Team Angelina has a new member.
In the January issue of Vanity Fair, Johnny Depp tells rocker Patti Smith it was a "pleasant surprise" working with Angelina Jolie on their upcoming thriller, The Tourist (in theaters December 10).
"You don't know what she might be like -- if she has any sense of humor at all," the actor, 47, tells the mag of the star, who has six kids with beau Brad Pitt. "I was so pleased to find that she is incredibly normal, and has a wonderfully kind of dark, perverse sense of humor."
Depp, who has children Lily-Rose, 11, and Jack, 8, with girlfriend of 12 years Vanessa Paradis, even likens the Oscar winner, 35, to another film legend.
"I've had the honor and the pleasure and the gift of having known Elizabeth Taylor for a number of years," he says. "You you know, you sit down with her, she slings hash, she sits there and cusses like a sailor, and she's hilarious. Angie's got the same kind of thing, you know, the same approach."
The three-time Oscar nominee also admits he landed in acting as a fluke in his early twenties. "I had no desire, no interest, really in it at all," he says. "I was a musician and I was a guitarist, and that's what I wanted to do."
Depp now has a different idea about what he wants to tackle next. "[Marlon Brando said,] ‘Why don't you just take a year and go and study Shakespeare, or go and study Hamlet. . . and play that part,’" he tells the mag. "And I would like to. I'd really, really like to."