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Oscar Winning Director Called Johnny Depp the Perfect Serial Killer after Seeing His Performance in $278M Movie: "He turns out to be not-so-average after all"
18/04/2023

Johnny Depp is a highly acclaimed and versatile actor known for his captivating performances in a wide range of roles across various genres. Depp has also been in the news for his personal life, including his tumultuous relationship with ex-wife Amber Heard and the subsequent legal battle. 

These events have led to polarizing views regarding the actor’s image in public. His legal dispute with his former spouse Amber Heard, which resulted in his win in a defamation lawsuit, has been the focal point of attention. But a director once made a very uncanny comparison for the actor. 

Why Was Johnny Depp Compared To A Serial Killer?

Depp’s experienced a mixed reception, with critics panning the film, yet it emerged as a box office success. Despite its production budget of approximately $100 million, the movie managed to rake in a staggering $278.3 million in ticket sales, exceeding expectations and securing its commercial viability. 

However, critics and audiences alike expressed doubts about her compatibility with , even though they portrayed romantic interests. It was said that accepted the role in the film as a temporary solution as she awaited a bigger project to materialize. Notably, director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck was also subjected to criticism on the eminent review by Roger Ebert. 

“There’s a way to make a movie like The Tourist, but Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck doesn’t find that way,” the review read.

After the Movie’s mixed reception, von Donnersmarck gave an interview to Vulture in which he made a striking comparison. The director stated that Depp’s effort to portray his character as unremarkable or ‘normal’ was the reason for likening him to notorious serial killers.

Johnny Depp’s Look For The Role Was Questionable

Johnny Depp is famous for undergoing significant physical transformations to embody his characters, as he did in . During Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s interview with Vulture, the interviewer suggested that Depp didn’t transform much for his role in , but the director encouraged him to look at the character more closely.

“If you look at styling, it’s quite unusual in a way. Okay, he’s a math teacher, and he has long hair? That’s weird,” von Donnersmarck said. “We know that from reading about serial killers, what do their neighbors say? ‘Oh, he was such an average guy.’ And then he turns out to be not-so-average after all.”

Well, director Von Donnersmarck no longer directly works in Hollywood. His most recent project, a German romantic drama called , received critical acclaim and was nominated for two Oscars and a Golden Globe in 2019.

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