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Johnny Depp: Music as Second Career for Actors Is 'Sickening'

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Johnny Depp at the "Mortdecai" premiere in Hollywood on January 21, 2015. (Izumi Hasegawa/Ai Wire/Landov)

By    |   Friday, 23 Jan 2015 06:29 AM

Johnny Depp says he thinks it's "sickening" to see actors use their movie fame to try to make money as musicians – even though he's known to play the guitar when needed.

The actor made the surprising comments in Berlin before the world debut of his film "Mortdecai," reported the Australian Associated Press. Depp told reporters that while he has recorded with the Oasis and Marilyn Manson, he refuses to run out and start his own band to rake in on his movie success.

"That whole idea for me is a sickening thing, it's always just made me sick," said Depp. "I've been very lucky to play on friends' records and it's still going. Music is still part of my life. But you won't be hearing The Johnny Depp Band. That won't ever exist."

Depp's "Mortdecai" co-star Gwyneth Paltrow is one star whose acting has led her to dabble in music in "Country Strong" in 2010. Depp told reporters he'd rather perform music under the radar.

"The kind of luxury now is, anybody with a certain amount of success, if you have a kind of musical being, you can go out and start a band and capitalize on your work in other areas," said Depp.

"But I hate the idea, 'come see me play the guitar because you've seen me in 12 movies.'
It shouldn't be (that way). You want the people who are listening to the music to only be interested in the music," said Depp.

"Mortdecai," which also stars Paul Bettany, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn and Jeff Goldblum, opens in American theaters on Friday.

"'Mortdecai' is based on the first in a series of irreverent comic novels by Kyril Bonfiglioli. … Published in the 1970s, the books chronicle the amoral antics of aristocratic British art dealer Lord Charlie Mortdecai, who is aided on his drink-sodden adventures by his thuggish but resourceful and sexually irresistible manservant," wrote Stephen Dalton of The Hollywood Reporter.

Scott Mendelson of Forbes wrote that he had mixed feelings about Depp and "Mortdecai."

"'Mortdecai's' aims are small and its triumphs are equally small, but it works as a comedy, as a mystery, and as a farce," said Mendelson.


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