Don Juan DeMarco

1995

Don Juan

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GENERAL INFORMATION

In this philosophical romantic comedy, a young man in a mask and cape (Johnny Depp) is brought to a psychiatric facility where he's placed under the supervision of Dr. Jack Mickler (Marlon Brando). The patient informs Mickler that he is the great lover Don Juan. Mickler has ten days to work with "Don Juan", after which he will either be released on medication or committed to a long-term stay in a mental hospital.

Director: Jeremy Leven

Cast: Johnny Depp, Marlon Brando, Faye Dunaway, Geraldine Pailhas, Bob Dishy, Rachel Ticotin, Talisa Soto

Awards & Nominations:

1996 ASCAP FILM AND TELEVISION MUSIC AWARDS:
Most Performed Songs from Motion Pictures: Bryan Adams, Robert John Lange, Michael Kamen for the song, "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?" (Won)

1996 ACADEMY AWARDS (OSCARS):
Best Music, Song: Michael Kamen, Bryan Adams, Robert John Lange (Nominated)

1996 BMI FILM & TV AWARDS:
Most Performed Song from a Film: Michael Kamen (Won)

1996 GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS:
Best Original Score, Motion Picture: Michael Kamen (Nominated)
Best Original Song, Motion Picture: Michael Kamen, Bryan Adams, Robert John Lange (Nominated)

1996 LONDON CRITICS CIRCLE FILM AWARDS:
Actor of the Year: Johnny Depp (Won)


ABOUT THIS MOVIE

(Compiled by Susan and Vicky)

Quotes from Johnny Depp:

"(Marlon Brando) is maybe the greatest actor of the last two centuries. But his mind is much more important than the acting thing. The way that he looks at things, doesn't judge things, the way that he assesses things. He's as important as, uh, who's important today? Jesus, not many people . . . Stephen Hawking!"
--Johnny Depp
Premiere Magazine
February, 1995

"When I read the script, all I kept seeing was Marlon Brando as the psychiatrist. So, when they asked me who I thought would be good in the role, I said Marlon Brando. They looked at me like I was insane."
--Johnny Depp
Sky Magazine
June, 1995

"Just the mention of name Marlon Brando makes you think about the myth and how huge it is. But I tell you, the first couple of times I spoke with him on the phone he was great. We had great talks and he just made me laugh. When it was finally time to go and meet him and talk about the film and get to know each other, I was real nervous on my way over to his house. But as soon as I saw him he instantly, magically, put me at ease, within two seconds of saying hello."
--Johnny Depp
Tropic (Miami Herald)
April 9, 1995

"It's a weird thing - I don't believe that any actor actually becomes their character. But the strange thing is that sometimes it does rub off on you. Being Don Juan 14 hours a day meant that, around 9pm, I would start-a-talking-like-a-thees [assumes dodgy Spanish accent] in a restaurant. It's weird. You have to whack yourself back to reality."
--Johnny Depp

"The whole idea of being Don Juan is so foreign to me that it's funny. Here's a man who says, 'I am the world's greatest lover' to every woman he meets, and he really means it. He believes it. I could never go up to a woman and say anything like that. I just couldn't [laughs]."
--Johnny Depp

"Before we met, I talked to (Brando) on the phone and then I went and had dinner at his house. I thought I was gonna be freaked out, but he put me at ease instantly. He's just a guy, just a man, who happens to be incredibly gifted and brilliant. He has an extraordinarily gifted mind, heart, body, all that."
--Johnny Depp
Empire Magazine
June 1995

"I think he's one of the greatest minds of this century, a genius. Brando never got caught up in the illusion. You go to a Hollywood function and there's fifty million teeth smiling and talking and chomping. It's all teeth and hands. Pats on the back. I know that 50 percent of the conversations I've had in this town didn't start because they thought I was a good guy. What can you do? There's a game to be played here. You can play it to the hilt and make shit-piles of money. I don't want to be ninety years old and look back and see how full of shit I was. The people I admire didn't do that."
--Johnny Depp

"I have been incredibly lucky to have worked with all these people (Jim Jarmusch, John Waters, Tim Burton, Marlon Brando, Martin Landau, Christopher Walken, Al Pacino...) Marlon has been beyond generous, as has Martin. Faye Dunaway is a kind of angel. I would be a complete fool not to be a sponge in the presence of these people. I have watched them like a hawk and picked their brains like a vulture. I could not have been luckier. I can't explain the luck, I never could."
--Johnny Depp

"Everybody looked at me like I was insane, but [Marlon Brando] is the one I kept seeing in that role when I read the script. I'm not sure I really would have quit, but I thought we should at least try to get him."
--Johnny Depp (on threatening to drop the project unless Brando was cast as Dr. Mickler.)
Knight-Ridder Newspapers
1995

"Don Juan believes in himself, in what he is and who he is, and I can relate to that. But at the same time, he's so foreign to me - this guy says, 'I am the world's greatest lover'. I mean, I could never say that. To tell you the truth, I think that everybody is nuts. Everybody is completely out of their heads most of the time."
--Johnny Depp
Tropic (Miami Herald)
April 9, 1995

"[Brando's] there for you. He's not like one of those people who are so serious about it all, who, when you're on the set, gives you this upright thing. He's a lot of fun. So you end up fooling around a lot and laughing and stuff like that. But it doesn't take away from the fact that he is very responsible in terms of what's necessary for the scene. He puts a lot of thought into it. You understand why he is as amazing as he is."
--Johnny Depp
Interview Magazine
December 1, 1995

"I felt an immediate connection with [Marlon Brando] because I was immediately comfortable. It's very rare [for me]. I can't explain why that is. "
--Johnny Depp
Interview Magazine
December 1, 1995

"My decision is that [Don Juan] was totally sane."
--Johnny Depp
Inside the Actor's Studio
September 8, 2002

"The most important thing that I learned working with Marlon [Brando] was to keep a straight face. I mean, it's almost impossible. That became the objective in a lot of the scenes, was just to get through the scene with out exploding 'cause Marlon is hilarious. He's hilarious. I mean, it's... he killed me. He was killing me."
--Johnny Depp
Inside the Actor's Studio
September 8, 2002

"I think what would probably make Juan a great lover is uh, being conscious of the other person and sort of trying to make, uh... Boy!, how do you say this stuff without getting filthy? Try to uh, take good care of them."
--Johnny Depp
MTV Movie Special
1995

"I just remember looking in a Geraldine's eyes when I was saying it when we were doing the scene, and she had the saddest look on her face when I said that, it really made me laugh. And the guy's telling her, ya know, I've had 1500 other lovers besides you and she's just got this, this sad look, it really made me laugh."
--Johnny Depp
MTV Movie Special
1995

"There are times when you're trying to get somewhere inside, but there's so much stuff going on around you -- the guy with the clapboard, the grip over there drinking coffee, the director going 'action' -- that you're just not ready. [Brando] was there for me then. He helps create an atmosphere that makes those moments easier. Even if it's just by laughing, talking, looking at you. He helped make scenes between the two of us totally private."
--Johnny Depp
Playboy Interview

"All the feelings are there: teacher and student, father and son. [Marlon Brando's] a hero."
--Johnny Depp
Playboy Interview

"Your brain won't acknowledge it. It's too much. You can't process the fact that these women are real and three-dimensional. It's like a huge painting -- you can't appreciate all the details at the same time."
--Johnny Depp (on the harem scene with 250 nude women)
Playboy Interview

"One of the last times we spoke, [Marlon Brando] was so giving, so affectionate, to the point where somewhere in your mind, you went: 'Oh, I hope everything is OK.' It triggered something. But [his death] was still a shock. We first met in 1994, when we did Don Juan DeMarco, and when we got together we were like children. We just laughed, over completely just stupid stuff: pee-pee, caca, fart stuff. He once told me he couldn't stand people that were afraid of silences. And he practised what he preached. We had great moments where we'd just sit and say nothing for an hour or two. Or there'd be a grunt or 'Look at that!' But nothing more."
--Johnny Depp
Rolling Stone
2005

Quotes from others:

"His childhood informs who he is, but his choice of roles is where he wants to live as an artist. Whatever has happened to Johnny Depp, this is what he in his own uniqueness made of it."
--Faye Dunaway

"Brando adores him. He loves Johnny's genuineness and modesty and that he is who he is. You're not a great actor like Brando for nothing, you know. He knows how to recognize a sham in any shape. (When Depp went through) this recent fracas in New York at the Mark, Brando called the police station, he called the hotel -- he called everybody! -- to do what he could do to be of help."
--Faye Dunaway
Premiere Magazine
February 1995

"(Johnny Depp is) uncorruptible -- he always believes in this pure way about love, ya know? He's got those kinds of values and it's all instinctive with him. This isn't something he's worked out in his head. I love that he believes in love."
--Faye Dunaway

"He's a greeaat kisser!"
--Faye Dunaway (on Johnny Depp)

"We were shooting this scene where Depp and Brando are standing on scaffolding 80 feet in the air and there is no question what is really going on up there. I was standing next to the director of photography, and we looked at each other at the same time and recognized what was happening. Marlon was passing the torch to Johnny. You could feel it in your bones. It was so obvious. Marlon was giving Johnny the room to be the next Marlon Brando. And you know something? I think Johnny can handle it."
--Jeremy Leven
Knight-Ridder Newspapers
1995

"I think Johnny is far and away the most talented of today's young actors. He is very much like Marlon on many fronts. They both have a 100 percent bull detector in that they know what is false and not working in a scene. They both have an incredible instinct for knowing what writing is all about. And then, of course, they both have a lot of turmoil inside."
--Jeremy Leven
Knight-Ridder Newspapers
1995

"I said, 'Sure, let's take it to Marlon Brando', and then we can move on and ask someone who would be serious about taking the role. The next thing I know, I'm sitting in Marlon's living room, and we're making a movie. I think he really liked Johnny."
--Jeremy Leven
Knight-Ridder Newspapers
1995

"He was so generous and happy [during the shoot] that he would give you the shirt right off his back. And I do mean that: he came into the makeup trailer for his daily regimen, and I commented that I liked his shirt. He took it off and gave it to me."
--Patty York, make-up artist
Vogue Magazine
September 1994

"Johnny is so totally different from most actors. He really likes who he is, and he's really secure in that. He treats other people the way he wants to be treated. That's why we stay with him."
--Ken Smiley, wardrobe
Vogue Magazine
September 1994

"Taped to the door of [Brandon's] trailer was a sign he had made 'Don't knock, the door is open, come on in'. One day Johnny got there before him, and took the hundreds of scarves that were used in the harem scene and hung them throughout Marlon's trailer. You couldn't move in that trailer without either brushing past a scarf or ending up with one clinging to you, but Marlon was quite taken with the bordello Johnny had created for him."
--Faye Dunaway
Depp by Christopher Heard