I pretty much try to stay in a constant state of confusion just because of the expression it leaves on my face. ~Johnny Depp
A few years ago, Kyle and I attended the movies and naturally while waiting for the paid entertainment of choice, we were forced to watch a slew of movie trailers, one promoting a Johnny Depp movie. I think it was Dark Shadows but I truly can’t remember. Anyway, what threw me for a loop, was Kyle’s response to said trailer. After he saw it showcased the premiere actor Johnny Depp, Kyle said, “Ooooh Johnny Depp! I like him, he’s a pretty good actor.” I just smiled. That was such a funny and unexpected comment to jump out of Kyle’s mouth. I didn’t even know he knew who Johnny Depp was, let alone liked him! Although, at this point in my life, I should be acutely aware of Kyle’s attention to detail and observation. Not to mention he’s a big fan of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies and I’m a fan of the quirky actor myself, probably commenting on Johnny Depp a time or two.
Soon after that instance, every now and again, the Johnny Depp conversation would make its appearance. Usually, due to another movie to re-spark Kyle’s interest. He’s always commented, “I think Johnny Depp is funny.” or “Johnny Depp’s a good actor.” or “Does Johnny Depp always wear weird make-up?” Then, usually after making Johnny Depp new again, Kyle usually finishes the conversation with, “Umm I should watch the Pirates of the Caribbean again!” One of his stables, along with the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
As the conversation makes its usual progression, it shifts slightly and Kyle tries to recall all the Johnny Depp movies. Like he’s ever heard of Cry Baby or Platoon, but I enjoy the direction and the challenge of our interaction. A neat exercise that includes Pirates of the Caribbean, Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Rango. Then, I help Kyle recall a few of my favorites like, Sleepy Hallow (the headless horseman is one of my favorite Halloween stories) and Finding Neverland. Being slightly older than my little man, I am able to recall a few more movies he’s never seen or has even heard of such as, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Chocolat, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Thrashin’, and Edward Scissorhands (another one of my favorites). Let’s not forget 21 Jump Street, the show and the movie (yes he made a cameo at the end of the movie). There are many more, but those are the ones that stand out in my head and seem to make the list within our discussions.
So I guess to answer Kyle’s initial question, “Does Johnny Depp always wear that weird make-up?”, the answer is no, he does not and he doesn’t always play funny. Although I think he does silly well!
Two weeks ago, before the ‘Aunt Nikki and Kyle’s Week of Fun’, I took Kyle to see Despicable Me 2. What do you think flashed across the big screen? Yep! Johnny Depp in The Lone Ranger. We both agreed that, that movie was on our list of must sees. Although that lucky little bugger went to see The Lone Ranger with my sister when they were in New Hampshire, on their road-trip tour of the New England States. Only that kid! When I asked him if he liked the movie, he said “Umm good.” At least that’s as much enthusiasm I get from him for anything other than Legos. So it must been pretty good.
Kyle likes the roles Johnny Depp plays. As do I, but I also have grown up with him on the big screen. Once I saw an interview, well let’s face it I’ve seen many interviews involving Johnny Depp over the years, but this one brought a smile to my face. Pretty recently he was talking about his kids. He said he loved taking his son Jack to school, but his son was not happy about the arrangement. I had the same situation with Kyle. Kyle would let me drop him off, but I was no longer allowed to walk him inside and certainly not to his classroom. Forget about giving me a hug and Lord forbid a smooch on the cheek! Johnny Depp had the same situation. That entire conversation cracked me up! It brought Johnny Depp out of the spotlight and into common reality. During the interview, he was not a superstar celebrity but a dad who enjoyed hanging out and being a part of his kids’ life. It was refreshing!
His little boy Jack had no idea who his dad is and he certainly had no idea who his dad is to the rest of the world. Makes you realize that you never truly know what you have. Instead of showing off his dad or really playing up the hype, Jack was pushing him away like any other child of his age.
I read another story on how Johnny’s daughter was really sick and in the hospital. To repay the facility and those who took care of her, besides donating a million dollars to the hospital, he also visited the sick kids. Not as Johnny Depp, but as Captain Jack Sparrow! He spent most of the day walking around and reading to the kids as the famous captain himself. Too cool! What a way to give back!
Funny story. Once, years ago when I had Kyle up to the Foggy Goggle at Seven Springs Ski Resort while snowboarding, we passed by a larger than human sized Captain Morgan statue. Kyle turned to me and pointed saying, “Look Aiya, Captain Jack Sparrow!” Too cute and too funny. I just encouraged his thought. Besides, he doesn’t need to know about the Captain Morgan Rum Pirate, at least not yet.
Maybe one day Kyle and I would be able to meet this intriguing actor, whom we both are fans. More than that, I’m just hoping Johnny Depp keeps his nose clean, at least in the eyes of the news. I would hate for Kyle to be disappointed by the actions of someone he admires.