Disney couldn’t stand Johnny Depp’s gayness

Johnny Depp is in the January issue of Vanity Fair and talks about how he avoided any rumors of an Angelina Jolie hook-up and Disney’s worry over his gay Captain Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean. From Popeater:

On meeting Angelina: “Meeting her and getting to know her was a real pleasant surprise,” Depp reveals about Jolie, his co-star in ‘The Tourist.’ “You don’t know what she might be like–if she has any sense of humor at all. I was so pleased to find that she is incredibly normal, and has a wonderfully kind of dark, perverse sense of humor.”

On avoiding the paparazzi while filming with Jolie: “[Always] having to hide, sometimes not even being able to talk to each other in public because someone will take a photograph and it will be misconstrued and turned into some other sh–.”

On Disney executives not liking his interpretation of Captain Sparrow: “They couldn’t stand him. They just couldn’t stand him. I think it was Michael Eisner, the head of Disney at the time, who was quoted as saying, ‘He’s ruining the movie.’

“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?’ Which really made her nervous.”

A good way to worry any Disney executive is to tell them your character is the furthest thing from a straight white male. In fact, not only is your character gay, but he’s also a tranny dressed in blackface. Before you even started putting shoe polish on your face, the Disney exec would have already have shaken their jowls and had a heart attack.

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Herman Bumfudle
13 years ago

it sounds like somebody at disney was trying to get johnny in bed!