Johnny Depp lived from giant paycheck to giant paycheck, apparently

It's perhaps been apparent for some time that Johnny Depp, Hollywood's fifth-highest paid actor, has had financial difficulties. Now, thanks to e-mails released by the former managers Depp is now suing, we get to learn more details—and how it's possible that a $20 million paycheck just can't pay the bills.

In January, Depp sued the Management Group for more than $25 million, alleging fraud, failure to pay his taxes on time, and breach of contract, among other claims. TMG countersued later that month, alleging that it cost $2 million per month to fund Depp's lifestyle, and in a new filing said that Depp and his confidants were fully aware of his financial situation.

"Depp's motive is obvious," reads the motion (which Deadline links to in full), which opposes Depp's lawyers alleged attempt to block subpoenas for documents "critical" to the case. "He knows full well that responsive documents from his agent and lawyer are so relevant that they will devastate his case and reveal him to have publicly lied about his supposed lack of knowledge regarding his finances, including the loans that he entered into to fund his $2 million per month lifestyle." (Vanity Fair has reached out to Depp's legal team for comment.)

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 23: Actor Johnny Depp attends the premiere of Disney's 'Alice Through The Looking Glass' at the El Capitan Theatre on May 23, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Boardman/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 23: Johnny Depp attends the premiere Of Disney's 'Alice Through The Looking Glass' at the El Capitan Theatre on May 23, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 23: Actor Johnny Depp arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere 'Alice Through The Looking Glass' at the El Capitan Theatre on May 23, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: Johnny Depp attends the European Premiere of 'Alice Through The Looking Glass' at Odeon Leicester Square on May 10, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: (L to R) Mia Wasikowska, Sacha Baron Cohen and Johnny Depp attend the European Premiere of 'Alice Through The Looking Glass' at Odeon Leicester Square on May 10, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage)
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard pictured on arrival to Southport Magistrates Court on April 18, 2016 in Southport, Queensland.
US actor Johnny Depp gestures during his photo call in Tokyo on January 28 2015. Depp attended the Japan premiere of his latest action comedy movie 'Mortdecai' on January 27 which will be screened in Japan from February 6. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA (Photo credit should read TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 2: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) American actor Johnny Depp, dressed as 'Captain Jack Sparrow', greets locals at Cleveland in Redland City, Queensland, after a day of filming 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales'. (Photo by Peter Wallis/Newspix/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 21: Actor Johnny Depp attends the premiere of Lionsgate's 'Mortdecai' at TCL Chinese Theatre on January 21, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
LONDON - JANUARY 10: Johnny Depp attends the Sweeney Todd film premiere held at the Odeon Leicester Square on January 10, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/WireImage)
POMPANO BEACH, FL - AUGUST 29: Johnny Depp greets fans after performing as part of the Sheila Witkin Memorial Reunion Concert at Club Cinema on August 29, 2008 in Pompano Beach, Florida. (Photo by Mike Franklin/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD - FEBRUARY 24: Actor Johnny Depp and singer Vanessa Paradis attends the 80th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre on February 24, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
FRANCE - MAY 10: Festival of Cannes 97: Walking up the red-carpeted steps for 'The brave' in Cannes, France on May 10, 1997 - Kate Moss, Johnny Depp. (Photo by Pool APESTEGUY/BENAINOUS/DUCLOS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Johnny Depp and Kate Moss during 'Donnie Brasco' Premiere at Century City Cineplex Odeon Cinemas in Century City, California, United States. (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
Actor Johnny Depp (R) kissing girlfriend, supermodel Kate Moss (L). (Photo by Rose Hartman/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
Actor Johnny Depp attends the cast of 'Benny & Joon' present Planet Hollywood with memorabilias from the film on March 22, 1993 at Planet Hollywood, California.
BEVERLY HILLS,CA - MARCH 25: Actor Johnny Depp attends the 'Benny & Joon' Beverly Hills Premiere on March 25, 1993 at the WGA Theatre in Beverly Hills, California. (photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
CENTURY CITY,CA - FEBRUARY 1: Actress Winona Ryder and actor Johnny Depp attend 'The Silence of the Lambs' Century City Premiere on February 1, 1991 at Cineplex Odeon Century Plaza Cinemas in Century City, California. (photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actors Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder. (Photo by Time Life Pictures/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 01: Johnny Depp and Guest (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
1995 file photo of Johnny Depp & Kate Moss (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
1988 File Photo of Johnny Depp at the Nosotros Benefit in Los Angeles, California taken May 13, 1988 in Los Angeles, California (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
Nicolas Cage & Johnny Depp (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
Actor Johnny Depp attends the 18th Annual Los Angeles Police/Celebrity Golf Tournament on May 14, 1988 at Rancho Park Golf Course in Los Angeles, California.
SHERMAN OAKS,CA - DECEMBER 13: Actor Dustin Nguyen, actor Johnny Depp and actor Peter DeLuise attend the FOX Television Stars Feed the Homeless on December 13, 1987 at Sherman Oaks Galleria in Sherman Oaks, California. (photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - FEBRUARY 24: Actor Johnny Depp and singer Vanessa Paradis attend the 80th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre on February 24, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 22: Matthew Perry and Johnny Depp in New York to promote their first network series on the Fox Network in 1987 (Photo by Vinnie Zuffante/Getty Images)
Johnny Depp and his girlfriend Vanessa Paradis arrive for the Los Angeles premiere of the movie 'Sleepy Hollow' November 17, 1999. (Photo by Brenda Chase/Online USA/Newsmakers)
HERBORN, GERMANY - MAY 29: Actor/Musician Johnny Depp of Hollywood Vampires performs onstage at Hessentags-Arena during the 56th Hessentag on May 29, 2016 in Herborn, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
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In one of the e-mails released with the filing, Depp's business manager Joel Mandel told Depp's sister Christi Dembrowski that her brother's account was $4 million overdrawn. In another message to Depp himself, Mandel wrote asking him to limit his Christmas spending and set up a plan for repaying debts. In his response the next day, Depp suggested that an upcoming $75 million in paychecks could set thing straight. That's $75 million for, yes, three films.

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"first, thank you for dealing and getting me through. secondly, i am doing my very best on holiday spending, but there is only so much i can do, as i need to give my kiddies and famille as good a Christmas as possible, obviously within reason. but, regarding the plane situation,., i don't have all that many options at the moment. a commercial flight with paparazzis in tow would be a fucking nightmare of monumental proportions.

"forget the dillinger auction. don't need it.

"know that i will be starting THE TOURIST, on or about the 15th of february; which will be 20 mil. i will then go, virtually, straight into PIRATCS 4, for 35 mil and then in turn to DARK SHADOWS for another 20 mil. i hope that by the amount that will be coming in from work in the coming year and also from back end proceeds, etc., will put everything straight.

"what else can i do??? you want me to sell same art??? i will. you want me to sell something else??? sure... what??? boat is going to be chartered at new years and sony will then charter it for the TOURIST shoot in venice. other than that, i got bikes, cars, property, books, paintings and some semblance of a soul left, where would you like me to start???

"i don't like being in this situation, but there wasn't a whole lot of choice, as THE RUM DIARY was a sacrifice we knew would be happening and the last proper paycheck was PUBLIC ENEMIES.

i will do my best, joel.

my love to you and yours=

Johnny"

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BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 15: Actors Amber Heard (L) and Johnny Depp attend the 'Black Mass' Boston special screening at the Coolidge Corner Theatre on September 15, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images for Warner Brothers)
US actor Johnny Depp (L), accompanied by his fiancee US actress and model Amber Heard (R), arrive at Tokyo International Airport on January 26, 2015 for the Japan premiere of his latest movie 'Mortdecai'. The action comedy movie will be screened in Japan from February 6. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are seen at 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on January 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 19: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard attend the UK Premiere of 'Mortdecai' at Empire Leicester Square on January 19, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 10: Honoree Amber Heard (L) and actor Johnny Depp attend the 8th Annual HEAVEN Gala presented by Art of Elysium and Samsung Galaxy at Hangar 8 on January 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Art of Elysium)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard attend the 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are married!The lavish island wedding is still to come, but People reports that The Rum Diary co-stars made it official Tuesday, marrying each other at their home in Los Angeles.People reports that Depp, 51, and Heard, 28, signed the papers to become man and wife in advance of their ceremony this weekend on Depp's private island in the Bahamas.The couple got engaged over the holidays in 2012 after meeting on the set of The Rum Diary in 2011.
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Actor Johnny Depp (L) and his fiancee actress Amber Heard arrive at the premiere of Relativity Media's '3 Days To Kill' at the Arclight Theatre on February 12, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 19: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard attend the UK Premiere of 'Mortdecai' at Empire Leicester Square on January 19, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 19: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard attend the UK Premiere of 'Mortdecai' at Empire Leicester Square on January 19, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 10: (L-R) Johnny Depp and Amber Heard attend the Art of Elysium and Samsung Galaxy Marina Abramovic's HEAVEN Gala at Hangar 8 on January 10, 2015 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
US actress and model Amber Heard, accompanied by her fiance US actor Johnny Depp (unseen), arrives at Tokyo International Airport on January 26, 2015 for the Japan premiere of his latest movie 'Mortdecai'. The action comedy movie will be screened in Japan from February 6. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 19: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard attend the UK Premiere of 'Mortdecai' at Empire Leicester Square on January 19, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 19: (EDITORS NOTE: Retransmission of #461785548 with alternate crop.) Johnny Depp and Amber Heard attend the UK Premiere of 'Mortdecai' at Empire Leicester Square on January 19, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard attend the 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 19: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard attend the UK Premiere of 'Mortdecai' at Empire Leicester Square on January 19, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
US actor Johnny Depp (L) jokes with fiancee US actress and model Amber Heard (R) as they arrive for the UK premiere of the film 'Mortdecai' in London on January 19, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 19: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard attend the UK Premiere of 'Mortdecai' at Empire Leicester Square on January 19, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 10: Actor Johnny Depp and actress Amber Heard arrive at The Art Of Elysium 8th Annual Heaven Gala at Hangar 8 on January 10, 2015 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 19: Actors Johnny Depp (L) and Amber Heard attend the UK Premiere of 'Mortdecai' at Empire Leicester Square on January 19, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 10: Actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard attend the 8th Annual HEAVEN Gala presented by Art of Elysium and Samsung Galaxy at Hangar 8 on January 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Art of Elysium)
TOKYO, JAPAN - JANUARY 26: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are seen upon arrival at Haneda Airport on January 26, 2015 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/GC Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - JANUARY 26: Amber Heard is seen upon arrival at Haneda Airport on January 26, 2015 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/GC Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 10: Actors Johnny Depp (L) and Amber Heard attend the The Art Of Elysium 8th Annual Heaven Gala at Hangar 8 on January 10, 2015 in Santa Monica, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 10: Actor Johnny Depp and actress Amber Heard arrive at The Art Of Elysium 8th Annual Heaven Gala at Hangar 8 on January 10, 2015 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are seen at 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on January 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 10: Honoree Amber Heard (L) and actor Johnny Depp attend the 8th Annual HEAVEN Gala presented by Art of Elysium and Samsung Galaxy at Hangar 8 on January 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Art of Elysium)
Actor Johnny Depp attends the cast of 'Benny & Joon' present Planet Hollywood with memorabilias from the film on March 22, 1993 at Planet Hollywood, California.
BEVERLY HILLS,CA - MARCH 25: Actor Johnny Depp attends the 'Benny & Joon' Beverly Hills Premiere on March 25, 1993 at the WGA Theatre in Beverly Hills, California. (photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 01: Johnny Depp and Guest (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
1988 File Photo of Johnny Depp at the Nosotros Benefit in Los Angeles, California taken May 13, 1988 in Los Angeles, California (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
Nicolas Cage & Johnny Depp (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
Actor Johnny Depp attends the 18th Annual Los Angeles Police/Celebrity Golf Tournament on May 14, 1988 at Rancho Park Golf Course in Los Angeles, California.
SHERMAN OAKS,CA - DECEMBER 13: Actor Dustin Nguyen, actor Johnny Depp and actor Peter DeLuise attend the FOX Television Stars Feed the Homeless on December 13, 1987 at Sherman Oaks Galleria in Sherman Oaks, California. (photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
POMPANO BEACH, FL - AUGUST 29: Johnny Depp greets fans after performing as part of the Sheila Witkin Memorial Reunion Concert at Club Cinema on August 29, 2008 in Pompano Beach, Florida. (Photo by Mike Franklin/FilmMagic)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 22: Matthew Perry and Johnny Depp in New York to promote their first network series on the Fox Network in 1987 (Photo by Vinnie Zuffante/Getty Images)
LONDON - JANUARY 10: Johnny Depp attends the Sweeney Todd film premiere held at the Odeon Leicester Square on January 10, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 10: Johnny Depp; Amber Heard attend the The Art Of Elysium 8th Annual Heaven Gala at Hangar 8 on January 10, 2015 in Santa Monica, California.(Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 10: Actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard arrive at The Art Of Elysium's 8th Annual Heaven Gala at Hangar 8 on January 10, 2015 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 10: Honoree Amber Heard (L) and actor Johnny Depp attend the 8th Annual HEAVEN Gala presented by Art of Elysium and Samsung Galaxy at Hangar 8 on January 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Art of Elysium)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 10: Actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard arrive at The Art Of Elysium's 8th Annual Heaven Gala at Hangar 8 on January 10, 2015 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 10: Honoree Amber Heard (L) and actor Johnny Depp attend the 8th Annual HEAVEN Gala presented by Art of Elysium and Samsung Galaxy at Hangar 8 on January 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Art of Elysium)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 10: Actor Johnny Depp (L) presents the Spirit of Elysium award to honoree Amber Heard during the 8th Annual HEAVEN Gala presented by Art of Elysium and Samsung Galaxy at Hangar 8 on January 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Art of Elysium)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard attend the 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard arrives at the '3 Days To Kill' at ArcLight Cinemas on February 12, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Actor Johnny Depp kisses actress Amber Heard as they attend the US premiere of '3 Days To Kill,' at Arclight Cinemas, February 12, 2014 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Actor Johnny Depp and actress Amber Heard attend the US premiere of '3 Days To Kill,' at Arclight Cinemas, February 12, 2014 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
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In 2011, Depp explained to Vanity Fair that he had accepted the bloated paychecks solely for the sake of his two children with Vanessa Paradis,Lily-Rose, who is now 18, and Jack, now 15. "Basically, if they're going to pay me the stupid money right now, I'm going to take it," he said. "I have to. I mean, it's not for me. Do you know what I mean? At this point, it's for my kids. It's ridiculous, yeah, yeah. But ultimately is it for me? No. No. It's for the kids."

In the process of its countersuit against, Depp, TMG claims that Depp's personal expenses included $5 million "to blast from a specially made cannon the ashes of author Hunter Thompson over Aspen, Colorado," and $30,000 worth of wine per month, which "he had flown to him from around the world for his personal consumption." He has also paid $7 million to Amber Heard, his ex-wife whose allegations of domestic abuse were widely reported in 2016.

Depp has endured a series of big-budget setbacks of late as well, including Dark Shadows, The Lone Ranger,Mortdecai, and Alice Through the Looking Glass (these setbacks didn't stop Warner Bros. from giving him a small cameo in the first film of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them franchise). The latest Pirates of the Caribbean, for which he earned $20 million plus a percentage of the film's profits, has thus far made $651 million worldwide.

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Cry-Baby (1990)

Depp played the title character in John Waters’ 1950s parody, which successfully spoofed both Elvis Presley and the ’70s juvenile delinquent film Scared Straight! His character was named for his uncanny ability to shed a single tear whenever he became emotional.

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

In his first collaboration with Tim Burton, Depp played a shy, artificial man named Edward, whose creator passed away before he was able to give him a set of human hands, leaving him with gigantic scissors instead. Luckily, Edward finds a career as a hedge trimmer and hair stylist.

Benny & Joon (1993)

Eccentric silent-screen icon Buster Keaton was the inspiration for Depp’s role as Sam in this charming story of an oddball drifter who falls for a woman emotionally detached from the world around her.

Ed Wood (1994)

Depp showed his comedic chops with his over-the-top portrayal of 1950s cult movie auteur and self-proclaimed transvestite Ed Wood, who many in Hollywood regard as the worst director of all time. Burton, Depp’s longtime partner in weird, directed the biopic for their second collaboration.

Don Juan DeMarco (1994)

Depp charmed audiences with his portrayal of a young man convinced he’s actually the fabled Spanish lover Don Juan. Set in modern day New York, “Don Juan” finds himself instantly enamored with nearly everyone who crosses his path at a mental institution.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

Depp continued to expand his horizons, taking audiences on a trippy, mescaline-laced walk on the wild side for this film, in which he played a high Hunter S. Thompson on an outrageous adventure in the desert.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

Never one to embrace big-budget studio pictures, the role of Captain Jack Sparrow in the film based on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney theme parks allowed Depp to do just that. Though most would probably wager that the opportunity to tap into his inner Keith Richards is the real reason why Depp took the part.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

Depp took a risk reprising the role of Willy Wonka made famous by Gene Wilder in the 1971 classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The reviews were mixed (Wilder panned it), as Depp straddled the line between affable and eerie.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

The dark Stephen Sondheim musical directed by (who else?) Burton centers on Depp as Sweeney Todd, a barber out for revenge against any and all who have wronged him.

Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Depp’s version of the tea-guzzling, colorful carpetbagger known as Tarrant Hightopp (the Mad Hatter) is sneering and eccentric, and undoubtedly one of his most humorous onscreen creations to date.

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