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Johnny Depp Not a Fan of Actors Who Try to Be Rock Stars: ‘It’s Always Just Made Me Sick’


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Johnny Depp is throwing shade at actors and actresses who use their fame to become recording artists.

In interviews before the world premier of his new movie, “Mordecai“, Depp told reporters in Berlin, “That whole idea for me is a sickening thing, it’s always just made me sick.”

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Depp continued:

“I’ve been very lucky to play on friends’ records and it’s still going. Music is still part of my life.


But you won’t be hearing The Johnny Depp Band. That won’t ever exist.”

Depp, who plays guitar, has recorded with Oasis, jammed with The Black Keys at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards, and even performed on stage with Marilyn Manson in November.

So I guess, according to Depp, actors can dabble in music, but not try to make a career out of it?

“The kind of luxury now is, anybody with a certain amount of of success, if you have a kind of musical being, you can go out and start a band and capitalize on your work in other areas.


But I hate the idea, ‘come see me play the guitar because you’ve seen me in 12 movies’.


It shouldn’t be (that way). You want the people who are listening to the music to only be interested in the music.”

Depp’s Mordecai co-star Gwyneth Paltrow is among the guilty. Also, Bruce Willis, Keanu Reeves, Russell Crowe…

Oh wait, what about Jared Leto from 30 Seconds to Mars? Does he make Johnny Depp sick too? Although, according to Leto’s IMDb page, he actually wanted to be a musician first and just take acting gigs on the side.

What do you think? Is Depp right– should actors stick to acting and not try to be rock stars?

Here’s some performances of those who tried to make the cross-over.

Bruce Willis released two albums in the ’80s and toured with the Bruce Willis Blues Band as recently as last year. Here they are performing “Devil Woman” in 2008.

Keanu Reeves‘ band Dogstar, for which he played bass and provided backup vocals, got opening gigs for David Bowie, Weezer, and Bon Jovi. Here’s the band’s first music video, released in 1993, for a song called “Ride”.

Russell Crowe, star of “Gladiator” and 2014′s “Noah” formed  30 Odd Foot of Grunts in 1992. He performed lead vocals and guitar. Here’s 30 Odd Foot of Grunts in action in the music video for “Sail Those Same Oceans”.

Which brings us to Jared Leto, who started his acting career in television in the early ’90s. Known for his roles in “My So Called Life” and “Dallas Buyers Club“, Leto formed 30 Seconds to Mars in 1998. Here is “Up in the Air” from the band’s 4th album, 2013′s “Love, Lust, Faith, and Dreams.”




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