Articles from May 2012

2012 Birthday Project Update–donations for Project Pueblo have reached $3,000! Thank you!

One of the Zone’s most cherished traditions is our annual birthday gift for Johnny, called the Birthday Project. Each year we choose a charity which is connected to Johnny’s philanthropic interests, pool our modest contributions, and make a Zone donation to a worthy cause in his honor, as a way of celebrating and thanking Johnny for all the joy he has given us over the year.

Since Johnny is currently filming The Lone Ranger in the Navajo Nation, we thought it would be fitting to choose a charity devoted to improving the living conditions of the Navajo people. So the 2012 Birthday Project will benefit Project Pueblo. We are happy to announce that Zone donations to Project Pueblo have now topped $3,000! Thank you all!

Project Pueblo is a 100% student and volunteer-led 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that conducts short-term, low-cost service trips to impoverished areas while raising money and awareness for relevant projects and issues. Project Pueblo is currently focusing on improving living conditions for the Navajo people in the area known as the former Bennett Freeze, a 2 million acre region within the Navajo Indian reservation of 8000+ families where only 25% have adequate shelter, only 10% have running water, and only 3% have electricity. In addition, this area heavily suffers from issues relating to uranium contamination stemming from mining during the Cold War.

Project Pueblo is currently raising money to install water systems for Navajo families that have been drinking uranium-contaminated water because they have no other option. Each water system costs approximately $1,500, so with our Birthday Project funds we can now provide clean water for two families!

That’s fantastic . . . but we’d like to do even more for the Navajo people. Won’t you join in our birthday present for Johnny? It’s easy to give:

To donate by Paypal, please use this yellow “Donate” button to link to our 2012 Birthday Project Paypal account:





If you prefer to donate by check, CLICK HERE to visit the Johnny Depp Zone’s Birthday Project forum for the mailing address.

We will be accepting donations through Johnny’s birthday, June 9, 2012. Please join us in saying “Thank you” and “Happy Birthday” to Johnny Depp. Your donation can bring comfort and support to the Navajo people: a gift of clean water is a gift of life itself.

Johnny Depp plays drums with Bill Carter at The Mint

Johnny Depp is spending Memorial Day weekend in Los Angeles, and he began the holiday by playing drums for Bill Carter at The Mint on West Pico Boulevard on Friday night, May 25. The photo at left was taken during the set on Friday by Suzanne Allison; to see a slightly larger version, CLICK HERE. A marvelous set of photos from the gig, all taken by Ms. Allison, can be found on Bill Carter’s Facebook page HERE. The Zone thanks Emma for breaking the news and absinthe, Valentina, Theresa, taba, and Moonbeam for sharing photos. You can read more about Johnny’s appearance at The Mint on the Zone’s Pit General Discussion forum.

What an honor! Johnny Depp adopted into Comanche Nation–congratulations!

Johnny Depp’s role as Tonto in Gore Verbinski’s new version of The Lone Ranger has brought him a great honor: he has been adopted into the Comanche Nation! LaDonna Harris, an esteemed Comanche who is president and founder of Americans for Indian Opportunity (AIO), explains that in this version of The Lone Ranger, the character of Tonto is said to be Comanche. “Johnny is reprising the historic role of Tonto, and it seemed like a natural fit to officially welcome him into our Comanche family,” Harris told the press. “I reached out, and Johnny was very receptive to the idea. He seemed proud to receive the invitation, and we were honored that he so enthusiastically agreed.”

The traditional ceremony, with Comanche Nation Chairman Johnny Wauqua in attendance, took place on May 16 at Harris’s home in Albuquerque, New Mexico. To see a larger version of the photo of Johnny Depp with LaDonna Harris, CLICK HERE, and to see a photo of Johnny with Comanche Nation Chairman Johnny Wauqua and LaDonna Harris, CLICK HERE. “Welcoming Johnny into the family in the traditional way was so fitting,” Harris declared. “He’s a very thoughtful human being, and throughout his life and career, he has exhibited traits that are aligned with the values and worldview that Indigenous peoples share.”

The Zone thanks Theresa and Emma for sharing the news and pictures; you can read more about the story on the Zone’s News & Views forum.

Johnny Depp’s THE NIGHT STALKER finds a screenwriter–D. V. DeVincentis

Johnny Depp’s quest to bring ’70s cult TV character Carl Kolchak to the big screen took an important step forward with the hiring of D.V. DeVincentis to write the screen adaptation of The Night Stalker. According to the Hollywood Reporter, The Night Stalker is “one of the more high-profile projects in the works at the [Disney] studio because Johnny Depp is attached to star and Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) is attached to direct.” DeVincentis is best known for co-writing Gross Pointe Blank and High Fidelity.

The Night Stalker film is based on the ABC television series Kolchak: The Night Stalker, created by Jeff Rice. In the TV series, Darrin McGavin played the wry, intrepid reporter Carl Kolchak, who investigated bizarre crimes committed by very unusual suspects — supernatural agents like werewolves, vampires, and zombies. Johnny Depp is producing the film with his Infinitum Nihil partner Christi Dembrowski.

The Zone thanks FANtasticJD for breaking the news; you can read more about The Night Stalker on the Zone’s News & Views forum.

DARK SHADOWS debuts in second place with $28.8 million for its opening weekend

Johnny Depp plays a cursed vampire in his new film, and Dark Shadows met the public under a bit of a curse of its own . . . following in the wake of the uber-successful The Avengers, which took the box office crown in its second week of release. Dark Shadows took in $28.8 million domestically, on the low end of expectations but a respectable second place given the tough competition. As for international box office, the UK’s Screen Daily notes, “Warner Bros Pictures International reported that Dark Shadows opened day-and-date with North America, grossing $36.7m from 5,664 screens in 42 territories, approximately 93% of the launch of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory from the same markets at the same point in release. The ongoing collaboration between Tim Burton and Johnny Depp remains a fruitful one.” Worldwide box office gross for Dark Shadows in its opening weekend was $65.5 million.

The Zone thanks Pixie, Emma, and RumLover for sharing the box office news; you can read more about Dark Shadows on the Zone’s News & Views forum.

Johnny Depp at the Tokyo premiere of DARK SHADOWS–new photos!

Johnny Depp and Tim Burton delighted their devoted Japanese admirers with an appearance at the premiere of Dark Shadows in Tokyo on May 12. While Tim wore his customary black, Johnny donned a khaki jacket over a black t-shirt and a half-dozen necklaces; to see a photo of them on the red carpet, CLICK HERE, and to see them on stage together, CLICK HERE. For a larger version of the photo at left, CLICK HERE, and to see Johnny greeting a fan, CLICK HERE. Other photos of Johnny at the Tokyo premiere are available HERE and HERE.

The Zone thanks Evochka and HonestGirl for sharing photographs; you can read more about Johnny’s trip to Japan on the Zone’s News & Views forum.

Hundreds of fans greet Johnny Depp in Japan–new photos!

When Johnny Depp arrived in Japan on Saturday, May 12 to promote his latest film, Dark Shadows, he was greeted by quite a welcoming committee — hundreds of delighted and very vocal fans! According to Reuters, “Depp’s flight was originally scheduled to land early Saturday, but was delayed to later in the day by which time 700 fans had gathered to welcome him to the country and ask for an autograph in the process.” True to form, Johnny “took his time with fans,” Reuters reports, “spending nearly 30 minutes signing autographs, giving handshakes and in some cases even hugs.”

To see a larger version of the photo above, CLICK HERE, and to see photos of Johnny greeting well-wishers at the airport, CLICK HERE, HERE, and HERE. For a beautiful portrait of Johnny, CLICK HERE. The Zone thanks Emma for the news story and Theresa for the photos. You can read more about Johnny’s visit to Japan on the Zone’s News & Views forum.

DARK SHADOWS opens in movie theaters in North America today!

Another passion project of Johnny Depp’s reaches movie theaters today, as Tim Burton’s re-imagining of Dark Shadows opens, with Johnny in the role of vampire Barnabas Collins. “Their affection for the original is clear, the performances are uniformly wonderful and it gives Burton room to breathe in a way we haven’t seen in years,” writes John Mitchell of MTV. “Depp’s Barnabas is an old-fashioned gentleman trapped in the body of a monster, and the actor never lets that fact get lost, even when the film’s myriad subplots pull him in a hundred different directions. In a testament to how winning Depp is, he’s able to play a 200-year-old vampire in (occasionally too obvious) white makeup without sucking all the air out the room, leaving room for the supporting players to soar.”

Box office competition will be tough, with the record-setting The Avengers entering its second week, but hopefully moviegoers will have time to investigate the quirky pleasures of Collinwood Manor, too.

Stephen Rea of the Philadelphia Inquirer calls the movie “merrily macabre” and notes that “Dark Shadows is a nutty romp that’s as much about celebrating a significant blip in the pop-cult continuum as it is a tale of bloodsucking, of grudge-holding, and the stress involved in maintaining a 200-room, two-century-old house.[. . .] Just when the whole vampire thing was beginning to feel old, Depp and Burton have come along to make it feel, well, very 1972 again,” Rea observes. “Cool.”

You can read much more about all things Dark Shadows on the Zone’s News & Views forum.

BREAKING NEWS–Johnny Depp wows the crowd at the London premiere of DARK SHADOWS–new photos!

Johnny Depp took Leicester Square by storm today as he thrilled the crowd gathered for the European premiere of Dark Shadows. He spent plenty of time with well-wishers, accepting gifts (including a couple of faux-Oscar statuettes — how charming!) and posing for pictures. Johnny even dried the tears of one female fan who was overwhelmed with emotion at meeting him. To see a larger version of the photo at left, CLICK HERE, and to see Johnny greeting the crowd, CLICK HERE, HERE, and HERE. The full cast of Dark Shadows was on hand for the London festivities — you can see Johnny posing with his leading ladies HERE. From left to right, the lovely ladies with Johnny are Chloe Grace Moretz, Bella Heathcoate, Eva Green (now a brunette), Michelle Pfeiffer, and Helena Bonham Carter. For a photo of the full cast clustered around director Tim Burton, CLICK HERE.

The Zone thanks Evochka for sharing the premiere photos; you can read much more about Dark Shadows on the Zone’s News & Views forum. For Zone reaction to the photos, see the Pit General Discussion forum.

Johnny Depp jams at DARK SHADOWS afterparty–new photos!

When the world premiere of Dark Shadows concluded in Los Angeles on Monday night, Johnny Depp and his castmates adjourned to the nearby Egyptian Theatre for a rocking afterparty . . . and we mean that in the literal sense. Alice Cooper (whose music is prominently featured in Dark Shadows) and his band took the stage, and were joined by Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry — and by Johnny! For photos of Johnny playing guitar at the Dark Shadows afterparty, CLICK HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Later, in his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Johnny talked about what that experience meant to him.

JIMMY: You had a big party next door to us last night here for Dark Shadows, [. . .] and you had some impressive musical guests. Normally they have a DJ over there playing Lady Gaga songs —

JOHNNY: He wasn’t available, so we had Alice Cooper instead.

JIMMY: Alice Cooper?

JOHNNY: And Steven Tyler and Joe Perry from Aerosmith.

JIMMY: And you, too. You jumped on stage with these guys.

JOHNNY: I was, you know, lucky enough to be invited up on stage as well.

JIMMY: Is that the best — is that, like, as much fun as it gets for you?

JOHNNY: Oh, yeah. I mean, it’s surreal as anything, because I started out as a musician, so these guys were my heroes growing up.

Many thanks to Moonbeam and to Cathy at Johnny Depp Rocks! for sharing the photos; readers particularly interested in Johnny’s musical career will find a treasure trove of information HERE. You can read more about the Dark Shadows premieres and promotion on the Zone’s News & Views forum.

Johnny Depp tells Jimmy Kimmel about jamming with Paul McCartney

Johnny Depp appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live on May 9th, and the only uncivilized thing about the interview was the hour — after midnight! (If you missed any of the interview, the full show is available on the show’s website HERE.) Johnny and Jimmy engaged in a pleasant, thoughtful conversation about Dark Shadows, acting, music, and the various legends and geniuses Johnny numbers among his friends. Jimmy broke some news by announcing that he had recently conversed with Paul McCartney, and Sir Paul had happened to mention that he was “getting together” with Johnny the next day “to jam.”

JIMMY: I was curious as to how that happens. Do you invite him?

JOHNNY: Well, it doesn’t happen often. (chuckling) It’s a rare occurrence. You know, we’ve known each other on and off over the years, and he’s always been a real gentleman and somebody that I admire greatly, obviously. I did a music video with him and he called me up one day and said, “Why don’t you come by tomorrow and we’ll have some breakfast, and maybe just jam? Plunk around.” And . . . and . . . you go! [. . .] So I went, and we did just that. We sat around with a couple of acoustic guitars and played.

JIMMY: Did you feel that was his way of thanking you for doing his video?

JOHNNY: You know, there was no coherent thought. It was enough just to get my fingers to stay on the neck of the guitar.

JIMMY: Were you nervous? Sitting there playing with him?

JOHNNY: I was mesmerized. You know — I mean, he’s written some of the most beautiful music in the history of music.

JIMMY: You have some of the greatest friends.

The Zone thanks Theresa and Kim for sharing news about the show; you can read more on the Zone’s News & Views forum. For a photo of Johnny arriving to tape the broadcast, CLICK HERE.

Johnny Depp appears on THE ELLEN DE GENERES SHOW–new photos!

Johnny Depp paid his first visit to The Ellen DeGeneres Show this afternoon, where he and his host had a charming conversation about Johnny’s approach to his characters, and Ellen gave Johnny an engraved I.D. bracelet; then they were joined by Johnny’s Dark Shadows castmates Michelle Pfeiffer and Chloe Grace Moretz for some reminiscences about their experiences making the film. The atmosphere was warm and relaxed and the audience — which had just seen Dark Shadows and, according to Ellen, “loved it” — greeted Johnny with a roaring ovation. Here is a bit of their conversation:

ELLEN: You’ve played some really iconic characters. When you read a script, [. . .] do you look at it and go, “I know exactly how I want to look?” Do you start with a look? Is that where it starts for you?

JOHNNY: Generally, within the first ten pages of the script, something hits, something clicks, and you feel like there’s something you can add to the piece that might not have been done before. So it’s pretty much that. And then the images start to come. The look starts to come.

ELLEN: I love the humor that you add [to all your characters].

JOHNNY: Thank you.

ELLEN: Is that there, or do you add that?

JOHNNY: I’m a real sucker for anywhere that you can find a moment of irreverence or absurdity . . . I’ll stick it right in there. Sometimes to the dismay of the director, but —

ELLEN: Probably not, though.

JOHNNY: — and certainly the studio.

To see photos of Johnny conversing with Ellen, CLICK HERE, HERE, and HERE. For a photo of Johnny with his castmates and Ellen, CLICK HERE. The Zone thanks mytreasure for sharing the photos; you can read more about Johnny’s appearance on Ellen on the Zone’s News & Views forum.

Jonathan Frid inspired his characterization of Barnabas, Johnny Depp tells ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT

In a new interview with Entertainment Tonight, Johnny Depp and Tim Burton talk about their working relationship and their latest collaboration, Dark Shadows. Although this is their eighth film together, Burton insists that the work “always feels special” and that Johnny brings a fresh approach to each role: “Even if there are some similarities with the characters, he’s always looking for something new with the character, which is good.”

Making a film of the 60s gothic soap opera was Johnny’s idea: “I’d always been sort of attracted to horror films and things like that even as a young kid,” he told ET. “I said to Tim, ‘We should do a vampire film together.'” But for the successful result, Johnny gives all the credit to his director. “Without Tim, we’d never have achieved what we did with it in terms of tone and quality and humor and just inventiveness, you know. He’s so brilliant.” To see a photo of Burton directing his Barnabas, CLICK HERE.

As for his interpretation of Barnabas, Johnny cites Jonathan Frid, who created the role on TV, as his inspiration. “For Barnabas, everywhere I searched, character-wise, I kept coming back to Jonathan Frid. He really did something beautiful in the Dark Shadows series back in the 60s and early 70s. There’s great humor in it, but great humor that comes out of very serious issues.”

Burton adds, “I think even before [Johnny] became an actor, he wanted to play Barnabas Collins. I think that has always been something that in his heart, he wanted to do.”

The Zone thanks Pixie for sharing the Entertainment Tonight video; you can read more about Dark Shadows on the Zone’s News & Views forum. You can watch the ET video clip HERE.

BREAKING NEWS–Johnny Depp arrives at world premiere of DARK SHADOWS–new photos!

A dapper, smiling Johnny Depp arrived at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles for the world premiere of Dark Shadows this evening, May 7, and spent plenty of time greeting well-wishers. For photos of Johnny outside the theater, CLICK HERE and HERE, and for portraits of Johnny CLICK HERE and HERE. You can see Johnny signing autographs, with security chief Jerry Judge in the background, HERE. The Zone thanks Aida, Mamabear, and Laura on Lockerz for sharing photos; you can read much more about the Dark Shadows premiere on the Zone’s News & Views forum and Pit General Discussion forum.

DARK SHADOWS is “a very commercial, accessible film . . . a really fun time,” says producer Graham King

Dark Shadows marks the third film produced by Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil — The Rum Diary and Martin Scorsese’s multi Oscar-nominated Hugo were IN’s first two efforts — and he’s had Graham King’s GK Films as a partner on all three endeavors. A good thing, too, if you believe Johnny’s self-deprecating comment at the Dark Shadows press conference today: “It’s impossible to produce a project. I can barely produce a muffin.” Mr. King’s credentials as a producer are impeccable, of course: he has an Oscar on his mantel for The Departed, as well as Best Picture nominations for The Aviator and Hugo. In an interview with Geoff Boucher of the Los Angeles Times, King admitted that he was not familiar with Dark Shadows when Johnny first presented the idea, since the series had not aired in the UK, and he sees no stumbling block for moviegoers who come to the multiplex with no previous knowledge of Dark Shadows mythology. “I feel it’s a very commercial, accessible film for people to go to and have a really fun time. Tim and Johnny put their stamp on it and when that happens it’s special,” King declared. “[F]or me, to be involved in that —- and in a movie that is pure entertainment —- is really nice.”

King had high praise for Johnny’s performance as Barnabas. “[H]e’s so versatile that he can play any role,” King said. “What I love about Dark Shadows is his dry sense of humor. And, as you know, Johnny carries that with him 24/7. There are moments in the movie where his response to things —- just the look on his face —- are hilarious. I’ve seen it over and over again and I laugh every time. Johnny can deliver lines just without saying anything.”

King recalled that Johnny’s love for the role was clear from their first conversations about the film: “He was absolutely a man on a mission to play this role. He loved it when he was a kid and obviously it shows in the film. Johnny loved every minute of being Barnabas.”

The Zone thanks Emma for sharing the Graham King interview; you can read more about Dark Shadows on the Zone’s News & Views forum. The Geoff Boucher article is available HERE.

How Johnny Depp transformed into Barnbas Collins–Mark Salisbury goes behind the scenes of DARK SHADOWS

Today’s Telegraph Magazine (U.K.) has a fabulous, lengthy behind-the-scenes of Dark Shadows story by the always-marvelous Mark Salisbury–what an eye for detail he has! Among the many topics Salisbury investigates is the way Johnny Depp physically transforms into his character, the vampire Barnabas Collins: according to Salisbury, that “daily transformation required enlarged ears, a Caesar hairdo, a Roman nose and elongated fingers.” You can see the full effect HERE. “Throughout his career, and especially with Burton, Depp has often hidden his handsome features beneath heavy make–up,” Salisbury writes. “As Barnabas, his face is veiled behind a pallor that appears white but is a mix of blues, reds, blacks and purples. His look is a homage to Jonathan Frid [. . .],” the original Barnabas Collins. Tim Burton explains, “We talked about different things and different hairstyles, but at the end of the day you go back to what the inspiration was, and pay tribute to that.”

Johnny’s Barnabas-voice is not a pure Frid imitation, though, Salisbury reports; instead, Johnny “opted for a cross between Frid and Richard Burton.” For Zone readers too young to remember Burton’s glorious voice, Johnny specifies, “There was a slight amount of Welsh in it.” As for Barnabas’s extra-long fingers, that design detail came from director Burton, and “while it increased the time in make–up –- each prosthetic finger contains a golf tee beneath the skin –- the effect is dazzling,” Salisbury writes, “especially during the scenes when Barnabas uses them to hypnotize people.”

Johnny quickly became, so to speak, attached to his new digits. “It took some getting used to because there was probably a good two extra inches on my fingers, but they were leading Barnabas to things, as if they had their own brain, and they became very important.”

The Zone thanks Emma for sharing the Salisbury article; you can read more on the Zone’s News & Views forum.

Johnny Depp in DARK SHADOWS on the cover of ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

“Johnny Depp . . . Undead & Loving It” blares the headline on the cover of the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, which features a great photo of JD in costume as Barnabas Collins. EW carries a feature story on Dark Shadows (the magazine’s cover date, May 11, 2012, is also the date of the movie’s North American release). In an interview with EW, Johnny shared some reflections about his close collaboration with director Tim Burton. “I feel as though he’s my brother,” Johnny confided. “It’s a weird understanding, the kind of shorthand we have. I truly understand him, I think, just as well as anybody can. He certainly knows me as well as anybody can.”

Johnny also shared his thoughts on his meeting with the original Barnabas, the late Jonathan Frid: “When I finally met him on the set, hew was incredibly sweet about my taking on this character that he essentially created. He was quite fragile toward the end but had his faculties about him. He was blown away by the sets,” Johnny said. And what did Mr. Frid think of his successor? “[P]utting his eyeballs on me for the first time, all decked out as a slightly different version of him . . . it had to be pretty weird for him,” Johnny said.

The new Entertainment Weekly is on newsstands today; to see a larger version of the cover (courtesy of JustJared), CLICK HERE. The Zone thanks Emma for breaking the news; you can read more about Dark Shadows on the Zone’s News & Views forum.

TV ALERT–Johnny Depp to appear on THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW and JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE on May 8th!

Set your DVRs, Deppheads — you’ll have a double-dose of the man himself arriving on your television screens next week! As part of the Dark Shadows promotion — Dark Shadows has its world premiere in Los Angeles at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Monday, May 7th — Johnny will appear on Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday, May 8th! Here’s a comment posted on the show’s website: “It’s a show for the history books! JOHNNY DEPP, one of the most popular stars of our time, is making his first appearance on Ellen’s stage. The movies, the romance, the Oscars — there’s so much to talk about, we can only imagine what will happen when he sits down with Ellen for the first time!” Dark Shadows castmates Michelle Pfeiffer and Chloe Moretz will also be Ellen’s guests next Tuesday. Since the show is syndicated, check for the time and channel in your area.

Then stay up late to catch Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC at midnight, when Johnny will be Jimmy’s guest. Technically, that show will air on May 9th, since a new day will have begun, but for most of us watching it will still feel like Tuesday night. Fortunately for Johnny the show tapes earlier in the day, since he will be due in London for the Dark Shadows premiere in the early evening of May 9th. Busy, busy . . . but we’re loving it here at the Zone.

If you’re an early bird, you can catch a joint appearance of Johnny and Tim Burton — always hilarious together — on CBS This Morning on Wednesday, May 9.

Many thanks to Chocolat, Lou Lou 63, Theresa, and humiliatedgrape for sharing the news; you can read more about Johnny’s TV appearances on the Zone’s News & Views forum.

Announcing the Zone’s 2012 Birthday Project!

One of the Zone’s most cherished traditions is our annual birthday gift for Johnny, called the Birthday Project. Each year we choose a charity which is connected to Johnny’s philanthropic interests, pool our modest contributions, and make a Zone donation to a worthy cause in his honor, as a way of celebrating and thanking Johnny for all the joy he has given us over the year.

Since Johnny is currently working on The Lone Ranger in the American Southwest and the Navajo people have shown him such a warm welcome, we thought it would be fitting to choose a charity devoted to improving the living conditions of the Navajo people. So the 2012 Birthday Project will benefit Project Pueblo.

Project Pueblo is a 100% student and volunteer-led 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that conducts short-term, low-cost service trips to impoverished areas while raising money and awareness for relevant projects and issues. Project Pueblo is currently focusing on improving living conditions for the Navajo people in the area known as the former Bennett Freeze, a 2 million acre region within the Navajo Indian reservation of 8000+ families where only 25% have adequate shelter, only 10% have running water, and only 3% have electricity. In addition, this area heavily suffers from issues relating to uranium contamination stemming from mining during the Cold War.

Project Pueblo is currently raising money to install water systems for Navajo families that have been drinking uranium-contaminated water because they have no other option. Each water system costs approximately $1,500, so with our Birthday Project we could provide clean water for two, three . . . maybe even four families! Wouldn’t that be a fantastic birthday present for Johnny?

To donate by Paypal, please use this yellow “Donate” button to link to our 2012 Birthday Project Paypal account:





If you prefer to donate by check, CLICK HERE to visit the Johnny Depp Zone’s Birthday Project forum for the mailing address.

We will be accepting donations through Johnny’s birthday, June 9, 2012. Please join us in saying “Thank you” and “Happy Birthday” to Johnny Depp. Your donation can bring comfort and support to the Navajo people: a gift of clean water is a gift of life itself.