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Johnny Depp to actors: Stop trying to be musicians


Wait a minute… didn’t Johnny Depp just wrap up Mortdecai with Gwyneth Paltrow?

Actor, self-proclaimed pirate and low-key musician Johnny Depp has some words for his fellow big-screen brethren: Stop trying to become musicians on the backs on your acting career.

He told reporters in Berlin at the world premiere of his latest movie, “That whole idea for me is a sickening thing, it’s always just made me sick.”

He continued, saying, “I’ve been very lucky to play on friends’ records, and it’s still going… but you won’t be hearing The Johnny Depp Band. That won’t ever exist.”

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So, let me get this straight. Depp, who has played guitar with Oasis and The Pogues, performed in several of his own movies, including Chocolat and Once Upon a Time in Mexico, appeared in numerous music videos for huge names like Paul McCartney, has performed at music award shows like the MTV Movie Awards and is a member of the band P (whose other members include musicians from Buttonhole Surfers, Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Sex Pistols) thinks other actors shouldn’t try to become musicians if they want to.

Why, hello pot, meet kettle.

For the love of all things holy, the man has a daughter with the middle name Melody, but he is going to tell other actors they sicken him for wanting to pursue their own music careers?

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Depp also said, “The kind of luxury now is, anybody with a certain amount of success, if you have a kind of musical being, you can go out and start a band and capitalize on your work in other areas. But I hate the idea, ‘Come see me play the guitar because you’ve seen me in 12 movies.’ It shouldn’t be (that way). You want the people who are listening to the music to only be interested in the music.”

Depp just recently wrapped up working with Paltrow, who, we all know, made many an appearance on Glee as the substitute teacher and who is among many actors whose musical careers gained any kind of steam mostly because of their acting fame.

So, it makes you wonder if there was anything behind these comments — if they are directed at any one actor in particular or just these vulturous terrible actors, in general.

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Either way, it seems a bit supercilious (and borderline pretentious… OK, downright condescending) for Depp to think just because someone is a successful actor they can’t be a musician, too, good bad or otherwise.

Who hasn’t had the dream of being in a rock band at some point in their lives?!

Why fault a celebrity for trying to live out another one of their dreams? They might be fantastically terrible, but who cares? Let them sing their hearts out and play bad covers to old classic rock songs. If they’re good, they’ll make it. If they’re not, hopefully, they’ll get the memo early enough in their music “careers” before they do some real damage to their acting careers.

What do you guys think about actors who try to make it in the music industry?

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