November 19, 2005

"I went there to live because it seemed so simple."

Johnny Depp wants out...



... of France. "It's insane."

33 comments:

Wade_Garrett said...

Blatant excuse to post shirtless Johnny Depp photo!

tefta said...

One sees why he would be drawn to the simple.

tiggeril said...

You mean bad things happen outside of the US?

Why, I never!

mrbungle2103 said...

Hey I've been to various parts of France and life is very simple. It really is quite like parts of the movie Chocolat in some places.

And yeah - clearly an excuse to post cheesecake shots of Depp.

Joan said...

I don't give a damn about the man's politics. He's my favorite (living) actor.

XWL said...

Why, lay off of poor Johnny, stupid politically, brilliant thespian-ly.

Speaking of scary medical moments and Johnny Depp, while undergoing an inguinal hernia repair (and seeing the opened flesh in the reflection of the surgeon's thick glasses, local anasthetic the whole time, never lost consciousness) he mentions that he thought I looked like Johnny Depp.

Rather than comforting or flattering, I was more of the mind that maybe I need a new surgeon if his eyesight is that poor.

k said...

gratuitous=appreciated in this context. I have just watched Charlie & the Chocolate Factory and have just fallen in love (as they say) all over again. Gratuitous! Ann.. Post more!! Man!! Yes.. Move back, Johnny! We will not burn your Citroen!! I may even go out to find this year's Beaujolais Nouveau, which I have avoided for years!! And it will not become the ... comment je sais? .. le Molotov cocktail....

miklos rosza said...

Truman Capote once did a riff about the intelligence of actors, postulating that maybe the dumber they are the better actors they can be, because of how they can empty themselves of their own personality. Something along those lines. He was starting with Marlon Brando.

thedragonflies.blogspot.com said...

I have a hard time watching Depp for two reasons. First, it seems to me that he stopped acting and went into posing and being beautiful on camera instead - became a star. Second, his politics is so putrid it is hard for me to see him as anhthing other than his public statements.

John Moreschi said...

I find it difficult to watch Depp for two reasons. First, it seems to me he has stopped acting and become a lovely model who poses beautifully for the camera. Second, his anti-Americanism is so vile all I can see when he is on the screen is his hatred of me.

John Moreschi said...

Oops, a double blog, sorry.

wildaboutharrie said...

I heard Keanu might be moving somewhere. Can you find a hot picture of him and post it?

DNR Mom said...

Saw the pic before the text. SO glad that's not the Althouse Man.

PatCA said...

k-

Skip the new Beaujolais, try "le molotov." A martini with a soupcon of flaming brandy on top...?

EddieP said...

Johnny Dope

Maybe he could find solitude for his family in Tehran or Damascus, or Beirut or Cairo, or Amman or Riyadh, or Islamabad or other places where the RoP reigns, since the US is such a vile place.

Brendan said...

Congrats on the gratuitous cheesecake photo.

Sally said...

Thank you Ann, a lovely photo!

David Thomson said...

Johnny Depp is only the beginning. France is dying. Many more of its residents will emigrate to more stable countries---like the allegedly reactionary United States. It is too late for the French to save themselves. Just do the math. There are simply too many Muslim youths that are out of control. They perhaps number in the hundreds of thousands. And yes, the authorities of this once great nation could kill them---but morally that might present a few problems of its own.

I briefly commented on the plight of Mr. Depp earlier today:

YARGB - Flares into Darkness: Will the Last French Resident Please Turn Off the Lights?

lindsey said...

John Malkovich also lived there with his French wife and their family. Because of post-911 events, the reaction toward the Iraq War in Europe, and just the general stink of the 1930s over there, he's left France as well. From what I read he left maybe a year or more before the riots. From past comments, it seems Malkovish, despite playing many bizarre and often depraved characters, hasn't forgotten his mid-Western roots. He also left because of taxes. How American!

lindsey said...

"They perhaps number in the hundreds of thousands. "

Honey, the Muslim population in France is 5 million+. They'd love to have a couple hundred thousand!

vbspurs said...

Hey I've been to various parts of France and life is very simple. It really is quite like parts of the movie Chocolat in some places.

You know, you can't get a more patriotic foreigner-turned-American than I (she says immodestly), but this is the kind of remark, at once unsophisticated and yet wholly innocent, that makes Americans look bad in conversation.

MrBungle, apologies in advance if I offend you and make assumptions about your nationality, but it's more a generalised observation than anything specific to you.

Cheers,
Victoria

vbspurs said...

Yay! I get to link to a blogpost which isn't mine, for a change.

The Politburo Diktat had a blogpost on this very topic earlier today, here.

Excerpt quoted by the Commissar:

"The FINDING NEVERLAND heart-throb moved to Europe when life in Los Angeles became too violent.
He has since divided time between the two continents - but he fears France will be scarred permanently by the current troubles.
He says, “It’s insane, that setting cars on fire is the new strike.
“I went there (to France) to live because it seemed so simple.
“Now it’s anything but. I don’t know how they’ll recover from this.”"


According to the article quoted, he moved to France because of the Rodney King riots in LA, leaving his Viper Room to associates.

(Marrying pop songstress, Vanessa Paradis, MIGHT have had something to do with it too)

Seems he likes to cut-and-run when the going gets tough, huh?

And I say this fully agreeing with the earlier comments above, when people mention, even if they dislike his politics, they love his acting.

For my money, he has more range than Sean Penn, the most talented actor of his Hollywood generation.

P.S.: Oh, and please read the upcoming Embracing the Infidel, a new book about the Muslim migration to the West, which I mentioned on (drum roll please) my blog Saturday. ;)

Cheers,
Victoria

David Thomson said...

“Honey, the Muslim population in France is 5 million+. They'd love to have a couple hundred thousand!”

I am chuckling to myself. Humorously, I was trying to be cautious with my original estimate. The French authorities can do no more than keep the lid on temporarily. Just think about the cars being destroyed. How does one earn a living in such an environment? Should you take the risk and purchase another vehicle? I would simply move out as soon as possible. Wouldn’t you? No, France is a dying country. I speak from experience. Many years ago, I was raised in the slums of Detroit, Michigan. Let me assure you---violence will rapidly destroy a neighborhood. Everybody loses hope. The winners move out leaving the so-called losers behind. The same thing is happening to France.

mrbungle2103 said...

Vbspurs - yeah, I'm not an American. Which i suppose just goes to show doesn't it?

marquisdesade said...

Wow, that's one well-sourced quotation.ukx

Ann Althouse said...

Victoria: You made me realize I'd forgotten to include the link in my post! At first, I was all why is she linking to someone who just linked to the same article I did?

Wade_Garrett said...

Women my age always complain when their boyfriends grow facial hair, and yet when Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Tom Brady etc grow facial hair, it doesn't cool their ardor any.

I've long suspected that if the guy is hot, it doesn't matter what he does with his facial hair, or even with his regular hair. Is this more or less accurate?

vbspurs said...

Vbspurs - yeah, I'm not an American. Which i suppose just goes to show doesn't it?

Oh these always-jumping-to-conclusion Brits. ;)

As a complete aside, I hated the movie, Chocolat. It was like watching a pratfall in slow motion.

Cheers,
Victoria

vbspurs said...

Victoria: You made me realize I'd forgotten to include the link in my post! At first, I was all why is she linking to someone who just linked to the same article I did?

Yeah, I suspected as much when I saw the pic, Ann.

I didn't want to correct, as I had just ridden Mr Bungle hard the post before.

People would be all like, what the hay, Vic -- who died and left you the resident Althouse proofreading critic? ;)

Cheers,
Victoria

Ann Althouse said...

Terrence: When a guy is as beautiful as Johnny Depp, he can add a lot of ugly touches before he's gone too far. It might even help take the edge of the pretty boy look. Still, I'd much prefer him without the facial hair.

Wade_Garrett said...

It seems as if, when I was a kid, all of the men who were widely lusted after (Tom Selleck, Sean Connery, Harrison Ford, Burt Reynolds, etc) were more macho, and most of them had mustaches. Today, women seem to prefer the pretty-boy look. Its not just Johnny Depp; look at People's world's sexiest men over the past five or six years. Is this just a change in what's fashionable? When you watch one of those films from the 80s, are those guys still hot? Or do they just look ridiculous today? I mean, Burt Reynolds looks like all five village people rolled into one, and yet he was a huge star and viewed as a heartthrob at the time. What's the story here?

Mellow-Drama said...

Matthew M. on the cover of the current People as the sexiest man - and his face is covered with hair!

I have noticed a switch away from the rugged macho type, but do not share the sentiment one bit.

XWL said...

I think the lack of 'rugged' leading men is partly a reflection of the growing lack of rugged men in the general population.

Rugged looking men grew up on farms and worked rugged, physical jobs. There are fewer rugged jobs given automation and machinery. Also you don't have to be as physically fit as you once did to be a farmer, plumber, lumberjack, longshoremen, etc.

IT workers aren't likely to appear rugged, even if they come from rugged stock and all their dads, grandpas, and great grandpas looked like Robert Mitchum.

And my theory regarding women forgiving facial hair on actors and encouraging their paramours to shave has to do with, how shall I put this, certain intimate activities that can become uncomfortable with a man who has bristly facial hair.

(Every women I've been in a long term relationship with liked the way I looked with facial hair but preferred that I shave anyway)