Knee to knee: sorry but this would either electrocute or melt me into oblivion -- or both. And -- I think there are truckloads of endless kind words about Johnny, enough to bury those very very few who say otherwise.
With regards to Pirates, you’ve worked with Johnny Depp on numerous projects. What is it about him that makes your collaboration such a lasting one? He’s a fan of transformational makeup. He takes chances that not a lot of people take, as far as changing his appearance to fully become a character. I really appreciate that. He speaks the language of makeup, so at this point, we have a shorthand. I know what he means when he throws out makeup phrases, and I can hopefully tackle them in the lab and then apply the finished pieces to him in the way he was thinking. It’s that, more than anything else — he changes himself. He uses all the tricks of filmmaking — be it props, hair, makeup, wardrobe, environment, whatever it is — to fully become a character.
A lot of the time, it’s risky. But without risk, there’s no real payoff.
Alex, who has worked with Billy Connolly, Dudley Moore, Rowan Atkinson, Johnny Depp and Clint Eastwood, says while the show is not solely about “the big names”, he does share a few good stories.
“I met Johnny Depp at the premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean and thought, ‘damn, you’re the most handsome man I’ve ever seen!’ He was just exquisite! And he really looks like Johnny Depp the movie star.”
I don't know, I met Depp and I thought he looked just like my cousin. Now, this probably sounds terrible, but it wasn't that he was bad. Not at all. But more than anything he looked like a person. I think I was expecting an idol, a god.
So, there he is. I am in front of him. I am short. My daughter took the pix. Just like a nice guy cousin, right
I have some nice looking cousins -- but not Johnny level. I think if you met him in his finest tight-fitting suit (public enemies premiere Chicago, line ranger L.A.), you might notice he's on a different level.