My Favourite Five: Johnny Depp Character Transformations

There are those actors who give the same style performance playing pretty much the same character each time (with a change of accent or costume) and then there are those who really transform for a role and give it everything. Here are five times Johnny Depp has proven he can adapt and deliver the goods with appearance, body language and voice.

5.) SWEENEY TODD
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

English accent, strong singing voice, brooding stares, anger and well controlled expressions make for a likeable if not entertaining character. Plus he pulls off the pale skin and bride of Frankenstein type hair quite well.

4.) WILLY WONKA
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

A rather creepy and socially awkward Willy Wonka you wouldn’t want to leave your children with for too long.

3.) MAD HATTER
Alice in Wonderland (2010)

I didn’t really know what to make of this character. He definitely comes across as mad (in the sense that he is both at war with himself and not quite all there) but also has a child-like sense of hope and innocence.

2.) CAPTAIN JACK SPARROW
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

The speech, mannerisms, and whole Jack Sparrow persona is put together so well. I find watching his motivations and progression through the Pirates franchise quite fascinating and, of course, entertaining. Devious, cheeky, comically animated and sentimental he really has a lot going on. Therefore, Captain Jack Sparrow makes it to number 2 on my list.

1.) EDWARD SCISSORHANDS
Edward Scissorhands (1990)

I remember not long after watching this movie I saw an interview or behind the scenes footage where they interviewed Johnny Depp about the character. I couldn’t believe it was the same guy. Definitely a memorable transformation.

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