Film.it ci racconta la press conference russa di The Lone Ranger:
“Nel corso della mia carriera mi hanno messo addosso serpenti, insetti di ogni genere. Ho perfino provato a ingoiare uno scorpione, ma quello voleva stare lontano dalla mia bocca! Mi chiedono di fare acrobazie, di recitare sotto un treno. Non mi lamento mai. Vi garantisco che ho fatto lavori peggiori”. Johnny Depp, è il mattatore assoluto nel corso della première di The Lone Ranger a Mosca. Una pioggia di flash lo tormenta per almeno due terzi dell’intera durata dell’incontro, finché le guardie bloccano qualsiasi scatto. Solo dieci anni fa il produttore Jerry Bruckheimer aveva scommesso in maniera pesante su una figura cinematografica alla deriva: il pirata. Riuscì ad assemblare uno script con elementi sovrannaturali, tanta azione e un regista promettente come Gore Verbinski. Trovò l’arma segreta in Johnny Depp e nel suo modo personale di caratterizzare l’eroe del franchise: “E’ così che voglio farlo – aveva detto l’attore ai produttori – Se non vi piace, licenziatemi”. In quel momento nasceva l’icona di Jack Sparrow. E’ passata una decade e Bruckheimer torna a scommettere: adesso punta al western, assicurandosi però di avere con sé lo stesso team creativo dell’ultima volta.
Viene raccontata la storia del Ranger solitario, un simbolo della cultura USA sin dagli anni trenta (prima eroe alla radio, poi anche nei fumetti, al cinema e in TV). La chiave di volta è affidare il pubblico al punto di vista dell’indiano “Tonto” (spalla del ranger e responsabile della sua ‘resurrezione’). Lo interpreta Depp, che parla con il massimo della serietà quando commenta il ruolo: “E’ stato un onore poter girare nelle vere riserve ed essere accolti dai nativi. Sono loro i veri americani, ma l’epoca di Colombo li trasformò in ‘indiani’. Un popolo oppresso, persone che hanno dovuto sopportare soprusi per centinaia di anni. Dunque ho cercato di onorarli. Volevo sistemare i torti che erano stati fatti nelle loro precedenti rappresentazioni cinematografiche. L’ho fatto anche trovando lo humour e cercando l’imperfezione. Ecco, direi che trovare l’imperfezione è sempre la mia più grande responsabilità di attore”.
Al suo fianco Gore Verbinski parla dello “stufato per ricreare il genere”. Una ricetta in cui – a detta del regista – sono stati inseriti anche echi di “Sergio Leone e Sam Peckinpah”. E a chi gli chiede come si fa a creare un trend, Jerry Bruckheimer risponde: “Non siamo noi a crearlo. Gli spettatori, che sono più intelligenti di noi, sono loro che decidono. A volte noi decidiamo di seguirli”. La domanda successiva è inevitabile:
Qual è il segreto per ingaggiare Johnny Depp a parte un bell’assegno? “Abbiamo lavorato così tanto insieme che ormai so come farlo esaltare” – assicura il produttore.
Come si fa dunque a entusiasmare Depp? Risponde l’attore: “Continuando ad avere l’occasione di prendermi in giro da solo. Ne ho continuamente bisogno nel mio lavoro”.
Il giorno dell’uscita nelle sale italiane di The Lone Ranger, si avvicina a grandi falcate. Dal 3 luglio l’estate 2013 si riempirà di azione con la nuova avventura dell’eroe mascherato icona d’America, che sarà distribuito in 700 copie da The Walt Disney Company Italia.
Non dobbiamo più attendere per sapere quando potremo vedere Dark Shadows nei cinema! Ecco da Imdb la lista ufficiale!
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Johnny Depp is the world’s highest paid actor, according to the 2012 edition of Guinness Book of World Records for 2012, but despite his riches and successes, he said he had no trouble with going back to his humble roots.
The Hollywood star was on the red carpet for the European premiere of his personal project, which he has called “a labour of love”, “The Rum Diary”, in London on Thursday (November 3).
The film, which is based on a novel by his good friend, the writer Hunter S. Thompson, stars Depp as American journalist Paul Kemp, who, after taking on a freelance newspaper job in Puerto Rico during the 1950s, struggles to find a balance between island culture and the American expat community who live there.
Thompson, whose trademark writing style was tagged “gonzo journalism,” wrote “The Rum Diary” in 1998 and “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” in 1971. He committed suicide in 2005 at the age of 67.
Depp said there was only one director in mind when he and Thompson thought about who could bring their idea to the big screen.
“I’d seen ‘Withnail & I’, and had admired it and worshipped it and him (Robinson) for many, many years. The first name that came up with Hunter and I in 1997 was Bruce’s and so I knew it would be a challenge because the guy had basically pulled out of cinema all together. What Bruce did with ‘Withnail & I’ is beyond cinema. He created some world that is endlessly quotable, endlessly beautiful. He achieved perfect cinema, which is very rare,” Depp told Reuters Television on the red carpet.
The actor has made more than 60 films, most notably his Academy-Award nominated turn as Captain Jack Sparrow in “Pirates of the Caribbean” which spawned hugely success sequels, “Edward Scissorhands”, and “Donnie Brasco” to name a few.
Still, the actor, who dropped out of high school at 15 to become a rock musician, seems to have the rare power in Hollywood to call the shots, taking on quirky characters and making them his own.
When asked how he’s managed to find this unique success in the Hollywood machine, even Depp said he was dumbfounded.
“Oh man, I don’t know, I don’t know. There’s no way to define anything. I only know what I know. And it doesn’t necessarily mean that I have a great handle on it myself. It’s just sort of what I do, what I’ve wanted to do or what I’ve done. I guess because I’ve always been ok with going back to pumping gas,” he said.
It was a similar praise from his young co-star Amanda Heard, whom he called personally to tell she had the role.
“He’s a good person. Johnny’s a good human being. He’s brilliant at his job and he’s mastered the Hollywood machine and done so in his own way. I think that I would be silly to not take advice from him. And he’s been very generous,” said Heard.
“Withnail & I”‘s Bruce Robinson was pulled out of obscurity for about 20 years to take on directing duties and said it was down to Depp uncompromising but “nice” persistence that he agreed.
“I had a horrible experience on a film (screaming in background), here he (Depp) is (laughing). I decided I never want to direct again but he was tenacious and persuasive and kept bugging me and if you’re being bullied by Johnny Depp, it’s like being hit with a flower, it was very nice,” said Robinson.
“The Rum Diary” which also stars Aaron Eckhart and Richard Jenkins and is currently out in U.S. theatres and released in the UK on November 11.
London, 3 November 2011
1. Wide of marquis
2. Wide of “The Rum Diary” signage
3. Wide of fans waiting outside
4. Wide of Johnny Depp greeting fans
5. Medium of Johnny Depp greeting fans
6. Medium back shot of Amber Heard
7. Medium of director Bruce Robinson
8. Medium of Amber Heard posingFilm District/GK Films
9. Trailer clip- “The Rum Diary”AP Entertainment
London, 3 November 2011
10. Medium of Johnny Depp greeting fans
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Johnny Depp/Actor – on the film’s box office performance so far:
“The horrible thing is I suppose because I guess I suppose I’ve been involved in these other films that have been what they define as blockbusters or these large kind of franchise films there are expectations of the process and they sort of throw that baggage on you but this was never meant to be that. It was never wanting to be that. It’s a rated R film. It comes from the brain of Hunter S. Thompson at the helm of Bruce Robinson. It’s everything I and more that I wanted to be and Hunted wanted to be.”
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Bruce Robinson/Director – on the film’s box office performance so far:
“I had no expectation of this being a big box office movie. I really didn’t. You know, it’s playing fantastic business in the big cities but between New York and LA they’re not going to take the chicken off their head for it. I don’t mean that in a pejorative way to America, you know what I mean. If you live in a farm in Indiana. You’re not going to go and see this. You’re going to go see ‘Puss n’ Boots’ but it’s a worthy picture. I hope you see it.”
13. Wide of photographer taking a photo of Johnny Depp and Bruce Robinson
14. Wide of photographer taking a photo of left to right, Bruce Robinson, Amber Heard, Johnny Depp
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Johnny Depp/Actor – on getting the role:
“I was incredibly persistent, you know? I was just a really a pain in the ass and I just kept going after it and I’ve known him a long time. We’ve hung out a few times here and there and I finally just you know sort of put the screws to him.”
Film District/GK Films
16. Trailer clip- “The Rum Diary”
London, 3 November 2011
17. Pan up of Amber Heard
18. Tight shot of Amber Heard talking to a reporter
19. Tight shot of Johnny Depp talking to a reporter
20. SOUNDBITE (English) Amber Heard/Actress
“Everything. I think that’s what makes Johnny Depp Johnny Depp is he’s a complete enigma and he’s hard to pin down and categorize. I think him avoiding any sort of label or box is what makes him the star he is.”
21. Cutaway of Johnny Depp
22. SOUNDBITE (English) Bruce Robinson/Actor
“Yeah, we used to put whiskey on every morning. Chivaz Regal which is Hunter Thompson’s drink. We used to stick our thumbs in there and like cologne and the first assistant director would sneak around and drink a lot with the thumb in it.”
23. Wide of Johnny Depp signing autographs
24. SOUNDBITE (English) Johnny Depp/Actor – on what Hunter S. Thompson might think of the film:
“I think he would’ve been very proud of the film itself but I believe he would have probably kind of… He’d probably hit us a couple times with some sort of verbal abuse just to sort of take us off our legs just to throw us off our game a little.”
Film District/GK Films
25. Trailer clip- “The Rum Diary”
Johnny Depp verrà premiato dall’ Austin Film Festival per il suo ”straodinario contributo al cinema”. I suoi crediti cinematografici includono il 1980 della serie televisiva 21 Jump Street, e Cry-Baby, Edward mani di forbice, COSA Mr. Grape, Ed Wood, Donnie Brasco, Paura e delirio a Las Vegas, Sleepy Hollow, Chocolat, Blow, Finding Neverland, Charlie e La fabbrica di cioccolato, La sposa cadavere, Sweeney Todd: IL BARBIERE DI FLEET STREET, Public Enemies, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, Rango, il PIRATI DEI CARAIBI serie, e The Rum Diary. Il festival si terrà dal 20 al 23 ottobre, e Johnny arriverà il 22 ottobre!
Johnny Depp to Receive “Extraordinary Contribution to Film – Acting” Award
Johnny Depp has won the Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor. His film credits include the 1980s television series 21 Jump Street, and CRY-BABY, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, WHAT’S EATING GILBERT GRAPE, ED WOOD, DONNIE BRASCO, FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS, SLEEPY HOLLOW, CHOCOLAT, BLOW, FINDING NEVERLAND, CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, CORPSE BRIDE, SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET, PUBLIC ENEMIES, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, RANGO, the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN series, and THE RUM DIARY.
Johnny Depp to Receive “Extraordinary Contribution to Film – Acting” Award
Actor Johnny Depp will be the recipient of the Festival’s inaugural Extraordinary Contribution to Film – Acting Award. Depp will also present Distinguished Screenwriter Awardee Caroline Thompson with her Award and be on hand for screenings of his new film The Rum Diary (based on the novel by Hunter S. Thompson) and a retrospective of Edward Scissorhands with Thompson.
Depp will be the inaugural recipient of the Extraordinary Contribution to Film – Acting Award. AFF is honoring Depp for his collective body of work, his contribution to the culture of film and, above all, for his recognition and support of the importance of writing and the value of the writer, made apparent by many of his film choices and working relationships with writers like Austin Film Festival alums Terry Rossio & Ted Elliot, John August, Peter Hedges, and, of course, Caroline Thompson.
He will be presented with the Award at the Awards Luncheon on Saturday, 10/22, at the Austin Club at 12:15pm. Depp will also be presenting Distinguished Screenwriter Awardee Caroline Thompson with her award. Included in her numerous credits are two films featuring Depp: Edward Scissorhands and Corpse Bride. This year’s other award recipients are Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Awardee John Lasseter (Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios) and Outstanding Television Writer Awardee Hart Hanson (creator/writer/executive producer of “Bones,” “The Finder”).
Depp will introduce his new film The Rum Diary at the Paramount Theatre on Oct. 21st at 7pm (which opens in theaters nationwide October 28th) and he will do a Q&A following the film. FilmDistrict’s The Rum Diary tells the increasingly unhinged story of itinerant journalist Paul Kemp (Johnny Depp). Tiring of the noise and madness of New York and the crushing conventions of late Eisenhower-era America, Kemp travels to the pristine island of Puerto Rico to write for a local newspaper, The San Juan Star, run by downtrodden editor Lotterman (Richard Jenkins). Adopting the rum-soaked life of the island, Paul soon becomes obsessed with Chenault (Amber Heard), the wildly attractive Connecticut-born fiancée of Sanderson (Aaron Eckhart). Sanderson, a businessman involved in shady property development deals, is one of a growing number of American entrepreneurs who are determined to convert Puerto Rico into a capitalist paradise in service of the wealthy. When Kemp is recruited by Sanderson to write favorably about his latest unsavory scheme, the journalist is presented with a choice: to use his words for the corrupt businessmen’s financial benefit, or use them to take them down.
With fellow award-recipient and screenwriter Caroline Thompson, Depp will also introduce a special retrospective screening of Edward Scissorhands at 9:45pm at the Paramount Theatre. Thompson will do a Q&A following the film.
Austin Film Festival Badges and Film Passes have priority admission to all screenings.They may be purchased at Austin Film Festival’s Registration Office at the Driskill Hotel during the following hours:
Wednesday, October 19, 12:00pm – 11:00pm
Thursday, October 20, 8:00am – 11:00pm
Friday, October 21, 8:00am – 9:00pm
Saturday, October 22, 8:00am – 9:00pm
Sunday, October 23, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Si ringrazia la Zone!