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Hollywood Stars | Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp responds to Hunter S. Thompson’s criticisms about Johnny’s test photos as Raoul Duke. Hunter told him that the way he was standing was wrong, his ears were wrong, the eyes were wrong, the glasses were wrong, and that nothing was right. Johnny sent the above fax and this letter back:

July 29, 1997


Please know that I am not in any way number one, trying to make an ass of you in the film; number two, turn you into some over-the-top caricature; number three, fuck you over in some kind of cartoon-y way; number four, treat this material like an episode of The Red Skeleton Show; or number five, disappoint you or anything close to any of these things.

I am doing my best to combine pieces of you; the you of today that I’ve gotten to know, the you that I’ve studied from some older video material, and the character from the book, Raoul Duke.

We are at the beginning of this hideous ride and things are just starting to take shape – only starting. So don’t freak out. Give it and me a chance. The wardrobe is not where it needs to be yet and I want your help with it. Fuckin’ eh. Understand that I am not a scumbag, and that all I want outta this thing is for you to proud of the work and the film. Nobody’s getting fucking rich here, believe me. I am an actor and can only do what I can do. I am not, and cannot be you, but I can come pretty fucking close, and will. This is MY work. If you remember back about a year or so ago, I asked you if you were sure that I should be the actor to play you in the film. Your reply was ‘Yes.’ Well, it was at that point that I told you that if I was able to do it properly, and did a remotely good or accurate portrayal, that you most likely would hate me for the rest of your life. That is the risk I run here and okay fine, I’ll deal with that. But don’t ever think that you can throw a bunch of shit at me, and expect that I’ll eat it. You’ve got the wrong boy in this case. I respect, and admire you greatly, and hold our friendship in very high regard. But don’t treat me as if I were a weaker animal, because I will surprise you. Your work is yours, my work is mine. We need to remember that.

Call, or write, or not.

Yours in love and war,

The Colonel (x)


Johnny Depp as Raoul Duke (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, 1998)

“There he goes. One of God’s own prototypes. A high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.”


Johnny Depp Most Eccentric Roles 

Cry-Baby Cry-Baby by John Waters, 1990

Edward Scissorhands Edward Scissorhands by Tim Burton, 1990

Ed Wood Ed Wood by Tim Burton, 1994

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Raoul Duke by Terry Gilliam, 1998

Pirates of the Caribbean Jack Sparrow by Gore Verbinski, 2003 - 2017

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Willy Wonka by Tim Burton, 2005

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Sweeny Todd by Tim Burton, 2007

Alice in Wonderland Mad Matter by James Bobbin, 2010 - 2016

Dark Shadows Barnabas Collins by Tim Burton, 2012

Honorable Mentions 

Nightmare on Elm Street, 1984

21 Jump Street, 1987 - 1990

Benny & Joon, 1993

Sleepy Hollow, 1999

Blow, 2001

Once Upon a Time in Mexico, 2003

The Libertine, 2004