Johnny Depp has had a career spanning over 30 years, and during that time he has played a wide variety of eccentric roles. This is in part due to his longstanding partnership with eccentric director Tim Burton, which has seen him embody characters as diverse as Willy Wonka and Sweeney Todd, and in part due to the fact that he has always followed the rhythm of his own drum.
He is a master of his craft, and a very interesting person to boot, but he has a troubled history with fame. There is no shortage of tall tales about Depp that fail to provide a full picture. After all this time in the spotlight, there’s still a lot that hasn’t been covered. We dug into those rumours to reveal the real Johnny Depp to you.
Untold Truth About Johnny Depp
His Financial Situation Has Been Difficult
It comes as a surprise to learn that Johnny Depp has struggled financially, given his net worth of $50 million to $60 million and the estimated $650 million he has made in his career.
According to a 2017 article in The Hollywood Reporter, the actor’s business manager recounts a 2012 conversation in which two advisers had to explain to Depp that his income was covering the costs of his lavish lifestyle, including his $3.6 million annual salary for his personal staff and the millions more he spent on art, jewellery, wine, and property. Despite agreeing to sell his yacht in 2017, Depp dismissed his two counsellors.
He Loves Being Among Children
Norton asked Depp, in an emotional interview, what it was like to offer the gift of Jack Sparrow to youngsters. During their conversation, Depp discussed his own troubles with his sick kid and told Norton that he was the one who truly benefited from their visits since “bring a smile or a giggle was everything.”
In July 2015, Depp spent three hours at the Lady Cliento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane, Australia, with co-star Stephen Graham. After Beatrice, age 9, wrote a letter seeking piracy lessons, he went to London’s Greenwich School to give them. Depp seems to have a deep connection to his Captain Jack character and to the young people who identify with him.
He’s a Member of All Star Band
After being born in Owensboro, Kentucky, Depp relocated with his family to Miramar, Florida, where he grew up. His band, the Kids, had some success there until he moved to Los Angeles in 1983 to pursue an acting career. Depp dropped out of high school to pursue a music career with the glam band Rock City Angels; once the band broke up, he moved to acting, but he never lost his passion for music.
Afterward, Depp and Gibby Haynes, the lead singer of the Butthole Surfers, formed the band P. Despite the short-lived nature of the band, he has continued to be musically active, most recently playing with Alice Cooper, Joe Perry of Aerosmith, and Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum of Guns N’ Roses in a band named the Hollywood Vampires.
They’ve all had near-death experiences, they all say, but Depp in particular appears grateful for the opportunity to work with his fellow actors. In 2015, an album simply titled “” was published.
He Almost Caused a Global Incident
Depp and his then-wife Amber Heard took a private jet to Australia in 2015. The couple’s two Yorkshire terriers, Pistol and Boo, came along. Unfortunately, the couple neglected to properly declare the canines to customs agents upon their arrival.
Barnaby Joyce, Australia’s agriculture minister, gave Depp and Heard 72 hours to remove their pets from the country. Joyce was quoted by CNN as saying, “Mr. Depp needs to take his dogs back to California, or we’re going to have to euthanize them.”
Both Depp and Heard hurried back to California; while Depp was not arrested, Heard was given a one-month “good behaviour” bond and freed. In the end, Heard pled guilty to knowingly providing a false or misleading document (for omitting to declare the dogs), and two counts of illegal importation of canines were dropped.
He Became Missing in the Dark Universe
Depp was supposed to be a significant part in one of those interwoven, multi-movie “universes” that have been all the rage in Hollywood ever since “Iron Man” began the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2008.
When Universal first announced their “Dark Universe,” they had grand ambitions to bring back their classic monster movie characters from the 1930s and 1940s. Films about Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, the Mummy, and the Invisible Man were all in the works at the studio.
Depp was a logical choice to portray the severely bandaged Invisible Man because he is frequently photographed with scarves thrown over his shoulders. Sadly, none of this was destined to happen. Tom Cruise’s Dark Universe entry “The Mummy,” which generated just over $80 million in North American theatres, did not exactly light the world on fire.
A True Victor
Strange things happened with Depp’s money situation. From 1999 until 2016, The Management Group handled Depp’s financial, legal, and business affairs. In January of 2017, Depp launched a lawsuit against the company and its employees, alleging that they mismanaged his money and committed fraud against him.
Depp claims that TMG stole $28 million from him and failed to pay his taxes.
TMG filed a countersuit that implied Depp had done an excellent job of mishandling his own $25 million rather than simply contesting the damages Depp had requested. The lawsuit claims that the actor owes the agency $5 million that he has refused to repay while while spending over $2 million each month on a “ultra-extravagant lifestyle.”
Counterclaims made by TMG state that they recommended Depp to cut back on his spending, which are itemised in great detail. Depp spends an average of $30,000 per month on expensive wines and the shipping thereof. In 2018, the lawsuit was resolved.