Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Captain Jack or Willy Wonka? Decisions, Decisions ....

Anyone remember a TV series on Fox called 21 Jump Street? It was an hour long police drama series that debuted in 1987 and was Johnny Depp's first major vehicle to stardom. He played Officer Tom Hanson, Jr. from 1987 to 1990 and I have to admit that I was a fan. Of course, I was working as a police dispatcher in Stockton, California at the time so that probably accounts for some of it!

Since then, Johnny Depp has gone on to star in countless movies and turn in some truly amazing performances. As Glen Latz in A Nightmare on Elm Street, Icabod Crane in Sleepy Hollow, Mort Rainey in Secret Window, Sir James Matthew Barrie in Finding Neverland, and lots of other roles in between, Johnny Depp has brought a uniqueness all his own and turned in many memorable performances.

Two of my favorite Johnny Depp roles are his portrayals of Captain Jack Sparrow in The Pirates of the Caribbean movies and Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (but don't tell Amanda about that one as I've told her time and time again that I didn't like the movie!) but which character do I like the best?

As Willy Wonka, Depp does an eerily fantastic job at portraying the role of the enigmatic chocolatier who has deeper problems than the world knows. Of course that's not to say that the movie isn't rather strange in places as evidenced by my daughter walking around saying "Everything in this room is eatable, even *I'm* eatable! But that is called "cannibalism," my dear children, and is in fact frowned upon in most societies.", a line spoken by Willy Wonka himself. Truth be told, he does have a point!

As for my other favorite role, how can anyone possibly not love Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow? He's roguish and sexy and wears eyeliner better than most women! One of my favorite quotes from Captain Jack comes from Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl when Jack says, "Me? I'm dishonest, and a dishonest man you can always trust to be dishonest. Honestly. It's the honest ones you want to watch out for, because you can never predict when they're going to do something incredibly... stupid." Seriously now, how can you argue with that kind of logic? Savvy?

If I had to choose between the two roles, I'd have to say that Captain Jack is most definitely my favorite as Depp's portrayal of Sparrow probably did more for the pirate revival than any other pirate movie ever! And who doesn't love a pirate? Rrrrrr!! Besides, like I said, he's darned sexy in the role!

This December, Depp hits the screens in another role that is sure to be uniquely his own in Tim Burton's production of Sweeney Todd. If you're interested in getting a sneak preview before the movie hits theaters on December 21st visit the official Sweeney Todd movie site or visit Sweeney Todd on MySpace. I'm sure that Depp is going to have another very memorable performance and I know Amanda is going to definitely want to go see the movie when it comes out as both Tim Burton and Johnny Depp are high on her list of favorites. I'll let you know what I think once we've seen it!


  1. I kinda like Jack Sparrow as well...and that quote is worth stealing from you..

  2. Most definitely Captain Jack Sparrow.... *sigh*

  3. I am so looking forward to Sweeney Todd. Terribly impressed that he did his own singing since it is a difficult role.

    My favorite Johnny Depp role? Edward Scissorhands.

  4. I agree with Pirates of the Caribbean as favorite Johnny Depp role, but Benny and Joon would be a close second.

    Your comments about Pirates... reminded me of a ride on a "pirate ship" I took with my youngest son when he was about 10 or 11 years old. One of the pirate characters jumped in front of him and growled "Arrrr...". Without missing a beat, my son growled back at him, "S..T..U..V" in his best pirate voice. Everyone around us cracked up, including me.

  5. I am not sure how I even ended up here, ah ok I confess I was googling Depp lol.
    Love his as Jack but I also love him in Finding Neverland, mainly because I was named after Wendy lol.
    Have a great day.

  6. Anonymous4:13 PM EST

    great job on this!! I did the same one but chose willy wonka and edward scissorhands--by either one, he's a hottie!!

  7. Anonymous1:15 AM EST

    Ahhh Depp, my sweet Depp. I love him so. Neverland, Pirates, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, those are my favs. And yes, I loved him in 21 Jump Street, too!

  8. I was just coming to see if you'd taken a Sweeney Todd opp!
    I love Johnny Depp - yes, ever since 21 Jump Street!
    Can't wait to see him as the Barber!

  9. Anonymous12:04 AM EST

    hi great post, im a huge johnny depp fan, thanks!

  10. Anonymous10:53 AM EDT

    hi.. i juzt luv caption jacksparrow ..i luv hz attitude towardz pblmz


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