Saturday, May 7, 2011

Johnny Depp in Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly's website has interviewed Johnny Depp about his upcoming role as Barnabas Collins in the new Dark Shadows movie, which is set to being filming later this month: "I do remember, very vividly, practically sprinting home from school in the afternoon to see Jonathan Frid play Barnabas Collins," says Johnny. "Even then, at that age, I knew – this has got to be weird... I loved it. I loved the show."

The work of original Barnabas actor Jonathan Frid was a huge influence on the young Depp, which he plans to incorporate into his performance: "As na├»ve as the early, early episodes are, in his approach to Barnabas, Frid was such a striking presence, there's definitely a sliver of him [in this interpretation]. What I'd like to do with him is maybe stretch him out a bit — in the extreme. Just ever-so-slightly take him a little further, beyond what may be considered… corny." He goes to explain: "I've always sort of liked that. The idea that maybe you've got to go through bad acting to get to what may be really bad acting or — something interesting."

To read the full interview, click here.


Anonymous said...

Just more of Johnny's weird brand of publicity--all a part of the media machine building up to the film. He is always offhandedly vague and bizarre anyway. He never directly answers a question or makes a completely satisfying statement. You just end up going "Huh??? WTF is he talking about?" LOL!

Barnalust said...

Cheese whiz, Johnny... What's all this talk of "corny", anyway? I never considered the show as corny--that was "Hee-Haw's" domain. Instead, it was seriously sophisticated, daring even, for its day. Do you think just "a sliver" of Jonathan Frid's performance will be enough to hold our attention? I have a feeling that sly Mr. Depp is purposely playing with our minds by throwing out these statements. Tracy, I believe you are on to something with your remarks. This, indeed, seems typical of the publicity surrounding this venture. Like the best dialog in "Dark Shadows" itself, the information being given by Depp, et al, tends to be fog-enshrouded. What a mystery in the making.