On an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show entitled “Oprah Presents the Last-Ever Harpo Hook-Ups,” Johnny Depp arrived bearing champagne flutes to toast Oprah’s “25 years” at the helm of her talk show. “Long time no see,” Oprah said, over the cheers of the crowd. “I’m so glad you made it!” Johnny’s appearance was very brief — about two minutes — although he stayed on stage with Oprah to hear her final guest, Lady Gaga, perform “Born This Way.” His purpose for being on the show was to provide the audience with a special “hook-up,” and it involved a private film screening. Here’s the conversation between Johnny and Oprah:
OPRAH WINFREY: So unless you live under a rock — and a really big one — you know that Johnny is hitting the high seas again as Jack Sparrow. Is this role as Captain Jack Sparrow as much fun as it looks? I mean, you look like you’re having a great time.
JOHNNY DEPP: I mean, this is the fourth one, so . . . I could keep going.
OPRAH WINFREY: You could keep going?
JOHNNY DEPP: I could. I really could.
OPRAH WINFREY: Does it feel like he’s a part of you sometimes? Well, he is a part of you.
JOHNNY DEPP: He is, most definitely. Some have likened it to a form of schizophrenia. It might happen.
OPRAH WINFREY: The movie Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides doesn’t open until May 20th . . . but Johnny’s got a little hook-up for this audience. Right at this moment, buses are standing by ready to take all of you to a movie theater so that you can be the first people in the world (interrupted by screaming) . . . the first people in the world to see Johnny’s brand-new Pirates movie! And there’s one more thing–
JOHNNY DEPP: I was hoping, if you guys don’t mind, I’d like to be there for you — ’cause I want to make sure all the condiments and things are in order.
Johnny did a meet-and-greet with the audience, saying hello and shaking hands. “He was so friendly and gracious,” audience member Chris Hugg of Hebron told a reporter. “He was clean–shaven and looked like an ordinary person but extremely handsome.” Hugg’s daughter Cara Burke added, “He stopped and faced you, shook your hand and smiled at you. He was so nice about it and he really has soft hands!”
Oprah told her audience, “Now that’s a hook-up — an afternoon at the movies with Mr. Johnny Depp!” Audience member Nicole Mazzone, who won tickets to the show by submitting her “Bucket List” to Harpo Hook-Ups, told a television reporter for KCRA-Sacramento, “It was right up there with my wedding day!”
The Zone thanks Emma for sharing the video clip. You can read more about Johnny’s appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show on the Zone’s News & Views forum. To see a larger view of the photo of Johnny and Oprah, CLICK HERE, and to see Johnny talking to the crowd (wearing a leather jacket), CLICK HERE. Thanks to Theresa for the pictures.