Worth over $300 million, with over a dozen awards for his acting (but no Oscars... yet), Johnny Depp is having an all right life. His acting career started out over thirty years ago, with his role in A Nightmare on Elm Street. A few more small movie parts and 21 Jump Street built his name in the late 80s and by the 90s, he was a budding star. 1990's Edward Scissorhands and 1993's What's Eating Gilbert Grape helped Depp cement himself as a respected actor (although that movie did more for Leo DiCaprio's reputation than Depp's).
More recently, he has played the main character in two movies inspired by the work of Hunter S. Thompson (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and The Rum Diary) not to mention possibly his greatest role: Captain Jack Sparrow of the Pirates of the Caribbean Disney franchise. But for the past couple of weeks, Depp has been receiving attention for the wrong reasons. He and his stunning wife Amber Heard, who he met while filming The Rum Diary, are in the middle of a very public divorce, with accusations of abuse being chucked back and forth. Some have suggested that even if he is absolved of any abuse, Depp's career will never be the same, but that remains to be seen.
While the accusations against him are a big deal, many people forget that Johnny Depp's career so far has not been a cake-walk. Here are fifteen things, other than his current marital drama, that Johnny Depp wishes we'd all forget.
15 His Daughter's Bout with E. Coli
This is probably one event in his life that Johnny Depp wishes he and everyone else would forget. Depp has spoken about how his experiences as a father have changed him and considers his two kids to be the greatest things about his life. Back in 2007, when his daughter Lily-Rose Depp was just seven years old, she nearly died. A nasty bout of E.Coli related food poisoning caused her kidneys to shut down and she nearly died. Depp referred to this as one of the most difficult times in his life.
14 He Co-Owned The Viper Room
13 Years of Terrible Facial Hair
Johnny Depp has often been called one of the most attractive men ever to grace the big screen. As a heterosexual male who is comfortable enough with his sexuality to say so, Depp is a pretty good looking guy, I can see where the hype comes from.
12 A Couple of Arrests
11 Alcohol Abuse
While he has made peace with his past for the most part, Johnny Depp has had troubles with the drink over the years. Several times throughout his life he has admitted in interviews that he was not completely happy and often turned to the sauce to get him out of a funk. He has had to interrupt shooting movies because of his addiction, and at the Hollywood Film Awards in 2014, he was noticeably drunk while trying to present an award for documentary work on stage.
10 Named "Hollywood's Most Overpaid"
9 Past Relationships
Prior to his current drama with Amber Heard, Johnny Depp has had an eventful love life. His relationship with Vanessa Paradis was fairly uneventful, and the two seem to have a decent amicable relationship today. She has even defended him against Heard's accusations of abuse.
8 "Winona Forever"
7 Bogus Claims of Native American Ancestry
A couple of times in his career, Depp has hinted that he thinks he may have some Native American ancestry. He's never offered any concrete evidence but has produced little anecdotes in interviews. These kinds of claims don't sit too well with some members of these communities and he has been criticized for playing the role of Tonto in The Lone Ranger.
6 Near-Elimination of His Part in Platoon
Oliver Stone's 1986 war film Platoon, is widely considered one of the greatest war movies ever made. The effects may be primitive compared to what we can see today, but the story, based loosely on his own experiences during the Vietnam War, is an effective portrayal of some of the realities of that conflict. For a brief synopsis: a young Charlie Sheen plays Chris Taylor, a private who is caught in an ongoing conflict among his platoon-mates and sergeants during the Vietnam War.
4 Dog Smuggling
Last year, Depp and Amber Heard encountered legal issues for trying to illegally bring their two Yorkies, Boo and Pistol, into Australia without following the proper procedures. This is like the fourth thing everyone should know about Australia; they have cool accents, they are a former British colony, toilets flush backwards (we know this because of an awesome episode of The Simpsons) and finally, they have a carefully monitored ecosystem that is heavily regulated.
3 Barely Intelligible Anti-American Comments
In an interview with Germany's Stern magazine, Johnny Depp said of the United States: "America is dumb, is something like a dumb puppy that has big teeth—that can bite and hurt you, aggressive". Most people in the States likely thought "who the hell cares about what that pretty boy thinks" but none of those people work in the media. There was a predictable uproar, especially because this event took place in the wake of the 2003 Invasion of Iraq, when half the country probably agreed with Depp, while the other half were still busy waving flags and blew their collective stack.
2 Callous Whitey Bulger Comment
His 2015 role as crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger in Black Mass saw Depp play a terrifying murderer who has been incarcerated since his capture in 2011. Johnny Depp is known to get into his roles; one example being the time he lived with Hunter S. Thompson for a few months while filming Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
1 He Compared Photoshoots to WHAT?!
Back in 2011, we all found out that Johnny Depp was no fan of photoshoots. All he had to say was something along the lines of "I don't enjoy the process, I'm rarely impressed by the end result and find the whole experience to be very negative and intrusive". Instead he compared photoshoots to ra*e. That's right, one of the worst violent crimes out there is apparently comparable with dressing up and having one's picture taken.
Various advocacy groups were less than pleased with his choice of words. It's doubtful that he meant anything truly offensive by this but it is an example of atrocious word choice. It doesn't take much experience in public relations to know that you don't compare stuff to something as traumatic as sexual assault.
Sources: <strong> </strong>Digital Spy, Daily Mail, The Wrap, People, The Guardian, BBC, Forbes
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