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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

(Newser) – 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.”

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  • 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. (Read more Johnny Depp stories.)

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