Johnny Depp: Famous Actors Who Pursue Music Careers Are “Sickening”

Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp is not a fan of other actors who sing. Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

Johnny Depp has little patience for orchestrated double threats.

The Mortdecai actor, 51, sounded off this week on the practice of famous actors translating their notoriety into opportunities for a music career. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Depp made his distaste for the practice clearly known when speaking to reporters in Berlin. 

"That whole idea for me is a sickening thing, it's always just made me sick," the Oscar-nominated star said of actors going for more with shallow singing pursuits. 

"I've been very lucky to play on friends' records and it's still going," added Depp, who is himself a musician on the side, performing with the likes of Oasis, Iggy Pop, Marilyn Manson, and recording songs for his movie's soundtracks like Chocolat and Into the Woods. "Music is still part of my life… But you won't be hearing The Johnny Depp Band. That won't ever exist."

Stars from Lindsay Lohan to Macaulay Culkin to Tony Danza to Eddie Murphy to Minnie Driver have been guilty of said process, debuting records long after they were established actors. 

"The kind of luxury now is, anybody with a certain amount of of success, if you have a kind of musical being, you can go out and start a band and capitalize on your work in other areas," Depp continued. "But I hate the idea, 'Come see me play the guitar because you've seen me in 12 movies.' It shouldn't be [that way]. You want the people who are listening to the music to only be interested in the music." 

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