From the sweet but asocial adolescent in Edward Scissorhands to Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Johnny Depp has brought to life some of the most challenging, quirky and compelling characters in Hollywood history. Often considered the quintessential "outsider," Depp has fascinated his fans for more than two decades. This biographical study invites fans and critics alike to take a close look at the person behind the movie star, his body of work as an actor, and the unique set of heroes and anti-heroes he has personified throughout his career.
About the Author
MICHAEL BLITZ is Professor of English and Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York. He is the co-author of Arnold Schwarzenegger: A Biography (2006).
LOUISE KRASNIEWICZ is a senior research scientist in the American Section at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology. She is the co-author of Arnold Schwarzenegger: A Biography (2006).
Table of Contents
Series Foreword vii
Introduction: "I, John" ix
Timeline: Significant Events in the Life of Johnny Depp xv
"Johnny, Come Home": Beginnings 1
"Johnny Guitar": Rock 'n' Roll...and on the Rocks 11
"Handsome Johnny": Fans Make the Man-21 Jump Street and Stardom 23
"Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny, Oh!": Johnny Wades in the Waters and Makes the Cut for Burton 31
"Frankie and Johnny": The Great Wide Open-From Stardom to Super-Stardom 39
"Johnny One Time": From Dead Man to Space Man 51
"Sloop John B": Finding Paradis(e) 67
"Johnny B. Goode": Love, Death, Chocolate, and Piracy 87
"Johnny Angel": The Character Actor 91
"Johnny's Reel": At the Movies 105
"Johnny Are You Queer?": A Pirate's Life for Us 149
The Johnny Depp of... 165
Johnny Depp is... 171
Tattoos Treasure Map 179
Works Cited 181