with a sword and a horse!

When asked by E!Online if he had ever watched the porno 'Edward Penishands.'..
-I certainly did. I absolutely did. And there was a sequel as well--Edward Penishands 2. I think it was either Tim [Burton] or John Waters who sent it to me. It might have been both. Tim and I were both quite proud they decided to do that. It was low budget and cheesy, but it was hilarious to watch. Those hands...they served him well.

Martin Landau accepting his Golden Globe for best supporting actor in Ed Wood, 1996...
-This is for us, Johnny. No matter what happens tonight, this is for us because, I mean, you know, if you play tennis by yourself it doesn't work. That guy is the best young actor in this town. Not only that, he comes in prepared, he's ready to work, and he's willing to take chances, and I love him.

Johnny Depp on selecting books to take to George Jung in Otisville Federal Correctional Institution, Blow by Blow 2001
-First and foremost, 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' by the good doctor himself, Dr Hunter S Thompson - a must for anyone and everyone.. especially anyone in need of a serious excursion from their four walls. Second on the list, Tarantula by Bob Dylan - we need say nothing about him or his genius. Third, Kerouac - anything at all by ol' Jack.. On The Road being the Bible. And why not throw in a little taste of Burroughs and Ginsberg while I'm at it.

Johnny, the joker...
-I used to use the name Mr. Stench; it was funny to be in a posh hotel and hear a very proper concierge call out, 'Mr. Stench, please.' I never really stayed under the name 'Donkey Penis'. That was an example. I mentioned it to a reporter once. But I have been Roid -- Emma Roid.

More joking...by Mike Newell on Johnny...
-Johnny was working with Al very close to the beginning of our shooting, and they were in a car. Suddenly - absolutely unmistakeably - this huge, ripping fart! And Johnny said "I'm terribly sorry.. I'm terribly sorry." And Al said "Oh..." And a little silence fell. And there was another huge fart. And Johnny said "I'm -- what can I say? I'm terribly sorry." And Al opened a window. And then there was a third one. At which Al kind of looked at him. And then: it was a whoopee cushion. And Al thought that that was the greatest thing since sliced bread.

When asked, Did you have as much fun as it looked like you were having (filming 'Pirates...')?
-More. It was criminal. ... It was a ball. I mean, it was just a ball. Hard work, certainly, really hard work. Physically, very demanding, taxing. Worked a lot of hours. There were sort of burnout days and weeks, but every day was a gas being the guy. I mean, I loved every second being Jack Sparrow. I just loved it.

Johnny on Self Image...
My self-image it still isn't that alright. No matter how famous I am, no matter how many people go to see my movies, I still have the idea that I'm that pale no-hoper that I used to be. A pale no-hoper that happens to be a little lucky now. Tomorrow it'll be all over, then I'll have to go back to selling pens again.'

Johnny, On Money...
-It's fun to imagine what you could do with that kind of money. I could buy that island I've wanted to buy all my life, and live there with my family. Or I could buy some great piece of art that's just going to feed my eyes every day. It's fun to toy with the notion of that, and it is very tempting because money, unfortunately is freedom in today's world.

Terry Gilliam, on Johnny...
-Johnny's particular path in life is to constantly nudge people awake. The films he chooses force you to reconsider what you think of the world. What amazes me is that the critics are always surprised by Johnny. It's like they don't really watch what's there. They don't understand how good an actor he is. He doesn't cheat by giving you all those cheap emotions. He won't make you comfortable - for him that would be a foot in the grave.