Sunday, August 16, 2015

Johnny Depp is the new Harrison Ford

And that's not a good thing.

Harrison Ford was seen as grounded, down to earth, trust worthy.

And then he became the poster child for middle age crisis.

He left his wife of many years to take up with Calista Flockhart and he never had a hit again.  His last hit, as he was leaving his first wife, was What Lies Beneath -- the film that he torments Michelle Pfeiffer in.

Audiences could suddenly buy Ford as a traitorous husband.

It's the only role they could buy him in.

Now he stars in one it's-going-to-be-a-comeback-film-honest bomb after another.

That's where Johnny Depp is now.


It doesn't help that his last inspired performance was in Ed Wood (1994) or that 52 is way too old to still being playing fey (what worked in Benny & Joon does not, clearly, work in Mortdecai).

But what's really hurting him is the 2012 dissolution of his partnership with Vanessa Paradis and taking up with 29-year-old Amber Heard (whom he married this year).

Twenty-three years his junior.

Johnny Depp's not supposed to be Mr. Mid-Life Crisis.

He's supposed to be the epitome of cool.

He's wrecked his own rep and he's not carried a hit film since leaving Paradis.

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