Now the contrary nature of Depp’s choices — the more freakish and less handsome, the more he likes the part — is starting to seem like a form of career Tourette’s.
Yeah, we know he can play flakes and nut jobs. But he has only a few years left of enjoying leading-man looks before he’ll be stuck playing Jennifer Lawrence’s dad. Why not deliver movie-star glamour?
Do something that’s really challenging — quietly carrying a picture as a detective or a soldier, like Harrison Ford or Humphrey Bogart used to do? Only occasionally has Depp even tried to play a relatively relatable human, and he’s never quite brought it off, at least not in a film that really connected with audiences.