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13 Lesser Known Facts about the Life of Actor Johnny Depp

6. Upon witnessing the harsh weather conditions on the final day of the shooting of his film, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Johnny Depp bought the entire crew jackets worth $62,000.

Stranger Tides
Image credits: Walt Disney Pictures

Pirates of the Caribbean‘s fourth installment, On Stranger Tides, was being filmed in the Buckinghamshire’s Pinewood Studios, UK. The weather conditions were harsh on the day of the shooting which left the crew feeling cold on location. Johnny Depp came to the rescue of the shivering film crew and decided to buy waterproof jackets for the entire team. He spent $62,000 for 500 people so that the crew was safe and warm. (source)

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 7. Johnny Depp received a letter from a local 9-year-old girl while filming Pirates of the Caribbean in London who asked for help with a “mutiny” against her teachers. Depp showed up at the school without a warning in his Jack Sparrow outfit.

Beatrice Delap, a nine-year-old student from Meridian Primary School in Greenwich in southeast London, wrote a letter to Jack Sparrow and asked him to help with a mutiny against her teachers. Johnny Depp was filming Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in London and upon receiving the letter decided to give the nine-year-old budding-pirate a visit. He visited the school dressed up as his famous Jack Sparrow outfit but advised against mutiny. (source)

8. After his break up with his girlfriend, Winona Ryder, Johnny Depp changed his tattoo that said “Winona Forever” to “Wino Forever” expressing his love for red wine.

Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder
Image credits: Deppimpact, Fanpop

Winona Ryder was born in Minnesota on October 29,1971. She is a Golden Globe winner and an Academy Award nominee. Winona Ryder bagged her first role at the age of 15 in a film called Lucas in the year 1986. She met Johnny Depp at the Great Balls of Fire premiere in 1989, and they co-starred in the 1990 film Edward Scissorhands. The couple got engaged in July 1990. They were labeled as the ideal young couple, and Depp even tattooed “Winona Forever” on his right arm. Within three years, their engagement fell apart and they broke up. Following the breakup, Depp altered his tattoo to “Wino Forever.” (source)

9. Johnny Depp’s daughter nearly died from an E. coli infection when she was just seven years old. In order to thank the hospital for taking care of his daughter, Depp dressed up as Jack Sparrow and read stories to kids for four hours.

Lily Rose
To the left – Lily Rose and Johnny Depp. Image credits: Lily Rose/Instagram via Dailymail, Randall Coles/Metro

Lily Rose Depp is the first child of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis. In 2007, the then seven-year-old Lily was rushed to Great Ormond Street Hospital after a sudden kidney failure due to an E. coli infection. She was treated at the hospital and came out unscathed. As a token of gratitude, Johnny Depp donated £1 million to the hospital and dressed up as Jack Sparrow and read stories to the kids in the hospital. He even invited five members of the hospital staff to the London premiere of his movie Sweeney Todd. (source)

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10. Johnny Depp paid nearly $3 million for Hunter S. Thompson’s funeral saying “All I’m doing is trying to make sure his last wish comes true. I just want to send my pal out the way he wants to go out.”

Johnny Depp was a fan of Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and got an opportunity to meet the author in 1994. Their friendship kicked off and according to Thompson, there was no one else that could play Duke in the movie adaption of his book but Johnny Depp. The movie, despite not doing well at the box office, became a cult classic. Johnny Depp also played the main character in the movie called The Rum Diary which too is an adaption of a book by Hunter S. Thompson.

Hunter S. Thompson passed away on February 20, 2005. One of his last wishes was that his ashes be blown out of a cannon. Johnny Depp paid nearly $3 million for his funeral. The funeral was held on a Colorado farm owned by Thompson. To grant Thompson’s last wishes, a cannon was installed on top of a 47-meter-high tower, and his ashes were blasted out of the cannon. (source)

 11. Johnny Depp would close a club he partially owned on Halloween every year because his good friend and fellow actor, River Phoenix, collapsed and died in front of it. He did this for over 10 years until he sold his part of the club.

River Phoenix and Johnny Depp
Image credits: Alan Light/Flickr, Bill Morrow/Flickr

River Pheonix was born on August 23, 1970. He was the first child of Arlyn Dunetz and John Lee Bottom. He began his career by doing commercials and then subsequently make appearances in TV shows. At the age of 15, he played in the successful movie Stand by Me which paved his way to stardom and made him a teen idol.

He was a friend of Johnny Depp and would often hang out at the Viper Room, a club owned by Johnny Depp. He was playing with the band P on October 30th, 1993 in the Viper Room. After performing on the stage and not feeling well, River Phoenix collapsed and passed away from a drug overdose in front of the club. To commemorate the death of his beloved friend, Johnny Depp closed the club on every Halloween for ten years until he sold it. (source)

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 12. Hunter S. Thompson, a great friend of Johnny Depp and a Kentucky Colonel (highest honorary title in Kentucky) himself, awarded the title to Johnny Depp.

Johnny Depp and Hunter S. Thompson
Image credits: Johnny Depp- Zone

“Kentucky Colonel” is the highest title given to the people of Kentucky which is given in recognition of their accomplishments. It is given by the governor or the secretary of the state. The title was formed in 1813 and was only awarded to people with honored reputations. Johnny Depp was a close friend of Hunter S. Thompson and starred in two movies based on books written by him: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and The Rum Diary. Hunter S. Thompson, a colonel himself, nominated Depp for the title and made him a Kentucky Colonel. (source)

13. Johnny Depp was honored by having a fossil named after him. Kooteninchela deppi, an extinct creature, was discovered by a scientist who couldn’t help but notice that the claws in the fossil were similar to Edward Scissorhands.

Kootenichela deppi
Image credits: 20th Century Fox, Sci News

Kooteninchela deppi is a 505-year-old Cambrian fossil. It belongs to a group called “great appendage” arthropods and is an ancestor of scorpions, crabs, and lobsters. The creature was four centimeters long with an elongated body and centipede-like small legs. David Legg, a researcher who was studying fossils as a part of his Ph.D. at the Imperial College of London, honored Johnny Depp by naming an ancient, extinct fossil after him. According to Legg, when he saw a pair of claws in the fossil, he could not help but think of Edward Scissorhands. The claws of Kooteninchela deppi reminded him of the character’s claws. He decided to honor the actor and immortalize him by naming the fossil “Kooteninchela deppi.” (source)

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