Scarf-less and Accent-free: 8 Times Johnny Depp Played an Ordinary Human Being
- •Glen Lantz, A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)Plenty of current A-listers did their time in the Hollywood horror trenches, dutifully serving as machete and chainsaw fodder. Depp may be the only one of them, however, who seems to have spent the remainder of his career trying to out-weird the homicidal maniac who first butchered him on-screen.
- •Frank Tupelo, The Tourist (2010)The movie’s big twist ending doesn’t really cancel out the pleasure of watching Depp keep it simple as an ordinary man in exceedingly cartoonish circumstances.
- •Officer Tom Hanson, 21 Jump Street (1987-1990)Johnny Depp landed his first leading role when he was just a fresh-faced 23-year-old, though it wasn’t much of a stretch for the young actor, whose baby face was key to landing the part.
- •Gene Watson, Nick Of Time (1995)In the real-time thriller, Depp plays regular dad Gene Watson—even the name is boring—who’s placed in extreme circumstances (thanks to a typically crazy Christopher Walken).
- •Donnie Brasco, Donnie Brasco (1997)Though he makes for a great undercover agent, Depp is pretty down to earth throughout the film, perhaps because the character he played is based on a real-life FBI agent.
- •William Blake, Dead Man (1995)Depp plays a meek audience surrogate in Jim Jarmusch’s funny, post-modern vision of the American West.
- •Gilbert Grape, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)As a twentysomething grocery-store clerk taking care of his family, Depp (for once) plays the most normal, well-adjusted character in a movie.
- •The Stranger, Happily Ever After (2004)In just two low-key scenes, Depp plays a bumbling, handsome American expat in France.