JOHNNY DEPP - in the 80's

Before He Was REALLY Famous...

**disclaimer. Since I have recently been told that my hub is featured on some Johnny Depp forum where a lot of "young" fans seem to frequent, I decided to write something here. I will not publish comments from people who do not know WHO I am or seem to think this is not true. This hub is taken from my experiences with Johnny many years ago in the late 80's. Although some of the details may not be completely "spot on," I can assure you that this article is TRUE. I understand that most people or fans would not like it. But as you can see by the comments below, people find it interesting. I am writing from my real experiences. I am NOT a fan.

The Story Begins...........

I spent many days and nights with Johnny Depp in the late 80's. Instead of going into "outrageous" stories about things he did with me present, I thought I would give readers a "glimpse" into the real person beneath the film star in today's movies.

Without going into detail about "how I know him," I will give you tidbits about the old days and some of the stuff that happened in the beginning of his career. Nicolas Cage was the one who started his career and Johnny was living in his car with his bestfriend selling pens "way back when." When I met him he had only done one film (Elm Street) and he was really kind and called me by my private nickname often. He hated giving out his phone number to anyone even when he was not famous and he often changed his number to mess with people. He used to check into hotels under weird names and he was really not very good with women.

He really had a great sense of humor and loved to joke around and do some very strange things. I will stop there for now.

He adored his mother and bought her a house near by where he was acting in another country. When I saw his picture on the wall of him in Grade school I could not believe what a gorgeous kid he was. He looked like he was famous even then and he had lighter hair. He hated doing laundry and he used to have piles of dirty clothes in his hotel room. He often went out to buy new stuff instead of cleaning the "old stuff." Now I know this is not the best "visual" but I'm still keeping this funny and fair and still trying to indulge you. I never had a drink until he gave me one and it was one of the best alcoholic drinks ever. He had prepared it in three different colors layered on top and I could not believe how great it looked and tasted!

When we hung out in Miami for a few weeks, he took me to his favorite vintage antique clothing store where they hid little trinkets and "treasures" in the pockets of the clothing and I was there when he refused to show up for a press conference. I was also there when a young fan made a beeline for him from down the block and hyperventilated so badly that she passed out in front of us. We were going to dinner with friends and family and Johnny's mom was so concerned for the young girl that we waited until an ambulance came.

I really feel that Johnny was not comfortable in front of the camera in the old days and hated the attention. He used to talk of going to Italy and finding a girl who did not speak English and does not know who he is. Jennifer Grey once gave him a photo of her foot wrapped with a rose as a present. Let's leave that one there. I also hung with him when he was with Winona Ryder and that relationship was a weird one, let me tell you!

The main thing is that he always wanted to be a successful musician but as his acting career grew, agents and the "higher ups" squashed his music career. I heard a few of his tracks that he recorded at a friends studio many years ago and it was pretty good. I do feel that he got his sense of humor in his comedy roles from another actor who hung out with him in the beginning. It's ok to take stuff from people who you admire, but he did copy a lot from this particular entertainer and learned a lot from him.

Overall I liked Johnny a lot and still do (he has not changed much) and there is much more stuff I could talk about, but I wanted to give a little something to show "the beginning." As time goes by, I may decide to share more but for now I think this is a good appetizer!

In the begining he was not a very good actor but over time he has grown into a fantastic talent, but I will never forget the scared little boy who hid in the hotel room from press, threw little firecrackers with gunpowder outside the door and refused to move from his bed.

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prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

thanks for reviewing Captain Jack Sparrows....Johnny Deep I mean. I like him from I was a kid. Do you remember the 21 Jump street. This is the first movie that I saw abut him. The story about young cops. great hub. It's kind of memorizing.

GPAGE 7 years ago

Yes, I do remember that show! ha


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kartika damon 7 years ago from Fairfield, Iowa

This was fun to read! My son's girlfriend is a friend of Johnny's - they both live in LA so I've also heard some stories. One thing I can say is the guy can act - I adored him in What's Eating Gilbert Grape! He is also very handsome! Kartika

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GPAGE 7 years ago from California Author

There are so many stories!!!! He is very talented......thanks for stopping by kartika! Best, GPAGE

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loua 7 years ago from Elsewhere, visiting Earth ~ the segregated community planet

I like his work; and I like your style... Keep communicating...

Happy Holidays,


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bat115 7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Good hub. He was a nice guy. He tried to buy my uncles Motorcycle one time. This was back in 1988.

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GPAGE 7 years ago from California Author

hey bat115! Johnny is a really nice guy and I have no doubt he will never change....I ran into him a while back and it was as if we had seen eachother yesterday......Best, GPAGE

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bat115 7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

nice to hear! someday, I hope he will appear in something of my own writing.

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GPAGE 7 years ago from California Author

thanx for stoppin in here bat115! GPAGE

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Mike's Corner 6 years ago from Maryland

Great inside glimpse into the young J.D. . .. as a fan, to me he has always been the epitome of cool. I've always loved his choice of quirky roles and humility.

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GPAGE 6 years ago from California Author

Thanks Mike...He is a really cool guy. Spent a lot of time with him. Ahhhh memories! Best, GPAGE

Ana 4 years ago

Thanks for sharing your stories. You mentioned that Johnny was not good with women. Do you mean in regard to the way he treated women or just his experience in the bedroom? Was he shy and insecure around the ladies?

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GPAGE 4 years ago from California Author

Ana: What I meant is that he was not good at dealing with women. He also was very shy. Actually his mother is the one who told me this. He seemed to have very complicated romantic relationships. But he was a very sweet and kind person. He was very good to me and I really liked him as a person. G

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randslam 4 years ago from Kelowna, British Columbia

I recently watched a Johnny Depp interview and he hasn't changed. He's still the shy geek who enjoys life and has very eclectic tastes...his last movie, Dark Shadows, was so cute--I enjoyed the entire film's quirkiness.

Johnny will be remembered as one of the great acting stars of our era as time continues to march forward. Thanks for giving me a little insight into the early years of Johnny...what a great thing/ be friends with the Deppster before he was famous.

Thanks again, G...voted up, up and away...and interesting, useful, beautiful...etc.

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GPAGE 4 years ago from California Author

randslam......Thank you so much for your lovely comment. It is really nice to see someone leave a comment that is so "positive" here. I'm glad that you understand that I was just giving people a "glimpse" of Johnny's beginnings......I wish him a very successful and happy life. I ran into him a while ago and he was as kind as he always was.....Best, GPAGE

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randslam 4 years ago from Kelowna, British Columbia

Yup...he's a good being famous.

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trusouldj 4 years ago from Indiana

I just bought a 21 episode best of 21 Jumpstreet ... Nothing like Johnny Depp as "Tommy Hanson".

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GPAGE 4 years ago from California Author

Yes. True, but believe it or not the original pilot that was shot had another actor playing that role, so even after more then a million $ budget, they replaced him with Johnny. I guess it was in the stars! Spent many great times with Mr. Depp in the early days. Great memories for sure!.....


diaz 4 years ago

thankyou so much for sharing this ... you are really lucky , you got to be with him in person , he is my fav actor and the only actor whom i would bow down to with full respect and admiration , i loved him and winona ryder as a couple i wish you could tell a bit more about them... but anyways thankyou so much for writing this awesome sneak peek into the real johnny depp

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GPAGE 4 years ago from California Author

You welcome Diaz! Thanx for stopping by! I'm glad you enjoyed this and also nice to know how much you like Johnny! He was one of those people who was meant to be where he is at today, but the only thing I know he would have wanted more was a music career. He still plays once in a while and has famous music friends, but when his acting career took off, his agents put the music "on a shelf." Meaning they did not want to distract from his acting career.....I'm sure he will surprise more in the future! Best, GPAGE

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