Johnny Depp says that audiences in the US don’t appreciate intelligent films… including his new movie The Rum Diary.
Johnny Depp‘s new movie The Rum Diary, recently included on our Lowdown feature, has failed to set the box office alight Stateside. The actor is undeterred however and insists he “couldn’t give a rat’s arse,” about the money.
The comments will come as no surprise to the average audience member. Depp is notorious for shying away from blockbuster success. Before becoming the box office golden boy in 2003 post Pirates of the Caribbean, Johnny was best known for his off-the-wall and unconventional film choices, Ed Wood and Edward Scissorhands made with Tim Burton being notable examples during the 90s.
Still the actor remains optimistic of his latest release’s appeal. Based on the semi-biographical book by gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary is a dramatisation of the journalist’s life, and while the US has shown little interest, Depp is confident the film will “most definitely” have more appeal for a European audience who he claims have more appreciation for cleverness. “I think it’s an intelligent film,” he says, “and a lot of times, outside the big cities in the States, they don’t want that.”
Hit or miss, we are sure Depp will continue to baffle us for years to come, but for now he is confident of the longevity of his latest project. “I believe that this film will have a shelf life. I think it will stick around and people will watch it and enjoy it.”
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