by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
NTF : December 13th 2010
Penelope and her crew liked to teach me very naughty things in Spanish. Like what? We might not want to get into that actually (laughs). They’ve taught me some things that they wanted me to test on people. Ididn’tknow what Iwas saying, and would get quite arousing response. Then you realise you’ve said something horrific. (laughs) Well, my Spanish is verylimited, Ican ask where Pepe’s house is and Ican ask where the toilet is. That’s pretty much it. What about your look in the picture. We re you trying to become an American tourist? Ijust wanted him to look like sort of the everyman in away,you know,just my kind of vision of what a mathematics teacher from Wisconsin might look like. Probably has nothing to do with reality,but it’s what he looked like to me. Ilike the idea of wearing averygroomed beard and raising it up alittle so it takes the length out of your face and gives you a broader look, and gained alittle bit of weight for it and permed my hair,Ijust thought he would be this kind of guy who has everything in his luggage pressed and folded. Angelina spoke to us about being atourist in Ve nice. What was your experience? It’sawonderful city,it’sanamazing city,the problem for Angelina and myself is the only time we got to see it in the daytime, is when we were working. My Venice, the Ve nice that Iexperienced, and it was magnificent, was from about 10pm till about 2am, where Icould walk the streets. There was really no one on the streets, so Icould feel the poetryofthe place, and the ghosts of Ve nice were out and it’saveryspecial, beautiful city. Iwas surprised to read that beforeyou took on the project, you, the director and Angelina met to see if therewas something you could work on. Is that something that you always do? Ithink that was more for us to kind of sit down and say hi, this is who Ireally am, and this is who you really are, and get to sort of know one another a little bit. Ialso think it was helpful for Florian (Henckel von Donnersmarck) to see what kind of chemistrywemight have –what spark –ifshe said something and Icame right back, or how we connected. Ithink it was important on that level, and it was instant, it was an instant connection. She’s aterrific girl, as you all know.Imean she’s amazingly kind, smart, funny,strong, most definitely ateam player,yeah, Ireally enjoyed everymoment. The To urist opens in cinemas on Boxing Day. you in real life. Wo uld you agree with that and in what way? Ithink there’sapart of me that is. Somebody said she was avixen, Iactually found her averygenerous person. Ithink that’show maybe Igot my head around it, she wasn’ttrying to con aman, she genuinely means, ‘I hope you have anice time sleeping on the couch’. She means it (laughs). In her weird way,she’snot full of darkness and malice and Ithink that is maybe what he means – sometimes I’m assumed or people think of me as being dark. And he’sseen me with my kids, or he’s seen me on set giggling, or he’sseen me in my life and Ithink maybe alittle bit of my mom rubbed off on me and I’m alittle, hopefully,softer and more female than I’m sometimes assumed to be. Is learning Spanish something that you picked up from Penelope Cruz (who Depp co-starredwith in Blow and also in the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie, currently in post-production)? Yeah, you pick up things from working with people. Johnny Depp 31
December 6th 2010