Articles from July 2006


Johnny Depp received a warm reception from fans in Paris when he arrived for the premiere of PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN’S CHEST. Johnny was accompanied by his partner Vanessa Paradis; Vanessa wore a black dress and Johnny a black shirt and trousers, and his full complement of trinkets, including necklaces. To see a photo of Johnny and Vanessa, click HERE. Zone members Frenchy and Carasun attended the premiere and report that both Johnny and Vanessa graciously signed autographs for them and the other fans along the red carpet, as did Orlando Bloom and producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Frenchy tells us, “When he signed it, looked at me and gave me a big smile….I was undone!” You can read the full account of her adventure on the “Back from the Paris Premiere” thread on the Porch; members can see Frenchy’s photos on our Recent Pics forum. We thank her for sharing her story with us, and we look forward to reading Carasun’s as soon as she recovers from meeting Johnny Depp.

To see a larger version of the photo of Johnny signing autographs in Paris, click HERE–notice Johnny’s Children’s Hospice bracelet on his left wrist. The Zone thanks AnaMaria and bonnie for bringing us the Paris premiere pictures!

"Paris has been very kind to me": Johnny Depp receives the City of Paris's highest honor

The mayor of Paris, Betrand Delanoe, took the occasion of the French premiere of PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN’S CHEST on July 6 to present Johnny Depp with the Grand Medaille de Vermeil. It is the city’s highest honor for achievement and is only given to those who have displayed devotion to Paris. “I’m very honored and very touched, and a little bit shy,” Johnny said–in French–as he accepted the award. “This country–the city of Paris has been very kind to me,” Johnny added. “It introduced me to my beautiful girl Vanessa, and it gave me two beautiful kids. It doesn’t get any better than that.” The Zone thanks emma for supplying the transcript of Johnny’s remarks and emma and Charly for the the videos of the ceremony on our Video Clips forum.

To see a larger version of the picture at left, click HERE, and to see a photo of Johnny accepting his medal, click HERE. Thanks to bonnie and AnaMaria for the photos!

BREAKING NEWS–New photos of Johnny Depp leaving a London restaurant on July 4th

After spending July 4th doing press interviews to promote PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN’S CHEST, Johnny Depp had dinner at London’s posh San Lorenzo restaurant with his good friend Tim Burton, Tim’s partner Helena Bonham Carter, and Johnny’s longtime agent Tracey Jacobs. Might the dinner-table conversation have included some discussion of Tim’s next film project, SWEENEY TODD? Tim is reportedly considering Johnny for the role of the notorious Demon Barber of Fleet Street. The Zone thanks bonnie for posting the pictures–you can see a larger version of our thumbnail HERE.

"I enjoy acting more and more," Johnny Depp tells GOOD MORNING AMERICA

Johnny Depp appeared on GOOD MORNING AMERICA today, July 5th, to promote Friday’s release of PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN’S CHEST. For the interview taped in London, Johnny wore his orange Gonzo shirt, jeans, trinkets, and a grey fedora. The GMA reporter suggested that Captain Jack Sparrow, being such a memorable character, would have “overwhelmed a lesser actor” and labeled him for life as Captain Jack, but that Johnny’s impressive resume–with performances like Edward Scissorhands and Ed Wood–protected him. “Although there is the off chance that I’ll end up at fast food chains doing personal appearances,” Johnny said, grinning, “or golf tournaments as Jack Sparrow. Things like that.”

At the beginning of his career, Johnny considered himself a musician who took acting jobs to pay the rent. But he told GMA that acting has grown on him: “It’s a process that I enjoy more and more,” he said. Might that process include playing Captain Jack again? “You never know,” Johnny replied. “I mean selfishly as an actor, I just think I could continue on, because he’s just so much fun to play.” The Zone thanks DeepinDepp for breaking the story and Susanne for posting the segment on Video Clips. You can find both Johnny’s and Keira’s GOOD MORNING AMERICA appearances on the ABC website HERE.

TV ALERT–Johnny Depp on GOOD MORNING AMERICA on Wednesday, July 5th

Johnny Depp will appear on GOOD MORNING AMERICA on Wednesday, July 5th, in an interview taped in London. (He had been scheduled to appear on GOOD MORNING AMERICA last Friday, but then his New York trip was cancelled.) We will be delighted to see Johnny chat a little bit about that pirate movie he has opening this week. Thanks to DeepinDepp for the TV alert, which she heard from Here’s To You at JohnnyDeppFan . . . . Now that Johnny has kept his obligation to appear on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, we’re anxiously waiting to see a rescheduled date for the David Letterman show.

BREAKING NEWS–new photos of Johnny Depp in London July 4th

Having signed hundreds of autographs for fans at the European premiere of PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN’S CHEST in Leicester Square yesterday, Johnny Depp ventured out into central London today, July 4, where he was snapped by the paparazzi as he–what else?–signed autographs . . . . Johnny was wearing his orange Gonzo shirt, his aviator sunglasses, and his grey fedora. His next public event is the DEAD MAN’S CHEST premiere in Paris on Thursday, July 6th, at the Cinema Gaumont Marignan on the Champs Elysees. That premiere starts fashionably late, with Johnny scheduled to receive the grande medaille de vermeil de la Ville de Paris at 8:15 p.m. The Zone thanks emma for the information on the Paris premiere, and AnaMaria for the new London photos. For a larger version of our thumbnail photo, click HERE, and for another view of Johnny signing an autograph, click HERE.

THE LIBERTINE is released on DVD in region 1

The many fans in North America who were denied an opportunity to see Johnny Depp’s mesmerizing performance as the second Earl of Rochester at the local movie house can finally see Laurence Dunmore’s THE LIBERTINE, as the film comes out on DVD today. The region 1 DVD includes a commentary track by the director, ten deleted scenes, and “Capturing THE LIBERTINE,” the making-of feature by the Brownlee Brothers that was not included on the UK release. THE LIBERTINE is available from for $14.99 plus shipping; you can order a copy HERE.

If you are interested in movie soundtracks, the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN’S CHEST soundtrack is also available today. A spirited debate is already underway regarding whether Hans Zimmer’s score for DEAD MAN’S CHEST equals Klaus Badelt’s memorable music for POTC: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL. Amazon has the new soundtrack available for $9.99 plus shipping; you can find the listing HERE. Thanks to emma and mytreasure for the news.


Johnny Depp thrilled a large crowd of fans gathered at London’s Odeon Theatre in Leicester Square when he arrived for the European premiere of PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN’S CHEST. Johnny wore a white shirt, light-colored trousers, brown-and-white two-tone shoes, his favorite grey fedora, and purple sunglasses. He was also sporting enough trinkets to make any pirate happy–including the leather bracelet that supports Children’s Hospice. Johnny signed autographs for the crowd and posed for pictures with lucky fans. You can read all about it on the Zone’s News & Views forum; Zone members can see the newest pictures on our Recent Pics forum. A number of Zoners are at the red carpet and will be posting eyewitness reports. The Zone thanks AnaMaria for the picture of Johnny at the London premiere; you can see a larger version HERE. For a different view of Johnny, click HERE; thanks very much to DarkAngel for the second photo.

Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow on the cover of August EMPIRE

The August issue of the UK film magazine EMPIRE features Captain Jack Sparrow on the cover, and inside the issue, 15 pages of pictures and articles devoted to PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN’S CHEST. In other magazine news, FILM FANTASY devotes almost the entire contents of its newest issue to stories about DEAD MAN’S CHEST and other pirate lore, including a long interview with writer Terry Rossio. There are some great pictures here . . . . The July GQ has a thoughtful five-page retrospective of Johnny Depp’s career, and Film Review International has a great cover photo of Captain Jack and a good article on DEAD MAN’S CHEST by Harry Haun. Thanks to DeepinDepp for keeping the Zone’s Magazine Alert thread up-to-date; if you think you’ve missed any of the new articles, you can check the Magazine Alert announcement at the top of the Zone’s News & Views forurm.

Johnny Depp will NOT play Michael Hutchence in biopic

Johnny Depp laughed when a reporter asked if he was going to play the late INXS frontman, Michael Hutchence, in an upcoming film about his life. “It’s not true,” Johnny told a room full of reporters in Los Angeles during the promotion for PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN’S CHEST. “No one ever approached me about it.” Johnny only heard about the Hutchence film, SLIDE AWAY, when a friend sent him a copy of a media report that claimed that not only had Johnny agreed to play Hutchence, but that Johnny’s girlfriend of the mid-’90s, Kate Moss, would be playing Hutchence’s girlfriend, Paula Yates. Laughing at the bizarre story, Johnny said that he didn’t think he was the right person to play Hutchence, anyway. “I knew him pretty well,” Johnny said. “He was kind of a glam guy. He was like a god, like a shaman, so I don’t think I’d be the guy.”