The actor recounts a discussion with Disney execs where he jokingly said all the characters he plays are gay!
Johnny Depp may be one of Hollywood’s greatest actors, but even he has to defend the way he portrays the characters he takes on! In the January issue of Vanity Fair Johnny talks about concerns Disney producers had with his characterization of Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean saying they asked, “Is he drunk? By the way, is he gay?” Johnny’s response: “didn’t you know that all my characters are gay.”
Johnny clearly made the right choice, as the Pirates films are now a multibillion dollar franchise, but it was clearly an uphill battle! “They couldn’t stand him. They just couldn’t stand him,” says Johnny of Captain Jack. “I think it was Michael Eisner, the head of Disney at the time, who was quoted as saying, ‘He’s ruining the movie.’”
It sounds like everyone at Disney owes Johnny a huge apology — and thank you!