Johnny Depp plays it his way
Updated 6/25/2006 11:37 PM ET

By Dan MacMedan, USA TODAY
The defiant one: Johnny Depp has had studio executives squirming over his interpretations of how characters should be played. But "you've got to do what you believe in," the actor says.

By Anthony Breznican, USA TODAY

LOS ANGELES — It is dangerous for a rebel to be loved too much.
Defiance is the troublemaker's oxygen, and the surprise of a great big bearhug from the mainstream powers-that-be can be enough to choke it right out. There's a temptation to bite the embracer's ear and wriggle free.
Johnny Depp, one of his generation's most iconoclastic actors, is in that situation now with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, the sequel to the 2003 blockbuster that earned him his first Oscar nomination and propelled him from cult star to cultural touchstone. The movie opens July 7 and is expected to be one of summer's biggest hits.

He was in more familiar territory four years ago, when the money men of the Walt Disney Co. were hopping from foot to foot in a nervous panic over his performance as a swishy swashbuckler in an expensive pirate movie based on an amusement park ride.

Depp now says he wonders what they expected.
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