Ever the unconventional actor, no-one can accuse Johnny Depp of  “playing it safe” with movie roles; he has portrayed a transvestite B-movie Director, an alcoholic journalist, real-life drug lord, George Jung, a Mad Hatter, a pirate, a scientist, a 17th Century poet, a Detective Inspector on the trail of Jack The Ripper and a talking chameleon, to name but a few.

Depp’s latest effort, “Into The Woods” is scheduled for release in early 2015 and the trailer was unveiled last week. The musical fantasy is set in the alternative world of well-known and loved, Grimm’s Fairy Tales and stars Depp as The Wolf, opposite Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick and James Corden.

We take a look back at Depp’s career of some of our favourite colourful characters . . .

10. 21 Jump Street

Let’s start at the beginning . . . Before Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum began their beautiful bromance of guns and doves, Johnny was a baby-faced, James Dean wannabe with a greaser hairdo and a leather jacket on a mission to infiltrate high school drug lords, which explains why he popped up at the end of the film (something that went right over my head at the time!). It’s proof of why all your mothers were swooning over Depp long before Captain Jack Sparrow was even thought of!

9. The Rum Diary

An alcoholic journalist, a somewhat tame case for the man notorious for portraying psychos and transsexuals. It’s the closest a girl with a crush can come to a Depp-starring rom-com. Another product of famed novelist/journalist/junkie, Hunter S. Thompson, this madcap movie is where Depp met his now fiancee, Amber Heard and contains exemplary performances from Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Rislopi and Richard Jenkins. Not for the faint-hearted, the movie includes skinny dipping, 470% proof alcohol and why you should avoid the toilets frequented by sailors on the West side of the Candado Pier . Welcome To Puerto Rico . . . Come for the madness, stay for a drink.

8. The Corpse Bride

Johnny Depp trying to be Hugh Grant if he married a zombie. A perfect choice for fans of unorthodox love stories. It’s one of the many products of the Johnny Depp/Tim Burton romance, which of course means you will either love it or hate it. If you want to sing about how breathing’s overrated, here’s your movie. It does nothing to sell the institution of marriage.

7. Sleepy Hollow

“Heads Will Roll”. Not sure if a tagline to a horror is supposed to make you laugh, but they achieved it. In a clash of forensic science and mythology, Johnny is, surprisingly, the sane one. No, not the one on a horse taking off heads! Yeah, I’m shocked too. Christina Ricci should note that her platinum blonde locks takes decades off her.

6. Charlie & the Chocolate Factory

Remade in 2005 to allow the spirit of Roald Dahl to rest (he despised the original), Charlie & The Chocolate Factory is truer to the book than its predecessor; the all-singing, all-dancing, child-friendly Gene Wilder is replaced by an awkward, strange and sinister, Johnny Depp who fights vomit at the thought of family. RIP Roald Dahl.

5. Alice In Wonderland

From one hat-wearing oddball to another; Depp is perfect in the role of The Mad Hatter in Burton’s adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s children’s classic. A guy with so much “muchness” you couldn’t possibly forget him. I’ve got to admit, the world is starting to wonder why he is drawn to all the weirdest roles in Hollywood? A bit mad yourself, Johnny? As a Scot, the idea that Hatter becomes Scottish when angry is a little insulting, but I forgive that because it’s not a bad accent. I need to learn that dance for weddings.

4. Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas

Hunter S. Thompson movie #2. Playing the journalist junkie himself, Johnny now takes us on a long – ahem – “trip” through Las Vegas. The book doesn’t make much more sense than the film, but I think that’s exactly the point. It’s the movie for those not willing to try the real thing, but still curious. Have a drink with it and you might get the same effect. Warning: contains people transforming into an orgy of lizards.

3. Sweeney Todd

“Try the priest.” No, I don’t mean seek religious guidance. Well, maybe it’s not a bad idea after watching a musical about cannibalism. Just when you think Depp can’t get any more unorthodox in choosing roles; he plays cannibalistic killer/barber, Sweeney Todd in a musical version of this torrid tale, once again under the direction of Tim Burton. Depp proved that not only can he act, he can hold a show-tune as well.

2. Pirates Of The Caribbean

What is on your list for hottest guy? Eyeliner? Dreadlocks? A beard of tiny pigtails? Never knowing what he really means by what he says? No ability to stand upright or without swaying? Yeah, I didn’t think so. And yet on Halloween ’03, Jack Sparrows swarmed the streets, and we were glad. That takes something special, or a psychological condition within all females. The hottie light was clearly meant to be shone on Orlando Bloom, who was tragically cast into darkness standing next to eyeliner, dreadlocks and a beard of tiny pigtails . . . ? What is wrong with us, girls?

1. Edward Scissorhands

The weepy. The one everyone remembers. The one I first saw in Standard Grade English and had to study to disturbing revelations; there’s nothing so horrifying as having a teacher point out that the neighbour ladies are getting an orgasm from a haircut. I prefer to focus on the Kim/Edward relationship and the Frankenstein-esque father figure. A guy with scissors for hands? How do they come up with this stuff? And how does Johnny make us swoon no matter hos unusual the character? In case you’re tired of salivating over Johnny (as if!), there will be a dance production of Edward Scissorhands at The Theatre Royal in Glasgow this November. I’m intrigued as to how someone dances with giant metal fingers, I worry someone is going to lose an eye . . .

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