Johnny Depp came in May to play music in his group, Hollywood VampiresGetty Images
Unlike previous visits to Russia, Johnny Depp came in May not to promote a new movie but to play music in his group, Hollywood Vampires, together with Alice Cooper and Joe Perry.
This is hardly surprising because the group exists for already several years. More interesting was Depp’s tourist program in Moscow: he visited Lenin’s Mausoleum, took a photo at Stalin’s grave and went to the Mayakovsky Museum. One might call it “Depp’s Revolutionary tour” because all these names and places are related to that watershed period of Russian history a century ago.
Depp visited the Mausoleum on Red Square together with legendary Aerosmith musician Joe Perry, and he also posed for a picture at Joseph Stalin’s grave, who is buried by the Kremlin wall.
Judging by the reaction of Twitter users, not everyone in social media understood Depp’s interest in the founders of the Soviet state. Those whose personal pantheon doesn’t include the two Soviet leaders blamed Depp for making a wrong decision. Others, who visibly outnumbered their opponents, praised one of the “Hollywood Vampires” for his interest in Russian history and his supposedly true Russian outfit: a sailor shirt and a cloth cap.
As far as Stalin, that’s not the first time when media coupled the two names. Years ago, Depp was tapped to play the young Stalin in a movie. In fact, he was picked by British historian Sebag Montefiore who in 2008 reportedly signed a deal with Miramax studio on making a film based on his book, Young Stalin.
“If it's not done in Georgian [Stalin was an ethnic Georgian], Johnny Depp would be perfect for the lead role,” he said.
However, all we have today is just Depp's photo with Stalin’s bust; but there also was a
As far as Mayakovsky, the great Russian avant-garde poet of the early 20th century, Depp expressed interest in an interview in 2013, saying that he’d like “to walk the roads of Dostoevsky and Mayakovsky.” This time he managed to realize his intention partly with a visit to the Mayakovsky Museum.
Earlier, Johnny Depp used to come to Moscow to promote his moviesAlexey Kudenko/Sputnik
He wrote in the guest book that he was “completely humbled by… such proximity to the genius of Mayakovsky.” He characterized the poet as a man with “passion, drive, and a lot of strength.”
Regarding Dostoevsky, there seemed to be more reasons to expect a movie starring Depp based on the writer’s novel than with the young Stalin. They say that the success of Emir Kusturica’s “Black Cat, White Cat” prompted Hollywood producers to consider financing a movie based on “Crime and Punishment.”
Depp, who played in Kusturica’s “Arizona Dream,” would perform the role of Raskolnikov who plays bass in a punk Brighton Beach band.
Some years ago Depp said he’d also like to play Rasputin because “he's certainly a very unconventional character — a surprising, curious one. The incredible story of the man's life is so powerful!” Depp said.
The actor’s “Russian list” also includes Mikhail Bulgakov, whose characters Depp would like to bring to the silver screen.
In 2013, Depp was dating Hollywood star Amber
Johnny Depp at the Moscow premiere of "The Lone Ranger" in 2013AP
“There are some Slavic features… There is something deeply… [They are] beautifully sculpted, but with thousands and thousands of years of culture in their eyes. There is gravity in there, gravity in the eyes.”
Depp’s female fans might have heard these flattering comments. During the Hollywood Vampires concert in Moscow “thousands of years of culture” ended with a few bras flying on stage. Depp then put one on his guitar, and he also adorned his instrument with a rose thrown to him.
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