In one of only a handful of interviews Johnny Depp has ever granted, he brings both his fascinating eccentricity and his deep, uncompromising devotion to acting and sharing it with the students of the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University. The original broadcast airs with Johnny Depp entering stage left, and lighting a cigarette, to immediately being sliced and explored from inside-out. James Lipton touches upon Johnny's roots and Native American ancestry before probing into his career. Despite having only taken a few acting classes, he has an almost metaphysical grasp of what it takes to portray a character, he has always been fascinated by what makes people tick. One example of this was 'Edward Scissorhands'. He talks about how there is a little bit of himself in every character he plays and each character leaves a little bit with him. For this role he avidly studied the great silent film actors. He wanted Edward to be more expressive with his face and body than words.
It would seem odd to people who do not know Johnny Depps work that he would get a career perspective so early in his life, but he has assembled an impressive resume. Highlights from the interview include Depp discussing his technique for finding his character. When reading the screenplay, he’ll often visualize a few key images that give him the essence of role. For example, for Depp, Ed Wood was a combination of the blind optimism of Ronald Reagan, the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz, and Casey Kasem. In Sleepy Hollow, Depp says he played Ichabod Crane as a girl detective. He also talks about how he got involved in the project Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas and how he lived with Hunter S. Thompson in order to portray him accurately. Inside The Actors Studio with Johnny Depp did not consist of the usual hollywood fanfare type interview but instead left the students and viewer with more insight into acting than they could possibly hope to learn from the more popular Actors.