The Libertine

2006

John Wilmot
Second Earl of Rochester

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GENERAL INFORMATION

As the celebrated writer and bad boy John Wilmot, second Earl of Rochester, Johnny Depp brings to life a decadent 17th century London. There, Wilmot falls passionately in love with his aspiring actress muse (Samantha Morton), but is cast from the heights of privileged society when he scandalizes King Charles II (John Malkovich) with a shockingly audacious play. At the depths of ruin, the rebel seeks redemption on his own terms.

Director: Laurence Dunmore

Cast: Johnny Depp, Tom Hollander, Shane MacGowan, John Malkovich, Samantha Morton, Rosamund Pike, Johnny Vegas

Awards & Nominations:

2005 BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS:
Best Supporting Actress/Actor: Rosamund Pike (Won)
Best Actor: Johnny Depp (Nominated)
Best British Independent Film (Nominated)
Best Director: Laurence Dunmore (Nominated)
Best Supporting Actress/Actor: Tom Hollander (Nominated)
Best Technical Achievement, Production Design: Ben van Os (Nominated)
Most Promising Newcomer: Rupert Friend (Nominated)
Douglas Hickox Award: Laurence Dunmore (Nominated)


ABOUT THIS MOVIE

(Compiled by Sophie, Patricia)

Quotes from Johnny Depp:

"...Basically [Wilmot] drank himself to death and shagged himself to death. But what fascinated me was how did he arrive at that place? Was his drinking recreational? Certainly not. Was his sex recreational? Certainly not. He was a very complicated man."
--Johnny Depp
BBC Interview
2005

"I got the opportunity to go to the British Library and peruse his letters, and that opened up a whole new side to him for me. He was a deeply caring father; deeply caring husband; wrote deeply moving letters to the women in his life. But he was just deeply plagued with, and tormented by, pains in his life. He medicated himself to such a degree that it took him down a nasty road."
--Johnny Depp
BBC Interview
2005

"I did my best to bring to life a guy that I had read about and tried to do him some justice. He's had a tarnished image and has been written off as a has-been for centuries - a debauched, drunken satirist, hedonistic. Those things might have been ingredients but there was far more to him than that."
--Johnny Depp
BBC Interview
2005

"For me, Rochester was a great poet and an overlooked poet from... he was, he was really, really important in terms of British literature, in terms of literature itself. But he was kind of overlooked because he was, was written off in a lot of ways as a satirist or a pornographer or whatever. He was a guy who was, I think, probably, at least two or three hundred years ahead of his time."
--Johnny Depp

"I think [Rochester] does exist in a lot of different forms. He existed in the form of Jack Kerouac. He existed in the form of Oscar Wilde, Shane MacGowan, Allen Ginsberg. I could keep going. Even going back to French: Francois Villon, Jean Cocteau. Yeah, I think there's a lot of Rochester's out there."
--Johnny Depp

"I think one of the things, like, if you look at it on the surface, it is very easy to say, 'Well, I don't like the guy,' because he is mean to people. But you have to take that and kind of split it open and look at it, dissect it and go, 'Is he being mean to people or is he just being honest?' You know, and that was his problem, I think, more than anything. He had an obsession with the truth, with honesty, and couldn't support anything that was even remotely felt fraudulent."
--Johnny Depp, on Rochester's appeal

"Yeah I got a phone call from John [Malcovich] about 10 years ago and he asked me if I would come to see in the play him on stage in Chicago. So I went, I had no idea why he asked me to go, I went watched the play and loved it. Then we went to dinner afterwards and he said I would like you to play the part. Which was shocking because he was so brilliant on stage and my reaction was something like, 'Why don't you do it?' Then he said, 'because I want you to' and that was it, I was in, and it took us 10 years to get it off the ground."
--Johnny Depp

"[Wilmot was] a human being, multi-layered, complicated, a loving father and a confused and tormented husband. He could not tolerate a lie. And I salute that!...He was a very tortured man."
--Johnny Depp

"Well, it's certainly one of those things that I felt a connection to. Life's too short to sort of swim around in lies. Just try to get to the core, the very heart of the matter and the very heart of the truth. So, which I try to do. Again, it's a strange thing because basically acting is lying. (Laughs.) You know, finding the truth in the lie."
--Johnny Depp

Quotes from others:

"He is astonishing. My God! This man can play every single play of Shakespeare's, his acting perfection is such. Like Gielgud or Olivier, in that class or better. He is clearly one of the great performers of all time. Doesn't this man ever do anything wrong?"
-- J.P. Donleavy, author The Ginger Man
French Vogue
2005

"I think that Rosamund [Pike] really demonstrated that enormous talent and ability that she has. She was not afraid to put up in front of the likes of Johnny Depp, who, however warm and empowering he is with his contribution, is still a force that is quite something to be around and be put with. For me as a director and for anybody else, he has this incredible intensity and charisma, which carries or aids this talent that he has."
--Laurence Dunmore
Stanford Daily
March 2006

"Johnny was always one for being able to step into the role and step out of it in a way that sort of enabled him to finish the filming with the crew sort of cracked up with laughter - even if we had just filmed something sad a couple minutes earlier. It was full of a lot of emotion in that way, I mean there was one particular scene, not necessarily a funny anecdote, where he goes back home and he's dying and he has an argument with his wife and it's a very emotional scene where he's literally falling apart in front of her and very angry and very depressed and she likewise is pleading for him to just be himself and to live and to stop destroying himself in that way. At the end of it, Johnny leaned over - having given this incredible performance and tapped me on the side. I was operating the camera and he just said, 'Breathe' because I'd literally been holding my breath for the whole take. Another one with him doing the dance in the playhouse with Samantha Morton, I literally caught fire because I hit the chandelier with the camera, and to have Johnny and Samantha pull me out of the fire was an interesting experience, shall we say."
--Laurence Dunmore
Stanford Daily
March 2006

"I would personally pay a lot of money to work with either of them [Johnny Depp and John Malkovich] again and even give various limbs. They both brought an awful lot and I'm sure that we'll all work again either separately or together on various projects."
--Laurence Dunmore
Stanford Daily
March 2006

"Johnny, to both of us [Laurence Dunmore, John Malkovich] was the one who could realize the character that is Rochester. It was so important for me that the character have the breadth and the presence with the audience that he could both shock and confront as well as charm and seduce. Johnny has this incredible ability."
--Laurence Dunmore
Los Angeles Times
November 2005

"Depp is an intuitive, generous actor. He researches an awful lot to. He researches an awful lot to find that character and bring it alive, then it comes through whenever he wants it to - he can play a compelling and believable session and at the end make a silly joke. It sits just below the surface. It's amazing to watch."
--Laurence Dunmore
Los Angeles Times
November 2005

"Johnny [Depp] and I got on very well - he's a great guy and very easy to get to know. I wish that he had been awful, a real pillock, so that I could regale you with stories about what a bastard he was to work with. But I can't. Unfortunately we didn't get to socialise that much in the evenings. I can see why he doesn't go out for a drink with the lads very much, because when he does (and I've seen this happen), people just stare at him."
--Johnny Vegas, played Sackville