Yeah, it should be called ." He's a good hang, Johnny Depp, clearly.' There was this really long tear – and there were no undergarments involved." At this point, he must be interrupted – this is important stuff, cover of -circa-1988 stuff. "That's the general approach," he says, possibly blushing a little under the shadow of his awful hat."I'm able to continue for great periods of time, weirdly. "I'm kind of socially inept," Depp says, laughing in a way that says . Mingling at parties and stuff like that has always been not a nice experience for me. If you're a cigarette smoker, a serious smoker, then you're a junkie. That's how childlike he still is, in a good way.You're a junkie to that drug." He smokes less than he used to, going through maybe six cigarettes over the course of three and a half hours today, but it's obviously a fraught issue: With every one of his tobacco packets, he takes the trouble to grab a Sharpie and X out the grotesque you'll-get-cancer picture and warning box. He sets it down on the fucking table and eight kids see it. I swear to God, he doesn't realize." Depp (who's been dating 27-year-old actress Amber Heard) has also been spending time with a friend he only recently got to meet in person: Damien Echols of the West Memphis Three, who had been imprisoned for 18 years for murders that evidence suggests he didn't commit.
Also, we know that we have some- thing we have to do..we don't know what that is." Depp is, at the moment, dressed like a hobo whom other hobos would worry about.
He hasn't had a drink in a year and a half, though he won't use the word "quit." "I just decided that I pretty much got everything I could get out of it," he says. No, you can't smoke on the Sunset Strip when you're eating outside – however, you are welcome to all the diesel fumes and every bit of dirt and filth and dust and disease and everything that gets rifled up in the streets." The biggest recent change is a delicate matter: Depp’s split from Vanessa Paradis, his partner of 14 years and the mother of his two children. The trajectory of that relationship – you play it out until it goes, one thing leads to another.
"I investigated wine and spirits thoroughly, and they certainly investigated me as well, and we found out that we got along beautifully, but maybe too well." He's never considered himself an alcoholic. "I don't have the physical need for the drug alcohol. "The last couple years have been a bit bumpy," he says, slowly. So for whatever reason that ceases, it doesn't stop the fact that you care for that person, and they're the mother of your kids, and you'll always know each other, and you're always gonna be in each other's lives because of those kids.
No, it's more my medication, my self-medication over the years just to calm the circus. "At times, certainly unpleasant, but that's the nature of breakups, I guess, especially when there are kiddies involved." "Relationships are very difficult," he says at another point. You might as well make the best of it." Tabloids and the likes of TMZ (or TLC, as he thinks it's called) made much of Depp's spending time with pal and fellow whiteface aficionado Marilyn Manson in the wake of the breakup – as if he'd gone from the bosom of his family to the embrace of Satan. I guess it was some sort of fate that drew us together again recently.
Once the circus kicks in, the festivities in the brain, it can be ruthless." He would make rules for himself – for a while, he'd drink wine, but no hard liquor. "Especially in the racket that I'm in because you're constantly away or they're away and so it's hard. "Johnny and I were never drinking buddies," says Manson. We were both going through some troubles in weird areas in our minds and in our lives, and being with him made me happier, and it seemed like it made him happier.
His jeans are huge, carpenter-cut, shredded practically to bits, with white paint splattered up the legs and duct tape covering some of the worst holes at the rear.