Johnny has combined his love of music and acting on several occasions. Below are a few highlights.
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Chocolat - In the film Chocolat, Johnny plays Roux, a character he describes as a wandering minstrel. There are several scenes in which Johnny plays guitar. He is listed in the credits as a performer on the songs "Minor Swing", "They're Red Hot" and "Caravan". "Minor Swing" and "Caravan" are included on the Grammy nominated Chocolat soundtrack, released in January 2001.
Once Upon a Time In Mexico - Johnny wrote and co-produced "Sand's Theme" for Once Upon a Time In Mexico. "Sand's Theme" can be heard on the film's soundtrack as Sands exits the taxi prior to the "Coup de Etat". Orchestral versions of the theme are interspersed later in the film.
Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - Johnny Depp sings! Despite Johnny's profession of being the "guy who would come in and sing the harmony, very quickly" with The Kids, and that he had "never sung a song", Johnny took on the role of Sweeney Todd in Tim Burton's interpretation of the Stephen Sondheim musical. Stephen Sondheim, having the final say in casting, had complete faith in Johnny. He signed off on Johnny's involvement without hearing him sing. Johnny's first demo tapes arrived after pre-production was well underway, and he exceeded everyone's expectations. Helena Bonham Carter described Johnny's singing voice as very sexy: "He sings from the gut... so it's very naked and very sexy and very touching and brave and beautiful, very beautiful and soulful."
Quotes about Sweeney Todd
On December 12, 2007, the Sweeney Todd soundtrack was released to an anxious audience. It received a Grammy nomination for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media in 2009.
Depp Impact acknowledges Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street by Mark Salisbury and Tim Burton as one of many resources used in the creation of this page.
The Rum Diary - The Rum Diary Soundtrack by Christopher Young features songs by Johnny Depp. Johnny is credited with four tracks: The Mermaid Song is an an instrumental (piano), a guitar duet of Johnny and JJ Holiday called Kemp in the Village, and two songs by the JD Band - What about El Monstruo? and Roll Out The Roosters. Johnny is also credited as Executive Producer and Composer. The album won the International Film Music Critics Association Award for Best Original Score for a Comedy Film.