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Johnny Depp may be one of his generation's most sought-after movie stars, but he hasn't forgotten his teenage dreams of rock stardom: rumor has it that the Oscar nominee is starting his own record label. The U.K.'s The Sun claims that Depp, 47, has been sending talent scouts all over London searching for the next "it" band. "Johnny has always been passionate about music. He's taking a really hands-on approach to signing acts," said their source, who referred Depp's new imprint as Unison Music.
As any Johnny Depp fan knows, the actor has a lifelong passion for music. He dropped out of high school to be a garage-band guitarist, and pursued that dream until breakout roles in Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) and on TV's 21 Jump Street (1987) inspired him to pursue acting full-time. Depp still plays guitar, sometimes onscreen (remember his sexy guitar-strumming Gypsy in Chocolat?), and occasionally on an album (he's recorded with big-name musicians like Flea, The Pogues' Shane MacGowan and the U.K. band Oasis). He's called the Rolling Stones' Keith Richard his personal hero. And he recently helped produce a record with the band Babybird, which may have directly inspired the launch of his new label.
Starting a record label reflects Depp's passions, but still, we wonder: why now? Is it just us, or does Johnny Depp seem a little bored with acting? He's taken on very little recently outside of collaborations with BFF Tim Burton (director of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd and Alice in Wonderland) and the Pirates of the Caribbean sequels (No. 4 is in the works). Depp's always marched to the beat of his own drummer, and maybe that drummer is getting tired of playing Hollywood's tune. Or maybe, now that he's close to 50, Depp wants to be more of a behind-the-scenes power player; in addition to starting a record label, the actor revealed in February that he's trying his hand at being a documentary filmmaker.
Then again, he also makes wine and paints. Maybe he's just a true Renaissance Man!
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