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Friday 19 September 2014

Johnny Depp 'geeks out' over books

Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp is a major book collector and loves the smell of old tomes.

The Lone Ranger star has a giant reputation as a Hollywood hunk and has walked glitzy red carpets around the globe.

But during his downtime he admits he's fascinated by less glamorous activities.

Johnny sat down for a video interview with Collider to talk about his obsession.

"I'm a complete and utter geek for old books," he said.

"First editions, or even something you find in a 99 cent bookstore. You find these great old paperbacks. the smell of them," he sniffed. "I'm a real geek over that stuff."

Apparently old books aren't the only items Johnny collects.

The 50-year-old actor reportedly told Business Standard in May he also has a collection of limited edition and special edition Barbie dolls.

A source purportedly close to the star said the stash includes figurines from High School Musical and others that resemble Beyoncé, Lindsay Lohan and Marilyn Monroe, among other stars.

"I've played with a lot of Barbies and Kens for my kids," Johnny said, humbly adding, "It's actually one of the things I'm good at."

Johnny is likely too busy at the moment to be concerned about Barbies or old books.

The star has four films in the works with releases scheduled through 2015.

He will star as Tonto in action adventure The Lone Ranger next month and is currently filming sci-fi drama Transcendence.

His film Into the Woods is currently in pre-production and will be followed by his role in as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean 5.

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