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The Secret World of Johnny Depp : The Intimate Biography of Hollywood's Best-Loved Rebel - Nigel Goodall

The Secret World of Johnny Depp

The Intimate Biography of Hollywood's Best-Loved Rebel

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Published: 31st May 2007
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Not only is Johnny Depp a huge star, but his unconventional choice of movie roles has made him a fascinating and mysterious character. With appearances in both children and adult films such as "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "The Libertine", Depp has a mass market cross- generational appeal.

From his debut in "Nightmare on Elm Street" in 1984 through to his flamboyant turn as the voice of Victor Van Dort in "Corpse Bride", Depp has successfully carved a niche for himself as a serious, somewhat dark, idiosyncratic performer, consistently selecting roles that surprised critics and audiences alike. Apart from his on-screen life, Depp has dated several female celebrities off-screen, including failed engagements to Jennifer Grey, Winona Ryder, and Kate Moss.

He was married to Lori Anne Allison in 1983, but then divorced her in 1985. Currently, Depp is living with French singer-actress Vanessa Paradis, with whom he has two children: Lily-Rose Melody, born in 1999 and Jack, born in 2002. He has also had a wild parallel career as a rock musician with involvement in the elite party scene in LA - Depp was in the Viper Room club the night River Phoneix overdosed. This definitive biography charts every aspect of the charismatic actor's life.

Thimble-deep bio of misfit maestro Johnny Depp.Intrepid celebrity biographer Goodall (Christian Slater, 2006) here updates his 2004 tome What's Eating Johnny Depp?, re-titling his efforts The Secret World of Johnny Depp; most curious, considering the fact that this ungainly hodgepodge of previously published interviews, biographies and promotional materials contains nothing that could be construed as a "secret." Goodall's method is to assemble the most innocuous and inane existing material on a given Hollywood tyro (much of it obviously culled from that lowest form of journalism, the junket interview); quote liberally from other reviewers (Roger Ebert should receive royalties); breathlessly synopsize the plots of the relevant films in a style somewhere between that of an extended pull-quote and a book report by a bright seventh grader; and pad, pad, pad, discoursing pointlessly on such ephemerally related topics as the authenticity of Pirates of the Caribbean's ships, or the travails of director Gillian Armstrong, who has never worked with this particular actor. There is no context or analysis provided for understanding Depp's films or technique-Private Resort gets the same laborious plot rundown as Edward Scissorhands-but odd redundancies and gaffes abound (a favorite: Goodall refers to broadcaster Rush Limbaugh as "she"). These are at least mildly amusing and break the monotony of what feels like a surreally endless People magazine article. The book's bloodlessness and superficiality become mesmerizing-when Goodall musters a subjective opinion about something, it is along the lines of deeming the nightmarishly gruesome A Nightmare on Elm Street "frequently unpleasant." The author does get uncharacteristically heated up about critics; the reader will draw his or her own conclusions on this point. Goodall begins his story with the assertion that Depp is "finally achieving the kind of achievement that all Hollywood was applauding."Depp plays oddballs and once messed up a hotel room. We knew this going in, right? (Kirkus Reviews)

Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Introductionp. xv
Swash Buck Herop. 1
Rebel With A Causep. 15
A Rock Star Is Almost Bornp. 31
Soldier Boy and a High School Copp. 45
True Lovep. 65
The King and Queen of Young Hollywoodp. 81
Death of a Fairytalep. 113
A Nightmare on Sunset Boulevardp. 141
Risky Rolesp. 169
The Nick of Timep. 191
Johnny Be Goodp. 215
In Love With Loathingp. 229
A Career on the Rise Againp. 261
Once Upon A Time in Hollywoodp. 279
A Lost Soul No Morep. 299
Picture Perfectp. 323
The Pirate Kingp. 341
Notesp. 361
Film Glossaryp. 367
Filmographyp. 383
Awards and Nominationsp. 399
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ISBN: 9781844543878
ISBN-10: 1844543870
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 406
Published: 31st May 2007
Publisher: BLAKE PUB
Dimensions (cm): 19.761 x 16.891  x 2.896
Weight (kg): 0.318