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Johnny Depp is an award-nominated actor known for his portrayal of odd-ball characters including Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean.
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Once again roving on the high seas, Depp reprised his role of Jack Sparrow in the latest installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean film series in 2011. He returned to independent film that same year with The Rum Diary, based on the book by Hunter S. Thompson.
Depp also starred in the Tim Burton comedy Dark Shadows (2012). In the film, he plays Barnabas Collins,
a vampire who escapes imprisonment and returns to his family home. There, Collins tries to help his descendents played by Michelle Pfeiffer, Chloë Grace Moretz and Jonny Lee Miller. Depp was a longtime fan of the film's source material—the late 1960s gothic soap opera Dark Shadows—and encouraged friend Burton to bring it to the big screen.
Unfortunately, Depp's next big budget endeavor didn't fare nearly as well as his earlier films. In 2013, the A-list actor teamed up with Pirates producer Jerry Bruckheimer once again in the Disney film The Lone Ranger. The film—costing more than $215 million to produce with big names like Pirates director Gore Verbinski and The Social Network (2010) star Armie Hammer at the helm—performed horribly at the box office and received lackluster reviews. The film debuted in second place at the box office during its opening weekend, but only grossed $48.9 million. Disney executives expected a potential $190 million loss because of the film.
In 2013, Depp was also scheduled to begin filming Black Mass, a biopic highlighting the life of Whitey Bulger, however the film stopped production in the summer due to Depp's backing out of the project. Depp was asked to take a 50 percent paycut for the role, reducing his pay to $10 million.
Around the beginning of the turn of the century, Depp met another person who would become an important figure in his life; while filming the sci-fi drama The Ninth Gate (1999) in France, Johnny met French actress, singer and model Vanessa Paradis. Paradis became pregnant with the couple's first child later that year. In May of 1999, the couple welcomed daughter Lily-Rose Melody Depp. Depp and Paradis had their second child, son Jack John Christopher Depp III, three years later.
In 2012, stories began to circulate that Depp and Paradis had split up. Depp initially denied these rumors, but his representative confirmed the couple's break-up in June. In a statement given to Entertainment Tonight, Depp's representative said that the pair "have amicably separated" and asked that people "respect their privacy" and "the privacy of their children." Depp and Paradis had been together for nearly 14 years when they split.
Depp met another future love interest on the set of a film while still publicly involved with Paradis. While filming The Rum Diary, he met co-star Amber Heard. The couple was seen publicly together for the first time in 2012, not long after Depp's split with Paradis. The couple got engaged on Christmas Eve in 2013.
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