“Johnny Depp: Unlikely Superstar” by Sean Smith Analysis

In this profile, Sean Smith interestingly analyzes Johnny Depp’s life in a certain angle and with a certain method. The profile starts out introducing what is most important in his life, fatherhood. In an interview with Johnny Depp, Depp states that after his daughter was born “The real [him] was revealed” (Smith 860). With that quote, Smith expounded on his profile. He analyzes Depp’s different personalities that were displayed on television and how it has progressed over the years. Smith uses not only statements of his opinion, or Depp’s word in their interview, he also uses facts about him, and experts comments based on their experience with him. Depp was considered “almost pathologically unpredictable” (Smith 861). Therefore, throughout the entire passage, the focus was on “Who is the real Johnny Depp, and how does he come to that discovery?” Smith’s essay displays the function of what a profile should entail. It reveals something about the subject that we may have not known. Smith goes into detail about his background on how he grew up and became an actor. What is significant about this profile is that, as great and as popular as he was (which was shown through Smith’s statistics of him), one did not know how unhappy and unfulfilled he felt. He was displaying so many characters successfully, but known of the characters displayed him. He was not swayed by the money or fame. Tim Burton states that, “He’s always been true to who he is” (Smith 863).  Smith uses many quotes from people who have worked with him to further explain how angry he felt as an actor. He only felt satisfied after he met his wife and had his two children. Smith uses Depp’s quote to emphasize this change in perspective, “Now I know where home is” (Smith 865). Lastly, Smith not only uses words, but also actions to enhance the purpose of his profile. Since Depp felt his true identity was shown through the Pirates of Caribbean” movie, Smith pointed out that, “He smiles, a flash of gold” (Smith 867). This wrapped back to the beginning of the profile, where it answers the previous question of, “Who is truly Johnny Depp?” Johnny Depp truly feels like himself when entertaining children as a pirate, ever since he married the true love of his life and had his son and daughter.

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4 thoughts on ““Johnny Depp: Unlikely Superstar” by Sean Smith Analysis

  1. I love how you are able to perfectly describe the significance of the profile of Johnny Depp in one sentence, ” He was displaying so many characters successfully, but known of the characters displayed him.” This is supported throughout the various information Smith gathers about Depp.

  2. Good job including a lot of quotes from the article in your analysis! I also really liked how Smith not only used words, but also actions to enhance the purpose of his profile.

  3. I agree that Smith emphasizes how important fatherhood is to Depp and how it changed him as a person. He also does a good job showing how this changed him. I also agree that he talks a lot about Depp’s different personalities in acting, comparing Depp to himself.

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