Wednesday, 1 July 2009

[208] Public Enemies: Johnny Depp Conference

Johnny Depp is one of my favourite actors, and has been in certain roles in certain films that have really influenced and affected me over the years - from Edward Scissorhands, Finding Neverland and Ed Wood, to Fear And Loathing in Las Vegas, Once Upon a Time in Mexico and Dead Man. So, it was particularly awesome to attend a press conference for Public Enemies in London this week - which essentially played out as three 20 minute interviews, en masse, with Depp, Michael Mann and Marion Cotillard individually. I was entirely struck by him - his elegant manner, and slightly poetic turn of phrase. Check out the article below.

Public Enemies, the new film from Michael Mann, tells the story of Depression-era bank robber John Dillinger. Starring as Dillinger is Johnny Depp, who is already courting a small amount of Oscar buzz if any of the pre-release reviews are to be believed. At the film's press conference, Depp sat down and answered questions from the assembled journos.

Suave and dapper in a waistcoast and open-cuffed shirt, he cuts a sensual, catlike figure - as iconic and enthralling as his screen roles. From his entrance, he had the crowd in the palm of his hand, pausing to regard an oversized film poster draped behind the stage. In a moment of awkward, bashful humility, he laughed, and said "Well, that's entirely too large, is it not?", before easing into his designated leather armchair.

In the conference, he touched on his reaction to his popular image, his long career, as well as his approach to playing notorious Public Enemy Dillinger.

Read the full article here.

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