“How can that be possible?”: David Letterman Was Baffled After Johnny Depp Made a Confession About His Peculiar Acting Method That Doesn’t Make Sense

David Letterman Was Baffled After Johnny Depp Made a Confession About His Peculiar Acting Method That Doesn't Make Sense
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Johnny Depp never fails to amaze the crowd wherever he goes. The Pirates of the Caribbean star flaunts incredible acting skills along with a charismatic aura. When he visited The Late Show With David Letterman, Depp also admitted to possessing a unique acting skill that makes sure to impress the ardent movie lovers. David Letterman was surprised to know that the Jack Sparrow fame uses an unreal acting method to make it look more authentic on the screen. 

Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp

We have often seen actors like Christian Bale going to extreme lengths to look more authentic on-screen. They can go to any extent to embody the character they are playing on-screen. Johnny Depp revealed that he never reads the screen directions and leaves everything to his natural reactions.

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David Letterman was shocked by Johnny Depp’s magnificent acting techniques

Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow

Johnny Depp is one of the biggest Hollywood personalities and he always tries his best to mesmerize the audience with his acting skills. The Edwards Scissorhands actor has admitted that he always tries to make the audience forget about him at the very start so that they can feel the character more truly. It is the reason why the actor never reads his screen directions where every action related to the scenes is there for the actor’s knowledge.

The 60-year-old actor loves to follow an unconventional approach and only reads the script once before filming the scene. It enables everyone to get natural reactions to the actions and the scene attains more authenticity.

Letterman having a hard time with Johnny Depp (Eng Sub)


During The Late Show when Johnny Depp confessed his unique skill to Letterman- “I never read screen direction. Which is the stuff that tells you what to do.”, he was amazed- “How can that be possible?”.

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To it, Depp explained that he doesn’t prefer to know what the makers want him to do, rather he loves to follow his natural self and rely on organic reactions for a more splendid outcome. As reported by The Guardian, he also spoke on this when the former husband of Amber Heard sat with his Black Mass director Scott Cooper for a conversation in the Dolby Theater in 2015.


“I black out all screen direction. Why should I know what’s supposed to happen? I think it should be much more organic.”

It was followed by an immediate response from Scott Cooper “It’s why he’s a genius”. That made the crowd go absolutely crazy.

Johnny Depp doesn’t watch his own movies

Johnny Depp in Black Mass
Johnny Depp in Black Mass

From the treatment and support he received from his fans in the recent past during his legal troubles with ex-wife Amber Heard, it is evident that Johnny Depp has a monstrous fan base and has never failed to win hearts. Besides boasting exceptional acting skills, Depp also shows a sense of humbleness through his words.

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In the same interview with David Letterman, Depp surprised the crowd and the host once again when he admitted that he never watches his movies. According to him, he prefers to stay away from the final product.

“In a way, you know, once my job is done on the film, It’s really none of my business. I stay as far away. If I can, I’d try to stay in as profound a state of ignorance as possible”

However, Depp proved that some exceptions do exist here. The Willy Wonka actor stated to Scott Cooper that he had watched Black Mass. According to the actor, he doesn’t feel comfortable watching himself on screen- “I hate watching myself on screen. I can’t stand it.” 

It can be undoubtedly said that Johnny Depp is exceptional and brings a unique charm to his performance every time he appears on screen.


Source: The Late Show with David Letterman (via JohnnyDeppSan) | The Guardian

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Written by Subham Mandal

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Subham Mandal is currently working as a content writer for FandomWire with an ardent interest in the world of pop culture. He has written more than 1000 articles on different spheres of modern pop culture and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. He’s also an experienced student journalist having demonstrated work experience with the Times of India. He aspires to be a column writer in the future.