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There are cool dudes in the world, and then there's Johnny Depp. Women want him. Men want to be him. Heck, bizarre screen characters probably long for him to play them. The guy is that cool.
On Tuesday night's Jimmy Kimmel Live! (weeknights at 12 p.m. ET on ABC), the 48-year-old actor fielded Jimmy Kimmel's yippy questions with such aplomb, it was like watching a nerdy high school freshman try to talk to the school's mysterious loner. At one point, Kimmel introduced Depp to some of his professional impersonators (guys who make a living pretending to be Depp characters like Captain Jack Sparrow, Edward Scissorhands, the Mad Hatter and his current Dark Shadows character, Barnabas Collins). Watch the clip here:
He coolly responded to their "I love you, mans!" with polite thank yous, seeming only mildly bemused to meet these people who've devoted their lives to playing him. (But then, what could he say? Keep up the good work mimicking my work?)
Kimmel peppered Depp with questions about his famous friends -- men of equally iconic stature in the realm of hipness, like Hunter S. Thompson, Keith Richards and Marlon Brando. The always-endearing Kimmel brought to mind Chris Farley's infamous Saturday Night Live character, a celeb interviewer overwhelmed by his subjects' greatness.
"I hear Marilyn Manson performed at your son's 10th birthday party!" he says, and asks how the two met. (Answer: Manson was an extra on the set of 21 Jump Street.)
"Who was the most fun to hang out with?" asks Kimmel. (Answer: Thompson. "One minute you'd be building a propane tank bomb with nitroglycerin and shooting it with a nickel-plated twelve gauge shotgun," said Depp. "And the next minute you're careening down some strange road outside of Aspen, Colo., at high speed.")
Finally, Kimmel asks why Depp has chosen to play such an array of kooks on screen. "I think it's nice to escape a little bit," he replies. "The actor's responsibility to try something different every time out of the gate. You don't want to bore the audience."
Well, Johnny, there's certainly no risk of that.