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A few months ago, to mark the release of yet another Pirates movie, we ran a piece called "Johnny Depp's Guide To Selling Out Without Anyone Noticing," pointing out that Johnny Depp, despite being a totally mainstream, A-list, mega-rich Hollywood movie star, oddly maintains an aura of indie cred. From today's news, here's an example of how he does that: in an interview in November's Vanity Fair, Depp was asked about the totally ludicrous amounts of money he made on the Pirates of the Caribbean (he's officially Hollywood's best paid actor, and has allegedly made $300 million dollars from Captain Jack Sparrow). Depp said:
"Basically, if they’re going to pay me the stupid money right now, I’m going to take it."
Step one, make it sound like you don't care. Step two, subtly suggest that it has nothing to do with you, but rather that "the man" (out of his own stupidity, not yours) just handed you some checks. And then step three, talk about a rock star:
"[A friend of Depp's] shared with Depp that their mutual buddy Keith Richards, the professed inspiration behind Captain Jack Sparrow, had 'beautiful things to say' about Depp’s singing in Sweeney Todd. 'He never told me that,' Depp says, touched..."
Oh, and also, as the photos accompanying the article (one of which is above) nicely illustrate, in addition to the whole rich-but-still-cool thing, he has apparently ceased aging.