every time johnny depp plays the villain

Johnny Depp's filmography is long and filled with colorful characters, including famous villains who have him flexing different acting muscles.

Johnny Depp recently finished filming The Favourite, a French film about Louis XV in which Depp plays the titular king. It will be released in French theaters by Netflix in 2023 and will be available on streaming thereafter.

Louis XV of France was king whose profligacy and decadence laid the groundwork for the French Revolution during his son's reign. He may be the hero of the movie, but he's definitely not the hero. Depp often plays the hero, or at least tries to play the hero, but there are also instances in this long oeuvre of him playing the villain.

11/11 Black Mass (2015)

Whitey Bulger

Black Mass is a biographical drama about Boston gangster Whitey Bulger, starring Johnny Depp. Bulger leads the Winter Hill Gang, using his informant relationship with the FBI to gain overall control of the city's criminal activities.

Depp's role as the deranged, murderous psychopath is frightening. His bald head and light makeup make him almost ghostly, and his quiet, hissing voice unnerves everyone around him. There's no better scene to show this than the dinner scene where Depp plays with his hosts, accusing them of spilling the beans before delegating power into laughter.

10/11 The Astronaut's Wife (1999)

Commander Spencer Armacost

Johnny Depp and Charlize Theron play a married couple in the science fiction drama The Astronaut's Wife. After Depp's Commander Spencer Armacost returned from a space mission, his wife noticed a change in his personality.

Armacost becomes increasingly aggressive, with Depp deftly switching between charming and insidious as he threatens Theron. He kills multiple people throughout the movie, only to discover at the end that the alien creature possesses the Armacost.

9/11 Blow (2001)

George Jung

George Jung may have been Blow's protagonist, but his career choices, as well as his personal failures, meant that despite all the appeal Johnny Depp brought to the role, Jung remained the film's obvious villain. Blow tells the true story of one of the top drug dealers of the Medellin Cartel.

For most of the film, Johnny Depp plays Jung as an adventurous daredevil, hoping to have fun, make money, and take care of his family along the way. But those three goals prove incompatible, and the final section of the film that sees him imprisoned and alienated is sobering.

8/11 Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

Edward Ratchett

Johnny Depp appeared only briefly in the world-renowned Agatha Christie adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express, But as the mystery unfolds, it becomes clear that Edward Ratchett is a despicable character. Depp's ambulance is the movie's titular murder, and he dies after a day on the train.

Detective Hercule Poirot discovers that Edward Ratchett was not the victim's name. Instead, it was just a pseudonym, John Cassetti was his real name, and the killer who kidnapped and killed a young girl was connected to everyone on the train. While Depp was long gone by the time this was discovered, it made it all the more interesting to rewatch Depp in the role.

7/11 Transcendence (2014)

Will Caster

Beyond is a high-concept sci-fi thriller about a group of scientists who create a doomsday virus to save it. Johnny Depp stars as Will Caster, a scientist who dies early in the film but is reborn as a superintelligent artificial intelligence. able to control humans.

While Caster is not outright evil, the computer's desire for order and saving the world leads it to create a scenario where he can control the world and prevent the destruction of its environment. Depp switches effortlessly between emotional man and cold machine.

6/11 Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

Captain Jack Sparrow

Captain Jack Sparrow is not a classic villain, he is probably the central hero of most games Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, but in the first film, The Curse of the Black Pearl, Sparrow leaned more on the side of the villainous pirates. Viewers may forget some of his more vicious acts.

He captures Elizabeth Swann and redeems her for his escape, nearly kills Will Turner in a sword fight, and pits undead pirates and the Royal Navy against each other so he can try his hand at the treasure . He may be a hero rather than a villain, but the first film showed his pirate side, and Johnny Depp's acting work makes this one of his best.

5/11 Secret Window (2004)

Morton Rainey

Secret Window is based on Stephen King's novella Secret Window, Secret Garden, starring Johnny Depp as the main character, Morton "Mort" Rainey. Mott is a struggling writer who is stalked by a maniac who claims he's been plagiarized.

The descent into madness and terror is well played by the veteran actor, and when it's revealed that Mort and his stalker are one and the same, Depp easily slips into the role of the killer. The movie is held back by Depp's believable confusion and inner anger.

4/11 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

Sweeney Todd

Just look at Sweeney's title Todd knows who the villains are. The demonic barber of Fleet Street leaves no room for interpretation, and Johnny Depp's portrayal of the barber is both seductive and creepy.

Depp deftly plays the role of the slighted man who takes revenge on all who come into his barber shop. His interaction with Helena Bonham Carter's character is multi-layered, as he pretends to enjoy controlling her. And Depp also sang for the dark musical himself.

3/11 Public Enemies (2009)

John Dillinger

Michael Mann biopic Public Enemy follows the real-life John Dillinger, starring Johnny Depp and including Christian Bale, Marion Cotillard and Billy Crudup in starring an all-star cast. Depp plays Dillinger, the charismatic Public Enemy #1 he's been known for years.

Depp did not make the famous outlaw a legendary character. Instead, he keeps him inside and serious, even aloof, which is more believable for a murderous thief and a risk for Depp, who manages to maintain stardom without any Show off antics.

2/11 Into the Woods (2014)

The Big Bad Wolf

In the 2014 musical Into the Woods, based on the 1986 Broadway musical, Johnny Depp begins singing and decking himself out in makeup and wild costumes. It's a perfect marriage for two people his favorite things. As the wolf, Depp encounters Little Red Riding Hood and tries to lead her off the road.

His song "Hello, Little Girl" is sung with Lila Crawford, who plays Red Riding Hood. He does an admirable job physically and bestially, while never straining to sing.

1/11 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)

Gellert Grindelwald

All three actors played Gellert Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beasts series, while Johnny Depp played the role in the second film, The Crimes of Grindelwald. To the audience's surprise, he appeared near the end of the first film, replacing Colin Farrell.

Depp's Grindelwald is a multifaceted villain who is not evil for evil's sake. He had witnessed the Muggle conquest of wizards and wanted to reverse this world order. He's sadistic and violent, but he can also be very charming and convincing, and Depp can blend both sides of the character in his performance.

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