"Johnny Depp is truly one of America's dark and mysterious film actors."



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I've been a fan of Johnny Depp so long that I can't remember the first time I saw or noticed him in a film. What I do remember is that he achieved early success on a television program called "21 Jump Street". The premise was that a group of teen-aged cops would be able to infiltrate crime situations more easily due to their obvious youth (and high sex-appeal, of course - note to the Twilight fans out there...). I also know that Johnny was being groomed as a teen idol with the success of this show, and yet he declined to follow that high paying road in order to make better choices about the projects he'd work on. I have always had immense respect for Mr. Depp because of this very courageous decision. I mean really, if you or I were in the same position, would we have the guts to say "No" to huge teen idol success? Probably not for many of us, but Johnny made that decision, and just like in the legendary Robert Frost poem itself, "it has made all the difference" in his professional life.

I have always enjoyed the types of movies he's starred in, but I have to admit one of my "guilty pleasure" favorites is The Ninth Gate (1999). There's just something about the overall book obsession and the creepiness of this particular book he's investigating that makes this film very fascinating to watch. I also adore the performance of Frank Langella in this movie. He's a killer film actor, and it really shows in this unique occult film. The fact that it's a Roman Polanski film also adds a level of craziness with all the controversy surrounding this well known film director. Never forget, Rosemary's Baby (1968) is a Polanski film - an absolute classic in this genre - and so we must conclude that Roman has a strong interest in this dark and troubling subject matter. Let's face it, the devil is interesting and that's all there is to it. We all share primal fear and curiosity about this, and it shows.

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Johnny Depp as Dean Corso studying the "book from hell"

 

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