Johnny Depp has always been a big fan of his fellow actor christopher walken. So when Depp got the chance to act alongside his idol, it was an offer he couldn’t pass up. Even if it meant making a movie that he had reservations about.
Johnny Depp made ‘Nick of Time’ after everyone accused him of playing the weirdo
Just in time was a 1995 feature film starring Johnny Depp as an unwitting pawn in a plot to assassinate a prominent political figure. Their Just in time the role was a bit unconventional for Depp given the movies he usually chose at the time. Depp was primarily known for playing characters who stood out from most people in society in some way. But Just in time it had Depp playing the straight man.
In a 1995 interview with the washington postDepp stated that he took on the role with this reputation in mind.
“I liked the script,” Depp said. “I thought it was a good time to make a change. I figured I’d do something else after everyone accused me of playing weirdos. It was an opportunity to play the straight man. It’s really a challenge to do that: you have to keep the guy interesting. Is more difficult.
Johnny Depp once shared that he only did ‘Nick of Time’ so he could work with Christopher Walken
Years later, Depp explained a bit more why he decided to take on the role. Despite his reputation for playing offbeat characters, the actor didn’t want to add movies to his prolific filmography where he felt he had been sold. That is why he was hesitant to accept commercially more attractive projects. Just in time was the exception.
“I have tried things in the past where people thought I was trying to sell myself. For example, I made this movie. Just in time with [director]John Badham. I don’t know if the movie was particularly good, ”he once said in an interview with Gainesville.
But Depp was willing to put aside his reservations for the movie if it meant acting alongside one of Hollywood’s greatest actors.
“I made that film not for money, or not to sell. I didn’t think it was going to be successful at all. I didn’t care. I did it because I wanted to work with Christopher Walken and I wanted to work with John Badham. The script was very much like an old school Hitchcock movie. All those elements intrigued me, so I took it,” Depp said.
How Johnny Depp Responded To Fans Who Accused Him Of Selling Out On ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’
In the early 2000s, Depp joined the pirates of the Caribbean franchise. It would soon lead the Disney adventure film to become a multi-million dollar series. But similar to Just in time, some Depp fans would also accuse Depp of selling out due to his huge success. It was an accusation that Depp did not appreciate.
“I wouldn’t change a thing, no. Because I think I went into it innocently and it became what it became,” Depp once said. The Guardian of your decision to make pirates. “And now they want to take me down. Instantly, as soon as I did pirates II, they say, ‘Oh, it’s selling.’ What the hell does that mean about selling out? What if I did Ed Wood II, is it running out? I mean, it’s not like I was ever looking to become a franchise guy, I never looked to become anything like that. I just held on to a character that I loved.”