I naturally gravitate to people that can play a plethora of characters and do it flawlessly. Dustin Hoffman is #1 in my book for acting abilities. He can be a magical toy store owner, a pirate captain and a young adult with autism – all with the same believability.
My other favorite actor is Liam Neeson. From a Jedi Master, to the caring parent of a love sick young boy I enjoy almost all of his films.
Recently Johnny Depp spoke with Vanity Fair about his many obtuse roles. I am personally amazed at his talent. I dare say there is not a role he cannot play successfully. From my fandom of him I have learned that he prefers the odder roles and would rather not play a love interest. His goal is not to be the sexiest man in the world but to act and enjoy his roles.
In this article he told Vanity Fair that all of his alter egos are gay. This conversation started from concern from Disney higher ups that the way he acted as Jack Sparrow was too weird and one lady asked if Captain Sparrow was perhaps gay. Depp responded, “But didn’t you know that all my characters are gay?”
This makes total sense – even look at Willy Wonka, or the Mad Hatter. But I have to challenge Mr. Depp. Perhaps he was exaggerating because one of my favorite movies of his is Chocolat and that character is most certainly not gay. He plays a guitar playing gypsy that travels by water with his band of family and friends. And Depp’s character has a wonderful chemistry with the main character played by Juliette Binoche.
Take a look at this scene and tell me – straight or gay?