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El Fuego Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-14-05 08:53 AM
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Poll question: Johnny Depp vs. Tom Cruise
I read an interview with Johnny Depp this morning, and it was such a breath of fresh air after all the Cruise antics of late. He is so genuinely intelligent, thoughtful and grounded.

If only he wasn't totally icking me out with his Michael Jackson-by-way-of-Audrey-Tautou Willy Wonka persona. :puke:

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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bridgit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-14-05 08:54 AM
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1. depp, i'm already there ~
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Spider Jerusalem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-14-05 08:54 AM
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2. Johnny Depp...
he's better looking (there's always been something oddly rodent-like in Cruise's appearance, IMO), smarter, and he can actually act.
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supernova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-14-05 08:55 AM
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3. Like there's any contest!
Here he is with a couple of fans:

http://www.jonocoleman.co.uk/jonoviewer/pixoutput/index...


And looking absolutely impeccable.

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all.of.me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-14-05 09:08 AM
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6. i am sliding off my seat looking at that picture! hubba hubba yum yum
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liss681 Donating Member (227 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-14-05 05:35 PM
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13. Yummy!
I went out with a guy that looked just like him when I was in high school... :loveya:
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Shell Beau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-14-05 08:56 AM
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4. Johnny Depp of course!
Such a talented cutie! :loveya:
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latebloomer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-14-05 09:02 AM
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5. Rabid Johnny Depp fan here!
He's an excellent actor, intelligent, has his head and heart in the right place, and is sexy enough to DIE FOR!!

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El Fuego Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-14-05 09:14 AM
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7. My sentiments exactly!
:loveya: :loveya: :loveya:

I especially loved him in "Pirates of the Caribbean." *sigh*
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latebloomer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-14-05 05:02 PM
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11. actually, I liked him better
in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" and "Benny and Joon."

But I'll take him in anything!!
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jobycom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-14-05 09:21 AM
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8. Depp, but I'm starting to think Depp is a bit overrated, and Cruise under
rated.

Early on they were often in line for the same roles. Cruise turned down Edward Scissorshands, and Depp was considered for Lestadt. They both seem to have adopted similar methods as a couple of big celebs they worked with early on. Cruise began using Paul Newman as a model (political as well as acting), while Depp learned from Marlon Brando.

I love Depp, he's very good, but his standard method of creating a character is to imitate another actor or public figure. Ed Wood was a fusion of Ronald Reagan and someone else. Jack Sparrow was Keith Richards. The more I watch him, the more I see him adapt an external persona and just wear it through the whole film. The persona is challenging, and usually fascinating to watch, but there's not often a lot of emotional variation in the character. Even in roles like Finding Neverland, where he isn't as over-the-top in his characters, he rarely displays strong emotions. He chooses roles and directors who use subtlety, rather than drama, but that often shows the talent of the director and writer more than him.

Cruise is underrated as an actor. Critics are always saying "Tom Cruise surprised me in this role. I never thought of him as that type an actor before." His characters are closer to normal people than Depp's, and he goes in for the intense emotions more than Depp. I think he's as talented, and probably a bit smarter (though Depp does a good job of appearing more intellectual, when you catch his unscripted comments, they are usually very simple, and even dumb.), but he doesn't have the artistic integrity of Depp. Cruise has several Oscar nominations, and he seems to attract Oscars and nominations for other actors, unlike Depp, who dominates in his movies.

All in all, I think they are very similar, and a lot of directors have thought they were very similar, even interchangeable. Cruise is freaking me out lately, going the Shirley McClaine meltdown route. Depp had more problems earlier, with his role in Rivers Phoenix's death, and his brushes with drugs. Not to mention his reputation for dumping women rather cruelly. It's almost like Depp has matured out of a wreckless youth, and Cruise has finally decided to live the childhood he missed by being way to serious in his younger days.

Hey, it's the historical analyst in me. Give me fifteen minutes to research anyone, and I can fire off these pop analyses.
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latebloomer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-14-05 05:00 PM
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10. what was his role in River Phoenix's death?
Edited on Thu Jul-14-05 05:07 PM by latebloomer
Hadn't heard about that one.

on edit-- Never mind, I just googled it. I see that Depp owned the Viper Club where Phoenix died of an overdose.
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Debbi801 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-14-05 09:23 AM
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9. I love Depp...
I was reading FHM magazine and it said that Depp was actually using Marilyn Manson as his role model in this film. I can see that a lot more than Michael Jackson.
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terrya Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-14-05 05:06 PM
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12. Johnny Depp is an actor.
Even in Tim Burton's movies..."Edward Scissorshands" "Ed Wood" "Sleepy Hollow"...each of Depp's performances were different, fully realized, interesting characters. I'm looking forward to seeing "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"...because I know that Depp will create another memorable character (the critic from the Chicago Tribune, Michael Wlimington, gave it and Depp glowing reviews"

Meanwhile...Tom Cruise plays...Tom Cruise...in every single damned movie.
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caty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-14-05 05:59 PM
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14. Johnny Depp doesn't want to play
Johnny Depp. He seems to pick rolls that are totally different. Rolls that can challenge him. That's what makes him a great actor. :applause:
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DemGirl7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-14-05 06:21 PM
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15. I love Johnny Depp... he is so hot
plus I read that he has an over all quiet personality and really isn't into the whole hollywood scene. I love him, he is so cute...most of the time :loveya: :loveya:
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