Secret Window

2004

Mort Rainey

PHOTO GALLERY

SOUND CLIPS

MOVIE TRAILER


GENERAL INFORMATION

A writer (Johnny Depp) is accused of plagiarism by a strange man (John Turturro), who then starts haunting him for "justice".

Director: David Koepp

Cast: Johnny Depp, John Turturro, Charles Dutton, Timothy Hutton, Maria Bello

Awards & Nominations:

2005 ACADEMY OF SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY & HORROR FILMS:
-Saturn Award, Best Supporting Actor: John Turturro (Nominated)

2004 TEEN CHOICE AWARDS:
-Choice Movie - Thriller (Nominated)


ABOUT THIS MOVIE

(Compiled by Sanne)

Quotes from Johnny Depp:

"I'd never done a film like this. I read David Koepp's screenplay, and it really kept me on the edge of my seat. Also, it's nice to go from one extreme like Captain Jack, where the volume's kind of on eleven, as it were, then go to something very subdued and internal."
--Johnny Depp
USAToday
March 7, 2004

"I've always thought of Secret Window, Secret Garden as that... window to the self, the real you that's inside."
--Johnny Depp
DVD Featurette

"For anyone who's in the creative arts, but especially for a writer, a creator, your best friend in the world is your imagination and the ability to create, and your worst enemy is your imagination. When you're plagued by too much thought and too much information - too much stuff going on in your head. But at the same time, it's your bread and butter, isn't it? So, yeah...rough gig..."
--Johnny Depp
DVD Featurette

"What I remember most of all, in reading the screenplay, and you know, getting ten, fifteen pages in and thinking: 'Wow, this is really well-written. The dialogue is real and it's not forced.' The dialogue is just very train-of-thought. My situation seemed real and ugly and - yeah... real. And then reading a little bit further, I got to a point where I had total emotional investment in this guy. You know, the character of Mort, and his situation. And then, boy, I hit page whatever-it-was and I was completely shocked. Did not see it coming, didn't expect a thing. I was absolutely shocked, and I bought it hook, line and sinker. I figure if it did that to me as a reader, how exciting that could be for audiences, for the viewers."
--Johnny Depp
DVD Featurette

"I figured [Mort's] meals would consist of, at the most, a sandwich, but mainly he'd probably live on potato chips and Mountain Dew, you know? And that would obviously have an effect on his day. So, yeah, I just... created kind of a history for the guy and build up from there."
--Johnny Depp
Press Junket interview

"Mort didn't want to deal with people, he... was just infinitely more comfortable just by himself, on his couch, you know, not worrying about if his hair was combed."
--Johnny Depp
The Today Show

Quotes from others:

"I'm not really sure why he wanted to do [this movie]. I'm grateful, but it's hard to be certain of what motivates Johnny. It's possible he just wanted to play a character named Mort."
--David Koepp, director
Time Magazine
March 15, 2004

"He's in this zone that every now an then an actor hits, where the audience completely identifies with him. We saw it at the test screening. With the first shot of the movie, a close-up of Johnny in a car, the audience burst into applause."
--David Koepp, director
USAToday
March 7, 2004

"He's made choices that sort of float his boat and that's what people respect about him. He's never seemed to pursue stardom."
--David Koepp, director
USAToday
March 7, 2004

"You can rumple him, but you can't make him unattractive. You can try, but it won't happen."
--David Koepp, director
USAToday
March 7, 2004

"Johnny was who I wanted when I was writing it and then there was a bit of steering it through turbulent Hollywood waters to get to the point where we could offer it to Johnny and thankfully, we did."
--David Koepp
DVD Featurette

"I didn't want to hear anything anybody said [in the opening scene], because I feel it is all stuff we've heard a million times and it seemed way too personal. And Johnny understood I didn't want to hear any dialogue, and he said 'I feel like I want to just go in and scream at them sort of using voice as a weapon.' And it seemed like a great idea."
--David Koepp
DVD Featurette

"When [Mort] really loses it, and he collapses, Johnny wanted to just make sounds again. So he came up with - I guess his son was pre-verbal at the time we shot the movie but was expressing himself by saying, 'Rah!' which was a way of just announcing to the world that he was confused. And that somehow found its way into his performance. He felt like Mort's gone all the way back to before he had words to describe things. Now he's making sounds, which I thought was great."
--David Koepp
DVD Featurette

"Well, Johnny's look mostly came from Johnny. He picked what he felt most comfortable with. The bathrobe he immediately sparked to and wanted to wear for the whole movie. I got it down to not quite the whole movie. But I think it's a great thing, because it's a security blanket, is the idea."
--David Koepp
DVD Featurette

"[Johnny] came in with the glasses, and hair, and his general look, he came in with. I think most good actors have strong ideas about how they think they should look for a part, and he certainly does."
--David Koepp
DVD Featurette

"Johnny and John [Turturro] are both so experienced; they must have a hundred movies between them. We didn't require a lot of rehearsal. We just threw them at each other. They're both very responsive to the other and they look like they're having a lot of fun. I don't shoot a lot of takes because they're both so good; you tend to get what you need quickly. What's fun is you can throw stuff at them just to see what they'll do, just for fun, because they're such gifted actors."
--David Koepp
DVD Featurette

"We did a version where the inner voice talks like Marlon Brando by the door, and Christopher Walken by the sofa, Roman Polanski by the kitchen... It's funny I think."
--David Koepp
DVD Featurette

"Johnny's just one of our most gifted actors, period. He's a font of ideas. He's just a great actor. What I like about his ideas is you're not sure if he's kidding or not at first because they're off-the-wall. And then they make perfect sense, and you wouldn't have it any other way."
--David Koepp
DVD Featurette

"He's not an actor who does what he's told. He's an actor who takes what he's been asked to do, runs it through his brain and then does it. And that's a wonderful gift because he's got a marvelous, twisted brain."
--David Koepp
DVD Featurette

"[The ending is] sort of a traditional attractive-woman-in-a-scary-house sequence but with the strange twist that we're not quite sure what we want to happen to her. We think we want her to get away, but then again, there's that cute Johnny Depp."
--David Koepp
DVD Featurette

"At the very end of the movie, Johnny wanted a completely different look. And so the idea is now he's got it out of his system, he's concentrating on himself and he's cleaned himself up. He's gotten a haircut, he's gotten some braces... because he's grinding his teeth throughout. He does that jaw thing all the time."
--David Koepp
DVD Featurette

"Johnny's very easy to work with. Very generous. He has a real ease about his own performance and... there's a lot of room for you to do your thing and for him to catch it and toss it back. He's just really easy to work with. I've liked him in a lot of things."
--John Turturro
Press Junket interview