Belfast Telegraph

Depp: I don't get reality TV shows

Johnny Depp has revealed he cannot understand the success of reality TV.

The Pirates Of The Caribbean star admitted he is baffled by their popularity as he was interviewed by Iggy Pop for the April issue of Interview magazine.

"Everything can be a reality show now. People get famous for I-don't-know-what. People have reality shows because they're a Hollywood socialite, and these things become very successful," said the 50-year-old.

"And it's multiplying, to where you're literally looking into your next door neighbour's bathroom with reckless abandon. It is like watching a fire. You can't take your eyes off of it."

Johnny, who next stars in sci-fi thriller Transcendence, revealed he enjoys transforming himself with each character.

"I love the idea of changing my look. I think one owes it to the audience, to go out there and give them something different each time, so as not to bore them to death," he said.

"I always felt that if you're not trying something different each time out of the gate, you're being safe, and you don't ever want to find that place of safety. I like that, each time, before I even go in front of the cameras, the studio's reaction will be fear. I've always enjoyed hiding behind these characters. It's a strange thing, you're more comfortable as a character than you are in life."

The Oscar-nominated actor also revealed he is returning to music.

"I've been playing a lot of music lately. It's a real lifesaver, being able to focus on my first love. It's freedom," he said.

"I've been writing and recording with Ryan Adams a lot lately. Ryan is incredibly prolific and he's just a pure soul. Here and there I'm doing some stuff with Alice [Cooper], which is really fun. Also with Marcus Mumford, who's amazing."


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