Depp: "I Was No Blockbuster Boy"
Johnny Depp, who had previously been known -- if he had been known at all -- for his quirky performances in such art-house faves as Edward Scissorhands, Benny & Joon, What's Eating Gilbert Grape?, and Ed Wood, has told a British interviewer that Pirates of the Caribbean "did a big flip for my career." Speaking to the London Daily Telegraph Depp described himself as "the guy who had been bouncing around the film industry for years and years and I'd been lucky if five or 10 people would see my movies." He indicated that producers had shied away from casting him in a major film because he wasn't "Blockbuster Boy." He said that he decided to take the original Pirates movie, which most entertainment writers had initially regarded as merely a promotion for Disney's theme-park ride, out of "pure instinct. I didn't know it was going to be such a huge hit." He added that he regards himself as "the luckiest guy in the world to have had such a great experience."