Depp: Disney Hated 'Gay' Jack Sparrow

Plus, he really likes The Tourist co-star Angelina Jolie
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 30, 2010 9:30 AM CST
Depp: Disney Hated 'Gay' Jack Sparrow
In this magazine cover image released by Vanity Fair, actor Johnny Depp is shown on the cover of the January 2011 issue of "Vanity Fair."   (AP Photo/Vanity Fair)

Patti Smith interviews Johnny Depp in the latest Vanity Fair, talking everything from Angelina Jolie to Jack Sparrow. Highlights:

  • On Angie: “You don’t know what she might be like—if she has any sense of humor at all,” he says of his The Tourist co-star. “I was so pleased to find that she is incredibly normal, and has a wonderfully kind of dark, perverse sense of humor.”
  • On Elizabeth Taylor: “You sit down with her, she slings hash, she sits there and cusses like a sailor, and she’s hilarious,” he says, adding that “Angie’s got the same kind of thing, you know, the same approach.”

  • On Disney’s reaction to Captain Jack Sparrow: “They couldn’t stand him. They just couldn’t stand him," he says, going on to describe "upper-echelon Disney-ites, going, 'What’s wrong with him? Is he, you know, like some kind of weird simpleton? Is he drunk? By the way, is he gay?' And so I actually told this woman who was the Disney-ite, ‘But didn’t you know that all my characters are gay?’”
  • On his almost-career in music: “Going into acting was an odd deviation from a particular road that I was on in my late teens, early 20s, because I had no desire, no interest, really, in it at all. I was a musician and I was a guitarist, and that’s what I wanted to do.”
For more Johnny, including his next sure-to-be-wacky role, click here. (More Johnny Depp stories.)

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