Johnny Depp in ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY's new issue, featuring "The 50 Smartest People in Hollywood"

Johnny Depp is featured in the new issue of ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY (cover date December 7, 2007) as one of their chosen “50 Smartest People in Hollywood,” celebrities they claim are “the brains leading the film business forward.” Johnny ranks 21st on their list, because “he’s proven that you can sell tickets without selling out. Depp has carved a niche for himself as Hollywood’s wizard of weird and showed the suits that audiences were hungry for his handcrafted oddballs. After piloting the PIRATES franchise to $2.7 billion worldwide, Depp is playing a murderous, singing barber in the bloody operetta SWEENEY TODD. Seriously,” asks EW rhetorically, “who else would do that?” Ummm . . . no one, which is why there is only one Johnny Depp?

To show that they are focused on brains and not beauty, EW frequently offers caricatures of their honorees rather than printing their photographs. You can see Johnny’s caricature, by Robert Risko, here: The Zone thanks Theresa for posting the EW story on the News & Views forum. –Part-Time Poet