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)
A modern movie where Depp plays a deranged (but sweet!) guy who imagines he’s the fictional lothario Don Juan from ye olden times.
Ed Wood in Ed Wood (1994)
Ichabod Crane in 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.
Inspector Frederick Abberline in From Hell (2001)
A pretty bad horror flick, saved only by a sexy gritty Victorian Johnny Depp addicted to opium.
Jack Sparrow in the 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)
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)
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)
So. Very. Hawt. It’s the white streak in the hair, for sure.
Barnabas Collins in 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?