Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Truly, Madly, Depp-Ly: Johnny Depp Reasserted His Unique Magnetism with His Performance as a Fey-but-Not-Gay Brigand in the Summer's Biggest Hit

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Truly, Madly, Depp-Ly: Johnny Depp Reasserted His Unique Magnetism with His Performance as a Fey-but-Not-Gay Brigand in the Summer's Biggest Hit

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He has played a hack director with an angora fetish in Ed Wood, a topiary artiste with a manicure only Wolverine I would envy in Edward Scissorhands, and both a prison guard and a drag queen prisoner--with amazing smuggling skills--in Before Night Falls. But all that was just warming up for Captain Jack Sparrow.

In Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl--or Gay Day at Disneyland: The Movie--Johnny Depp plays the swishiest swashbuckler since Adam and the Ants discovered no-clump mascara. Critics have called his performance a high-seas homage to Keith Richards, but Captain Jack is more like Dr. Frankenfurter lip-synching to "Hot Rocks" while drinking frozen daiquiris.

The word "pansexual" doesn't do Depp or his character justice. With beads in his hair, a Sephora's worth of kohl on his eyes, and a splash of helium in his buckled boots--touches the actor is credited with bringing to the role--he's a pirate who'd be as at home on an Atlantis cruise as he is aboard a galleon.

Talk about a thrill ride!

In Pirates, out now on DVD, this sexy seafarer brandishes a compass like a Chanel compact, takes giant steps to find buried rum like a crazed gay mime, and announces "I love weddings. …

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