MCM: Johnny Depp


One of our favorite goth boys, it’s time for a Johnny Depp Man Candy Monday. Trystan reporting in here, and Johnny fits my MCM requirements because I like ’em moody, dark, and weird (and in historical costume, natch). Depp hasn’t done that many frock flicks, but he’s done a few extremely pretty ones here and there. Here are the ones I remember most fondly.


Don Juan in Don Juan DeMarco (1994)

Don Juan DeMarco (1994)

A modern movie where Depp plays a deranged (but sweet!) guy who imagines he’s the fictional lothario Don Juan from ye olden times.

Don Juan DeMarco (1994)

Sure, it’s a little romance-novel-cover-y, but I’m not complaining!


Ed Wood in Ed Wood (1994)

Ed Wood (1994)

Super weird and funny, with bonus cross-dressing! Totally my kind of movie (doesn’t hurt that it’s directed by Tim Burton with costumes by Colleen Atwood).

Ed Wood (1994)

I admire a man who can rock an angora sweater.


Ichabod Crane in Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Another Tim Burton / Colleen Atwood / Johnny Depp combo. Here, Depp’s character is a little skittish, a little wacky, but he looks really good and he saves the day. I’m sold.

Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Hair. Over. The. Eyes. I’ll be in my bunk.


Inspector Frederick Abberline in From Hell (2001)

From Hell (2001)

A pretty bad horror flick, saved only by a sexy gritty Victorian Johnny Depp addicted to opium.

From Hell (2001)

Anyone want to get all strung out on laudanum and roll around with him? Just me then?


Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean series (2003-)

Pirates of the Caribbean series (2003-)

We’re all really tired of Jack Sparrow now, but at first, it was a genius idea to play the pirate as Keith Richards and irritating the hell out of the Disney execs (‘is he drunk or gay?’). If they had only stopped at the one movie!


Sir James Matthew Barrie in Finding Neverland (2004)

Finding Neverland (2004)

As the writer of Peter Pan, Depp is amazingly sweet and wistful, paired with Kate Winslet.


John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, in The Libertine (2004)

The Libertine (2004)

Dark, broody, debauched — I would have loved the shit out of this movie when I was 20.


Sweeney Todd in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

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

So. Very. Hawt. It’s the white streak in the hair, for sure.

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

Even psychopaths have their soft side.


Barnabas Collins in Dark Shadows (2012)

Dark Shadows (2012)

As a fan of the original TV show, I had issues with this remake, but Johnny Depp was not a problem.



He’s been in others, so what’s your favorite of Johnny Depp’s historical costume movie roles?


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Trystan L. Bass

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A self-described ElderGoth, Trystan has been haunting the internet since the early 1990s. Always passionate about costume, from everyday office wear to outrageous twisted historical creations, she has maintained some of the earliest online costuming-focused resources on the web. Her costuming adventures are chronicled on her website, TrystanCraft. She also ran a popular fashion blog, This Is CorpGoth, dedicated to her “office drag.”

10 Responses

  1. GinaP

    Chocolat! I know, the costumes aren’t very interesting, but he is so good as the traveling gypsy who returns with the warm wind from the South. And The Man Who Cried, loved how to he handle those horses.

  2. Regina

    None anymore, I used to like him, but after hearing about him beating his wife I can no longer stand him:/

    • Lady Hermina De Pagan

      Normally I am all for the victim in these cases. However, I have heard from people who know the family directly, that Amber Heard was making things up. Apparently in CA, they are a community property state so the marital assets are automaticly divided in half, except in cases of domestic violence. If you claim abuse and the judge believes it, they can award up to 100% of the marital assets to the injured party.
      In the Depp/Heard case she made the claims as part of the strategy to get the best settlement possible and invalidate the standing pre-nup. I also find it suspect that both his former wife and Winnona Ryder have come out in support saying he was never physical with them.

      • Regina

        You do know that she gave all her money from the divorce settlement to charity right?
        And I guess she just walked into a door as well?
        Just because he didn’t hit them, does not mean Amber lied.

  3. Tabitha

    The Libertine…there’s a Johnny Depp movie I haven’t seen?! With historical costumes? Well I know what i will be doing after the kiddo is in bed, haha.

  4. ladylavinia1932

    We’re all really tired of Jack Sparrow now, but at first, it was a genius idea to play the pirate as Keith Richards and irritating the hell out of the Disney execs (‘is he drunk or gay?’). If they had only stopped at the one movie!

    One movie? Heaven forbid! Disney should have stopped after the third film.

  5. SarahV

    Would it be so very wrong if I wanted my fiance to do the whole Sweeney Todd thing, replete with wave of white forelock, at our wedding?

    I have no intention of dresssing as a bride in the mode of Mrs Lovett, mind you, but I figure if I can be civil to his mother, he owes me *something.*