Why Johnny Depp made RANGO–new interview

In a recent video interview with France’s Canalplus, Johnny Depp spoke about his work on Gore Verbinski’s animated feature Rango, which will be released on Friday, March 4th. Asked why he wanted to make the film, Johnny said, “I wanted to make it, first, because it was Gore Verbinski . . . but also, it had a kind of incredible absurdist sense of humor, but at the same time, at the foundation of it, it meant something. It means something. And [the movie] correlates to the sort of current situation that we’re in, or will be in, in the years to come.”

Q: Do you think that the kids will “get” all the existentialist references, and the cameo by Hunter Thompson, and this kind of stuff?

JOHNNY DEPP: I think in a way, yeah. The information comes like this (gestures directly toward his face) and they get it, and there’s this other level that arrives (gestures sideways toward his shoulder), and that makes you think. “Who was that?” “What was that?” “What does this mean?” The questions will come later . . . after the laughs. Which I think is very, very smart.

Q: What are you looking for, [. . .] as an actor, [. . .] from movies, now? What do you want for movies?

JOHNNY DEPP: That’s a good question. I don’t know. Really, for me, it’s just to try to do something different every time, you know. If I can do something different . . . which is at times very difficult because you’re at the mercy of the director’s intentions, or the writer’s intentions, or the ultimate picture of the product that somebody else has. Yeah, I think more and more, I want to focus on what I can do that will be different from anything I’ve done before.

The Zone thanks Emma for sharing the Canalplus interview. Thanks also to HonestGirl for the photo of Johnny Depp at the world premiere of Rango in Los Angeles; to see a larger version, CLICK HERE.