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Johnny Depp's Best Performance?


Glen Lantz in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
  0% (0)
Jack in Private Resort (1985)
  0% (0)
Private Gator Lerner in Platoon (1986)
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Wade "Cry-Baby" Walker in Cry-Baby (1990)
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Edward Scissorhands in Edward Scissorhands (1990)
  21% (23)
Axel Blackmar in Arizona Dream (1993)
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Sam in Benny & Joon (1993)
  0% (1)
Gilbert Grape in What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
  2% (3)
Ed Wood in Ed Wood (1994)
  18% (20)
Don Juan in Don Juan DeMarco (1995)
  0% (1)
William Blake in Dead Man (1995)
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Gene Watson in Nick of Time (1995)
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Donnie Brasco/Joseph D. 'Joe' Pistone in Donnie Brasco (1997)
  2% (3)
Raphael in The Brave (1997)
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Raoul Duke in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
  15% (17)
Dean Corso in The Ninth Gate (1999)
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Commander Spencer Armacost in The Astronaut's Wife (1999)
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Ichabod Crane in Sleepy Hollow (1999)
  4% (5)
Cesar in The Man Who Cried (2000)
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Lt. Victor in Before Night Falls (2000)
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Roux in Chocolat (2000)
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George Jung in Blow (2001)
  0% (1)
Inspector Frederick Abberline in From Hell (2001)
  0% (1)
Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy (2003 - 2007)
  12% (13)
Sands in Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)
  2% (3)
Mort Rainey in Secret Window (2004)
  0% (1)
Sir James Matthew Barrie in Finding Neverland (2004)
  2% (3)
Rochester in The Libertine (2004)
  3% (4)
Willy Wonka in Charlie & the Chocolate Factory (2005)
  1% (2)
Victor Van Dort in Corpse Bride (2005)
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Sweeney Todd in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
  4% (5)


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Johnny Depp's Best Performance? - 9/4/2008 12:20:14 AM   
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Which of Johnny Depp's performances would you rate highest?

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RE: Johnny Depp's Best Performance? - 9/4/2008 5:31:51 AM   
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Ed Wood, Edward Scissorhands, Jack Sparrow, Raoul Duke, Donnie Brasco and James Barrie, in that order (although Sparrow is my favourite performance)


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RE: Johnny Depp's Best Performance? - 9/4/2008 6:08:15 AM   
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Looking at that list it's surpirsed me of how many i havn't seen.

Anyways, i went for Edward Scissorhands.

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RE: Johnny Depp's Best Performance? - 9/4/2008 9:57:34 AM   
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Ed Wood by a hair, from Jack Sparrow. My personal favourite is Mort Rainy.. I love that film. But acting wise, JD was never better than Ed Wood. But when your brilliant in everything, it's all the same!!!
JD for Oscar...
Peace..

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RE: Johnny Depp's Best Performance? - 9/4/2008 10:27:05 AM   
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I have to go for Sands (OUATIM)! Outrageous performance!

He's hands down the best thing in the film. Should get his own movie!



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RE: Johnny Depp's Best Performance? - 9/4/2008 10:27:30 AM   
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A lot to choose from, Depp always gives an interesting performance, even in some less good movies (except Chocolat, where he is actually a bit rubbish for once). I think there is a clear split between Depp's roles as weird, larger than life characters (Edward Scissorhands, Willy Wonka, Jack Sparrow, Agent Sands) and his rather more restrained performances as real life figures (J.M. Barrie, Donnie Brasco, George Jung). While the latter may be what is conventionally perceived as superior acting, subtler and more restrained, it's that first bunch that are the reason why I love Depp, nobody else could play roles like that the way he does. I went with Edward Scissorhands, encumbered by make-up and little dialogue, Depp still gives his most beautiful, emotionally resonant performance in what is still his (and Burton's) best movie.

One point about the impressively comprehensive poll is that although he plays the same character, Jack Sparrow, in three films, arguably that is still three different performances. Certainly, those who loved the first Pirates and then tired of him in the sequels would say so. I enjoy all three so I'm ok with it.






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RE: Johnny Depp's Best Performance? - 9/4/2008 11:24:45 AM   
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Got to disagree with you Cochise.. I thought JD was great in Chocolat. Softer gentler, and not a bad Irish accent (take it from me).. I do see your point on Edward Scissorshands though. Beautiful and moving are the words I would use to describe JD's performance, and the film overall. 
As for his off beat weirdo roles.. You forgot the best of those.. Raoul Duke... 'Swines'...

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RE: Johnny Depp's Best Performance? - 9/4/2008 12:18:07 PM   
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Got to disagree with you Cochise.. I thought JD was great in Chocolat. Softer gentler, and not a bad Irish accent (take it from me).. I do see your point on Edward Scissorshands though. Beautiful and moving are the words I would use to describe JD's performance, and the film overall. 
As for his off beat weirdo roles.. You forgot the best of those.. Raoul Duke... 'Swines'...


I felt there was no depth at all to his character. It was the one time that he seems to have been cast in a purely eye candy, stereotypical fantasy love interest role, and he didn't seem to have anything to do with it. Can't really comment on his accent, not being Irish myself, but getting a reasonable accent is only a small part of the battle. His accent in From Hell is fairly ropey (and Sweeney Todd not much better), but these performances have a lot more going on, as they're interesting performances, I'm not too bothered by the accent.

As for Raoul Duke, I felt that he and Ed Wood (and possibly John Wilmot as well), sit somewhere in between the two categories as they represent fictionalised versions of real people, therefore are grounded in some truth, it's just that they are real people who are clearly a bit nuts.

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RE: Johnny Depp's Best Performance? - 9/4/2008 12:36:56 PM   
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Ya I see your point. Nuts is one way of putting them!!

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RE: Johnny Depp's Best Performance? - 9/4/2008 9:02:07 PM   
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I have to go for Sands (OUATIM)! Outrageous performance!

He's hands down the best thing in the film. Should get his own movie!




Yeah, plus he's hot.

It had to be said at some point.....

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RE: Johnny Depp's Best Performance? - 10/4/2008 2:14:35 AM   
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Johnny Depp is never less than very good, and a choice between so many exceptionally fine performances is a difficult one.
I went for his beautifully subtle, understated perfomance in Finding Neverland.

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RE: Johnny Depp's Best Performance? - 10/4/2008 11:35:44 AM   
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RE: Johnny Depp's Best Performance? - 10/4/2008 3:00:56 PM   
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Ah, I was in this one, well sort of. Ed Wood.. Fucking Karloff.... 

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RE: Johnny Depp's Best Performance? - 14/4/2008 3:48:12 PM   
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There's so many, seems like he's been around longer than he actually has.
Edward Scissorhands is a timeless classic and you can't help falling in love and being charmed by his character.  Ed Wood, What's Eating Gilbert Grape and Fear and Loathing and Donnie Brasco would also be high on my list.

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RE: Johnny Depp's Best Performance? - 14/4/2008 6:49:55 PM   
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Such an interesting and diverse list from a talented actor.

I'd probably go for Scissorhands but i think he's terrific in Ed Wood, Curse of the Black Pearl and i do love him in Once Upon a time in Mexico. "Infact this is so good that when i'm finished i'm going to go in the kitchen and shoot the chef." Something along those lines

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RE: Johnny Depp's Best Performance? - 15/4/2008 12:48:47 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: xmagic_dustx

quote:

ORIGINAL: grucl

I have to go for Sands (OUATIM)! Outrageous performance!

He's hands down the best thing in the film. Should get his own movie!




Yeah, plus he's hot.

It had to be said at some point.....


Good god yes.  I came so close to voting for Sands.  This was so hard, I rate so many of his performances.  But in the end I went for his achingly beautiful performance in Edward Scissorhands. 

Such a shame you can only vote for one!  Honourable mentions; Gilbert Grape, Ed Wood, Raoul Duke and Donnie Brasco.


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RE: Johnny Depp's Best Performance? - 15/4/2008 1:18:38 AM   
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Fantastic, versatile, apparently eternally good-looking actor. I'm gonna have to go with Edward Scissorhands as his best performance, a beautiful film and a genuinely touching portrayal, the gentle demeanor and quiet sadness makes the character very compelling. I also love his performance in Ed Wood, utterly brilliant, Depp completely captures the nature of the talentless, but sincere and optimistic director. His unhinged, manic turn in Gilliam's Fear & Loathing is very impressive as well, his understated performance in Jarmusch's Dead Man is a favorite of mine too. Also brilliant in What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Benny & Joon, Don Juan DeMarco, Donnie Brasco and From Hell. I hated his performances in the POTC films though, I also hate the fact that the reason most people know Depp these days is because of aforementioned airhead pirate flicks.

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RE: Johnny Depp's Best Performance? - 15/4/2008 3:50:10 AM   
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So many fine performance, but for me it can only be Raoul Duke

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RE: Johnny Depp's Best Performance? - 15/4/2008 4:48:07 AM   
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So many fine performance, but for me it can only be Raoul Duke

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RE: Johnny Depp's Best Performance? - 15/4/2008 1:30:58 PM   
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I was torn between Ed Wood and Edward Scissorhands - I went for the former as I also think it's the better film, with a brilliant accompanying performance of Martin Landau as Bela Lugosi. Lovely performance in Donnie Brasco as well

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RE: Johnny Depp's Best Performance? - 15/4/2008 2:59:24 PM   
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Really hard to pick just one. Was torn between the roles in edward sciccorhands, benny and joon, sleepy hollow, fear and loathing and sweeney todd.

In the end tho, ichobod crane from sleepy hollow got my vote. Special mention for agent sands also, for reasons people have already stated

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RE: Johnny Depp's Best Performance? - 16/4/2008 2:23:21 PM   
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He is very good in Sleepy Hollow thats true, him and Ricca have great chelmstry.

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RE: Johnny Depp's Best Performance? - 18/4/2008 10:13:06 AM   
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I went with Ed Wood, though its a pretty tough vote. Hes amazing in Fear and Loathing, poetic in Dead Man and ..well captain Jack in PotC...still sticking with Ed tho as its my fav JD movie

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RE: Johnny Depp's Best Performance? - 18/4/2008 10:17:00 AM   
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Edward Scissorhands in Edward Scissorhands (1990)

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RE: Johnny Depp's Best Performance? - 23/4/2008 10:54:52 AM   
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Ed Wood. Although as J M Barrie he was stunning.

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RE: Johnny Depp's Best Performance? - 25/4/2008 3:10:55 PM   
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Officer Tom Hanson, 21 Jump Street.

But as for movies, Raoul Duke.




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RE: Johnny Depp's Best Performance? - 28/4/2008 9:14:42 PM   
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He's used to play excentric characters. Jack Sparrow is a kind of a sum of all his other excentric characters.


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RE: Johnny Depp's Best Performance? - 28/4/2008 9:22:20 PM   
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Officer Tom Hanson, 21 Jump Street.

But as for movies, Raoul Duke.





Nice to see some love for Tom, I have a soft spot for him, especially in the later series when Johnny was trying to get sacked.


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RE: Johnny Depp's Best Performance? - 28/4/2008 9:32:17 PM   
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Has to be Fear and Loathing.... for me. Both lead are brilliant.

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RE: Johnny Depp's Best Performance? - 6/7/2008 9:44:13 AM   
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Just bumping this for Beatrice Kiddo.

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