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Johnny Depp Shares his Thoughts on Wes Craven

Johnny Depp was at the Toronto International Film Festival promoting his upcoming gangster film Black Mass the other day and did a rare public Q&A. During that time, he was asked by a fan for his thoughts on the passing of Wes Craven, who passed away a few weeks ago at the age of 76 due to brain cancer.

Depp’s reply, courtesy of Variety:

Wes Craven was the guy who gave me my start, from my perspective, for almost no reason in particular. I read scenes with his daughter when I auditioned for the part. At the time, I was a musician. I wasn’t really acting. It was not anything very near to my brain or my heart, which is pretty much how it remains to this day.

But Wes Craven was brave enough to give me the gig based on his daughter’s opinion. I guess she had read with a bunch of actors, and after the casting sessions, she said, ‘No, that’s the guy.’ I always think of her for putting me in this mess, and certainly Wes Craven for being very brave to give me this gig. But he was a good man — so rest in peace, old Wes.

Depp played “Glen Lantz”, Nancy’s boyfriend in A Nightmare on Elm Street, which was his first acting role. His death is considered to be one of the most memorable Freddy kills in the entire franchise.



  • Lucky Alexander

    If Johnny hadn’t shunned the ‘Hollywood Hunk’roles when he did, we’d all be saying, “What ever happened to Johnny Depp?” Instead, we have 31 years of wonderful films to see and talk about.

    • wehoaks

      Hi Johnny’s mom!

      • Lucky Alexander

        I should be so lucky! LOL!!!

      • Roberto Ciamora

        It’s a shame people associate Common sense and logic with having to be a member of his family. Lucky is right, if he hadn’t of moved on to bullshit like “Pirates” he’d be a has been by now. I still remember when Sleep Hollow came out, Depp was being interviewed by MTV and made a sarcastic joke about how the world must be coming to an end because he finally did a movie that made money……

        • wehoaks

          Johnny Depp is one of the most overrated actors of all time.

          • Roberto Ciamora

            Even more to the point of how wise he was to go the directions he went. He’s taken very little and gotten a whole lot out of it.

          • wehoaks

            Meh. Our opinions differ.

          • Jory Al-o

            Not really. He’s earned his place.

          • wehoaks

            No, his eyeliner has earned its place.

  • Halloween_Vic

    Johnny Depp is a fucking amazing actor!!!!! R.I.P Wes!!!

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  • Jonathan Larsson

    I still think Johnny would make a wicked new Freddy.

    • TrackRecord162

      Imagine that.

  • Jory Al-o

    Johnny is such a legend.

  • THGrimm

    Wow, I don’t know how I feel about Johnny Depp after, “It was not anything very near to my brain or my heart, which is pretty much how it remains to this day.” – I know being a musician is his first love from everything I’ve read about him, but seriously? After years of doing it and being able to do what so many aspire to do and you’re blasé about? I’ll take your roles, Johnny.

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