Johnny Depp "honored" to play Pancho Villa in upcoming Kusturica film

During a press conference at the Kustendorf International Film and Music Festival, Johnny Depp confirmed that he will work with friend and festival founder Emir Kusturica again (Kusturica directed JD in 1993’s Arizona Dream). Johnny will play Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa in The Seven Friends of Pancho Villa and the Woman with Six Fingers, which will shoot in 2011. “I’m very honored to say that I get to play Pancho Villa in a film for Emir,” Johnny told the press. “When Emir told me that he wants me for the role of Pancho Villa, I thought that a Mexican actor would be a better choice, since Villa is the national hero. However, I am sure that Emir probably has something on his mind, some vision that he wants to realize.”

To see a larger photo of Johnny speaking to the press, CLICK HERE, and to see a photo of Johnny and Emir Kusturica laughing at the press conference, CLICK HERE. The Zone thanks Emma for reports on the press conference and Evochka for the photos; you can read more about Johnny’s trip to Kustendorf on the Zone’s News and Views forum. –Part-Time Poet

Johnny Depp to direct a documentary about Keith Richards

One bit of surprising information from an interview Johnny Depp gave at the Kustendorf Film Festival: he intends to direct a documentary about his longtime friend (and Captain Jack Sparrow’s film father), rock immortal Keith Richards. Since we are working from a machine translation of a Serbian report rather than text written in English, the details are unfortunately sketchy (and involve some guesswork). However, when asked if he would ever consider directing another film, Johnny Depp replied, “I will [. . . ] do a documentary on Keith Richards. While I am in Drvengrad, my editor [is examining] the miles of archival material, recordings of his concerts.” Added Johnny, “I am very touched that Keith has accepted to be found in front of my camera.” That’s how the Serbian report appears when translated into English–we’re guessing that Johnny’s actual words to the interviewer were something like, “I am very touched that Keith has agreed to let me film him” or “I am very touched that Keith has agreed to be in my film.” In any case, it’s great news!

The Zone thanks FANtasticJD for sharing the story; you can read the full interview with Johnny Depp (in its machine translation) on the Zone’s News & Views forum. It takes imagination and patience to de-code it, but there is a lot of fascinating material. –Part-Time Poet