Johnny Depp to Vanity Fair: Disney Couldn't Stand My 'Gay' Jack Sparrow

Johnny Depp graces the cover of the January issue of Vanity Fair--and in the accompanying interview the actor talks about avoiding the paparazzi with Angelina Jolie, the executives at Disney who didn't like his interpretation of Caption Sparrow in the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movies and how he almost became a musician instead of an actor. Rock legend Patti Smith, guest-writing for the magazine, conducted the interview.

"Meeting her and getting to know her was a real pleasant surprise," Depp reveals about Jolie, his co-star in 'The Tourist.' "You don't know what she might be like--if she has any sense of humor at all. I was so pleased to find that she is incredibly normal, and has a wonderfully kind of dark, perverse sense of humor."

More excerpts from the interview after the jump.

On avoiding the paparazzi while filming with Jolie:
"[Always] having to hide, sometimes not even being able to talk to each other in public because someone will take a photograph and it will be misconstrued and turned into some other sh--."

On Disney executives not liking his interpretation of Captain Sparrow:
"They couldn't stand him. They just couldn't stand him. I think it was Michael Eisner, the head of Disney at the time, who was quoted as saying, 'He's ruining the movie.'

"Upper-echelon Disney-ites, going, What's wrong with him? Is he, you know, like some kind of weird simpleton? Is he drunk? By the way, is he gay?... And so I actually told this woman who was the Disney-ite... 'But didn't you know that all my characters are gay?' Which really made her nervous."

On his many eccentric roles over his career:

"They're all still there, which on some level can't be the healthiest thing in the world.... I always picture it as this chest of drawers in your body--Ed Wood is in one, the Hatter is in another, Scissorhands is in another.... They're still very close to the surface."

On the music career he almost had:
"Going into acting was an odd deviation from a particular road that I was on in my late teens, early 20s, because I had no desire, no interest, really, in it at all. I was a musician and I was a guitarist, and that's what I wanted to do."

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