Helena Bonham Carter loved getting paid by her boyfriend to lust after Johnny Depp in the trio's new movie. (So would I!!!)
The British actress - who stars as Mrs. Lovett in 'Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street' directed by her long-term love Tim Burton - had no qualms about falling in love with Tim's best friend, who plays the murderous barber, on screen.
When asked if she found it awkward lusting after Johnny in front of Tim, she told BANG Showbiz: "Weirdly not, maybe it should have been, but you know I was pretending. It is odd, I was being paid by my boyfriend to fall in love with his best friend. It was a strange situation."
Helena - who gave birth to her second child with Tim last month - also revealed she tried extra hard in her audition because she didn't want to feel like she only got the part because she slept with the director.
She added: "I would safely say it made it much harder for me to get the part because the director was my boyfriend. He told me you look right for it, and potentially you are perfect for the role, but we have no idea if you can sing. I said well I will go away and try to learn, but I had to be righter than right. For my sake, I didn't want to feel like I got the part just because I slept with him. But at the end of the day Stephen Sondheim, who wrote the original musical, had the final say and I definitely didn't sleep with him!"
Director TIM BURTON encourages girlfriend HELENA BONHAM CARTER's wacky wardrobe choices - because he loves to read the ensuing criticism from the fashion press. The British actress, 41, is well-known for her mismatched clothing and unkempt hairstyle, which are frequently targeted by the disapproving media. But Bonham Carter's long-time partner Burton doesn't mind her unusual outfits, because it provides him with some humorous light reading. She explains, "He goes to the corner shop and buys any newspapers that have unflattering articles about me, and brings them home to tease me. Which is slightly irritating because it's not as if they're free - he actually spends money on this!" But the Fight Club star insists she pays no attention to the tabloids' caustic remarks - because she is determined never to let their input influence her trademark style. She adds, "The fashion police should get on with their lives. There's nothing I can do about them, and if someone's going to say something unkind about me, that's their bad karma, really. "If they feel better for pointing out that I'm badly dressed, well, good for them. At lease I made somebody happy!"And also from http://www.contactmusic.com
BURTON AND BONHAM CARTER'S FILMING FEARS
TIM BURTON and HELENA BONHAM CARTER laid down strict ground rules before filming SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET together - fearing the stress of the musical would wreck their relationship. The pair enjoys a famously eccentric union - they own adjacent London houses that are joined by a door - and both feared spending an extended period in each other's company would drive them apart. Bonham Carter reveals, "Being involved with people you work with is not a very good idea. To make it work, Tim and I had to lay down some commandments, set some rules. "For me, it was a matter of learning to shut my mouth, because my initial instinct is to talk and talk. And he's not very forthcoming with compliments, so I needed a bit of reassurance here and there. "And not talking about work at home, of course."More on Public Enemies from http://www.dane101.com
Christian Bale to hunt Johnny Depp in Wisconsin?Submitted by Jesse Russell on Mon, 2008-01-14 01:07. Arts | Film
Based on all of the hype there is one certainty surrounding the new Michael Mann flick Public Enemies - Wisconsin is going to be terribly broken hearted if the movie doesn't at least shoot one scene somewhere in the state. Especially with the most recent potential casting decision.
We already know that Johnny Depp is confirmed for the John Dillinger biopic, but now Variety is confirming everyone's favorite Newsie, Christian Bale, is in negotiations to pursue Depp's Dillinger as FBI agent Melvin Purvis (it should be noted that Bale is confirmed as a cast member on IMDB).
In an attempt to be the first to break the story of Hollywood star power coming to the state an overzealous reporter broke some inaccurate news last Wednesday morning that the film had been confirmed for shooting in Wisconsin. The story was on news sites and in the Associated Press feed even before the official press conference was scheduled to start. Oops...at the last minute the press conference was canceled with the news that negotiations were ongoing and the Wisconsin media learned a hard lesson as to why it is so important to adhere to Hollywood style press embargoes. Tsk, tsk.
Depp started music career by stealing guitar chord book (It's true, he is baaaad!)http://www.thaindian.com
Hollywood actor Johnny Depp has revealed that he stole a guitar chord book as a child because he wanted to learn to play the instrument.
It was a Mel Bay book that he stole, Depp says.
“When I was 12, I talked my mom into picking up a Decca electric guitar for me for 25 dollars. The first thing I did was steal a Mel Bay chord book. I went to this store, stuffed it down my pants and walked out, Contactmusic quoted him as telling Rolling Stone magazine.
“It had pictures - that’s why I needed it so badly, because it was immediate gratification. If I could match those photographs, then I was golden. I conquered it in days,” he recalled.
Depp has performed on Oasis and Shane MACGowan records, besides featuring in bands like The Kids and P.
“The Oasis stuff was fun… I enjoyed playing slide on what was it called? Fade In-Out, he said.
“I was playing a guitar that had some strange tuning, and I didn’t know the chords to the song. So, looking back, it was sort of miraculous that I was able to stay on key,” he added.
The Pirates of the Caribbean star has also been appreciated a lot for playing singing barber Sweeney Todd in Tim Burton’s dark new musical.Also from http://www.thaindian.com
Johnny Depp admits to having been a terrible salesman (I love this, Johnny's such a sweetie!)American movie hunk Johnny Depp admitted to having been a terrible telesales person, because he would always try to dissuade people from buying the products he was selling.
Depp had taken a job selling pens over the phone when he first arrived in Los Angeles with his band The Kids.
The job helped him to stay off the streets, but he was not comfortable with it, as he had to con people into buying his pens with the promise of giving them treats.
“You’d guarantee them a grandfather clock or a trip to Greece. The couple of times that I actually got people to buy the pens, they only agreed because they wanted the grandfather clock, Contactmusic quoted him as saying.
“When the supervisor wandered off, I would say, ‘Listen, don’t buy these pens. The clock is made of corkboard. I’m a thief; we’re ripping you off,’” he said.
However he insisted that the job was his first acting role, even to the extent of giving him a stage name.“You’re reading a whole spiel. There was a character on the soap opera General Hospital - the name stuck in my head - so I would call people up and say, `How do you do, this is Edward Quartermaine,’” he concluded.
Once again I state, Johnny is SUCH A SWEETIE!!!
Saint Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp's heart is as big as his bank account. Last night Johnny paid a visit to Great Ormond Street Hospital and donated £1 million of his own money to the hospital as a thank you for saving his daughters life.
Last week Depp invited 5 doctors from the hospital to join him at the London premiere of 'Sweeney Todd.'
"It was the most frightening thing we have ever been through. It was hell. But the magic is that she pulled through beautifully. Great Ormond Street was terrific, a great hospital." Depp has said about the experience.
On November 29th, Depp had his Jack Sparrow costume from 'Pirates of the Caribbean' flown in so he can play dress up and read bedtime stories to the young patients. Isn't that the cutest thing ever? Depp just earned extra extra extra brownie points!
A new rolling stones cover featuring Johnny and interview
Johnny Depp shows a little skin on the latest cover of Rolling Stone. Interview highlights below!
What was the first song you could play through?
DEPP: Every kid with a guitar at that time, the first things that came up were almost always “Smoke on the Water,” obviously, and “25 or 6 to 4,” by Chicago.
But the first song I played all the way through must have been “Stairway to Heaven.” I remember getting through the fingerpicking and just cursing Jimmy Page.
What was your first band?
DEPP: When I was about thirteen, I got together with some other kids in the neighborhood. This one guy had a bass, we knew a guy who had a PA system, we made our own lights. It was really ramshackle and great.
We’d play at people’s backyard parties. Everything from the Beatles to Led Zeppelin to Cheap Trick to Devo — and “Johnny B. Goode” was the closer.
You’ve got that wistful look in your eyes.
DEPP: You’re thirteen years old and you’re playing rock & roll. Loud. Poorly. But somebody’s letting you do it in their back yard. And it was absolute perfection. It was freedom. Right off the bat, there was no question: I had found my future.
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