Johnny Depp's Best Roles

Yahoo Contributor Network

Actor Johnny Depp is set to appear in "The Rum Diary" opening on October 28, 2011. This is the actor's second run at a Hunter S. Thompson role. The actor previously appeared in "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," a film based on the book of the same name. Could Depp add another great role to his long list of impressive performances? That might not be easy. Over the years, Depp has had some great roles to his name. Here is a look at the five greatest characters that Depp has ever portrayed.

1. Ed Wood - "Ed Wood"

Depp has made tons of movies with his buddy Tim Burton. However, this largely under the radar one is their best collaboration. Depp plays the cross-dressing 1950s director with amazing charm. Wood made some of the worst movies of all time but always seemed enthusiastic about them. Depp portrayed that with this goofy voice and constantly upbeat pep. It was a lot of fun to watch and it is a shame that more people haven't paid attention to it ever the years.

2. Jack Sparrow - "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl"

The "Pirates" movies have declined a lot since the first one, but that shouldn't take away from Depp's great performance. He channeled Keith Richards and others to create the goofy, slightly crazy pirate in this and three sequels. I remember being surprised that someone like Depp would appear in a movie based on a Disney ride. It seemed like the ultimate sellout. But he made it work.

3. George Jung - "Blow"

Depp has occasionally portrayed real people. He was never better at that than he was in this movie. Depp played the 1970s drug trafficker as good as anyone could have hoped. The movie was as serious one but Depp still managed to keep the right amount of lightness in it. He also had one of his more unique looks, sporting long blonde hair. That's a fry cry from the Depp you usually see in movies.

4. Edward - "Edward Scissorhands"

This was one of Depp's big star turns. Once again working with Burton, Depp helped create one of the ultimate cult characters. Despite playing a pale guy with stitches all over his face and scissors for hands, Depp did a great job of making him feel human. This was one of his quieter roles as his character never raises his voice. But Depp still makes it work well.

5. Ichabod Crane - "Sleepy Hollow"

Another Burton project for Depp equals another great role. This time, Depp portrays Ichabod Crane as he investigates the famous case of the Headless Horsemen. Depp plays Crane as the exact opposite of a tough guy. He is shy and wimpy yet somehow gets the job done. Despite the long legacy of the story, it's hard not to picture Depp when you hear the name Ichabod Crane.

Note: This was written by a Yahoo! contributor. Join the Yahoo! Contributor Network here to start publishing your own articles.
View Comments