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Old Yesterday, 20:36
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His latest film 'Transcendence' is getting a kicking by critics (and specifically Depp's performance). I was hoping this would be a return to form for Depp who hasn't made a string of decent movies in years now. It certainly helped that he was playing the most (relatively) normal character in ages.

At one time he was regarded as one of the best actors of his generation. He certainly was one of my favourite actors. I think it's as far back as 2007 since we saw a really good Johnny Depp performance. He's now become a parody of himself with endless Pirates sequels and constantly trying to outdo himself with the next zany character. Transcendence was meant to be something fresh and even that now looks like a dud
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His latest film 'Transcendence' is getting a kicking by critics (and specifically Depp's performance). I was hoping this would be a return to form for Depp who hasn't made a string of decent movies in years now. It certainly helped that he was playing the most (relatively) normal character in ages.

At one time he was regarded as one of the best actors of his generation. He certainly was one of my favourite actors. I think it's as far back as 2007 since we saw a really good Johnny Depp performance. He's now become a parody of himself with endless Pirates sequels and constantly trying to outdo himself with the next zany character. Transcendence was meant to be something fresh and even that now looks like a dud
You can say that again! He is hands down one of THE most over-rated actors on the planet. I rarely go and see his films. I think he's a shit actor. The last JD film i saw was Dark Shadows which i quite liked but had nothing to do with Depp's performance and before that was Public Enemies because it was a Michael Mann film. I don't see his appeal whatsoever. If it wasn't for POTC he would still be trying to make a name for himself.

Has anyone see the trailer for Transcendence? Didn't get me excited at all despite the acting talent on board. It looks like beyond awful!
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Old Yesterday, 20:53
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In what universe was Johnny Depp ever a good actor? Edward Scissorhands was a fluke at best.
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Old Yesterday, 21:01
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You can say that again! He is hands down one of THE most over-rated actors on the planet. I rarely go and see his films. I think he's a shit actor. The last JD film i saw was Dark Shadows which i quite liked but had nothing to do with Depp's performance and before that was Public Enemies because it was a Michael Mann film. I don't see his appeal whatsoever. If it wasn't for POTC he would still be trying to make a name for himself.

Has anyone see the trailer for Transcendence? Didn't get me excited at all despite the acting talent on board. It looks like beyond awful!
I think he's a very talented actor who's just become lazy. It's BECAUSE of POTC that he's not trying anymore. The first one was a surprise hit and he was truly great in it. The second one was a decent flow-up and I was still on the Jack Sparrow bandwagon. By the third film he started to lose me and the 4th, well I gave up. And we still have a 5th one!

He is very talented, I mean just look at his work in Ed Wood, Edward Scissorhands, Finding Neverland, Sweeney Todd, Sleepy Hollow, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and The Libertine. I have to admit though I didn't particularly like The Libertine but I thought he was great. It was a Depp who was trying to take risks.
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Old Yesterday, 21:06
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In what universe was Johnny Depp ever a good actor? Edward Scissorhands was a fluke at best.
Check out his performances in Ed Wood and Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas. He is (or at least was) a good actor. He's done interesting work other than his two signature performances (Jack Sparrow and ES). It feels like such a long time ago
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Old Yesterday, 22:19
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Like the rest of us, the guy knows he has a limited time on this earth. What would you do if you were a multi millionaire? Whatever the heck you liked, however and whenever...or pander to the expectations of strangers?
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I think he's a very talented actor who's just become lazy. It's BECAUSE of POTC that he's not trying anymore. The first one was a surprise hit and he was truly great in it. The second one was a decent flow-up and I was still on the Jack Sparrow bandwagon. By the third film he started to lose me and the 4th, well I gave up. And we still have a 5th one!

He is very talented, I mean just look at his work in Ed Wood, Edward Scissorhands, Finding Neverland, Sweeney Todd, Sleepy Hollow, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and The Libertine. I have to admit though I didn't particularly like The Libertine but I thought he was great. It was a Depp who was trying to take risks.
Yep, I agree totally. I love the first Pirates film and actually enjoy the first two sequels, too. But it clearly marked an end for Depp as the actor he was once regarded as. Once he was an actor who didn't do sequels. Now he's doing more Pirates films, regardless of how far they've sunk as a franchise.

Its a shame really, because he was always such a winner in his performances. But I can't blame him too much. He's a human being, after all and if he's had enough of pushing his limits and just wants a good paycheque, then who are we to blame him? I'd take the good paycheque, too! He still seems like a top bloke, too.
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He now has enough money to buy some tropical islands. Yes with an s. So he sold out? i would too for that much cash. It just took him a couple of decades longer than other actors.
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A limited actor who got by on his looks and playing kooky. Now, his looks have faded and his kookiness annoys. What does he care, though? He's made his millions...
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You can say that again! He is hands down one of THE most over-rated actors on the planet. I rarely go and see his films. I think he's a shit actor. The last JD film i saw was Dark Shadows which i quite liked but had nothing to do with Depp's performance and before that was Public Enemies because it was a Michael Mann film. I don't see his appeal whatsoever. If it wasn't for POTC he would still be trying to make a name for himself.

Has anyone see the trailer for Transcendence? Didn't get me excited at all despite the acting talent on board. It looks like beyond awful!
He was a film star long before the Pirates films came along.

But I agree with the comments that perhaps the Pirates films have made him complacent.
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Old Today, 03:34
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In what universe was Johnny Depp ever a good actor? Edward Scissorhands was a fluke at best.
His character didn't require him to do much actual acting in Scissorhand.
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Old Today, 13:47
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The only performances I liked so far are Blow, Donnie Brasco, Dead Man, Ed Wood and The Libertine (not that good a film, but Depp's performance at times is praiseworthy). I enjoyed his turn in Pirates of the Caribbean, too.

I didn't like Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas at all. I watched it again a few years after its release and still didn't like it. It's one of those films need to be remade.

As an actor, he has no personality (maybe it's the wrong word, but right now I can't think of the one that fits best). He tends to mirror his major cast-mate, so the calibre of his performance usually depends on who he's acting with. When the opposite actor is good, he performs good. When bad, he's either lazy or equally bad. When intense, he'll be intense as well. One may say he's a little too empathetic in this respect.

He also tends to go through a phase of mimicking the mannerisms and style of a person he admires for a role. Val Kilmer was his first 'hero', so Kilmer's mannerisms and style show up in Depp's early performances. Off my head: he did James Dean, Paul Scofield, Cary Grant, Christopher Walken, Al Pacino, Warren Beatty, Peter O'Toole, Robert Mitchum and Jason Robards (he was Robards in The Ninth Gate).

Yeah, he's more interesting as a film star but overall, I rarely make an effort to see a Depp film. I'd kill to have his too-awesome-to-be-real cheekbones, though.
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