In our latest WTF series, we take a look at some of our favorite stars and filmmakers who have seemingly disappeared or altered their careers over the years to the point that begs the question; WTF happened? Now, before you think we’re just picking on celebrities or running some gossip rag stuff, think again! We take a fun (and sometimes funny), researched and fair approach, looking at all angles that led our subject to wherever they are now (which isn’t necessarily a bad place at all). If anything, it answers the question on where these fine folks went, how they got there and where you can find ’em now.
You knew he was inevitable for this series and we’ve finally gotten to the legend that is Johnny Depp for the WTF series. The once fresh-faced lad from 21 Jump Street has come a long way since his Teen Beat days, finding a unique partnership with director Tim Burton on films like Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, Ed Wood and beyond, as well as venturing into some dark twisted territory for such hits as From Hell, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and The Ninth Gate. Depp has played gangsters and drug dealers in films like Donnie Brasco, Blow and Black Mass, has waved his wand as an evil wizard in the Fantastic Beasts series, lent his voice to animated features like Corpse Bride and Rango, but perhaps his greatest and most memorable role of his career has no doubt been as the bumbling, yet heroic anti-hero known as Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean series. However, they haven’t all been hits and Depp’s career and personal life have suffered many ups and downs. But, with so much talent to spare, nothing can keep Depp down for good and he continues to reinvent himself every few years to show why we love him so much. And that’s WTF happened to Johnny Depp!