The point is, one thing made Depp refreshing and exciting among his peers: unpredictability. You never knew exactly what he was gonna do; he might make an unassuming supporting appearance in a tiny movie like Before Night Falls, or he might go off and direct a movie and never release it in America. Who knows? And even when he made the occasional conventional thriller, like Nick of Time or Secret Window, he’d invest his characters with an off-balance weirdness that made the pictures seem less easy and less formula.
But lately, that’s all he’s doing — and it’s making his characters monotonous, repetitive, and boring. This actor, who used to be an admirable vessel of genuine peculiarity, is now as predictable as they come: grab a role (preferably with Tim Burton at the helm), put on some weird make-up, vamp it up, collect a nice, big check. It’s a schtick now, and it’s time to reboot, to make some smaller, more offbeat movies with interesting directors and producers who know how to say “no.”
That’s not likely, of course. After The Lone Ranger ate it at the box office, Depp’s PR people tried to change the subject by talking about his new, multi-year, first-look deal at Disney (though Deadline notes that’s actually a deal that happened back in March). This doesn’t sound like the kind of arrangement that’ll allow for much in the way of experimentation. But hey, they can make plenty of those Pirates flicks! And more Johnny Depp-fueled live-action versions of Disney classics! Imagine the possibilities:
Note to Disney: these are joke suggestions. But if you’re taking them seriously, please note that I’ve copyrighted all of them. I’d like some stupid Disney money too.