Johnny Depp To Play Eccentric Character In New Movie For Once


ACTOR Johnny Depp has heaped praise on the director of his latest movie Mortdecai for allowing the Hollywood favourite to play a curious and lovable eccentric for the first time in his career.

“Parts like these just don’t come along every day,” explained the actor previously famous for stuffy straight man roles in Edward Scissorhands, Alice in Wonderland, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

In Depp’s latest movie Mortdecai he plays the titular role of Charlie Mortdecai in a film about an eccentric art dealer.

“It’s just such a great change from what I’m used to, my character is full of wanton gay abandoning and raised eyebrows. I think my fans will be shocked as it’s just not what they’re used to seeing from me,” added the actor.

Critics have praised director David Koepp for taking a risk on an actor previously known for a string of movies in which he plays conventional white suburban dads.

“I know not many people believe Jonathan can tackle roles like this, but I don’t know, something about him, just told me he could do it,” revealed Koepp, who showed a rare Hollywood act of blind faith in an actor who would clearly be out of his comfort zone.

“It was probably his audition that swung for me,” began Koepp as he detailed Depp’s performance during casting.

“He arrived, and then out of nowhere he started doing these quirky glances at things and I was like ‘what? This is Jonathan Depp, what is he doing with all these knowing winks’. It was just totally out of the blue and not expected,” confirmed Koepp.

Depp will further stray from typecasting in his next movie Monkey Man, in which he plays an eccentric millionaire who trains a group of monkeys to play basketball and compete in the 2016 Rio Olympics for the Republic of Micronesia.