Seven books that inspired Johnny Depp films

November 25, 2011

By Nimish Dubey

Most people remember him as the eccentric captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, but  The Examiner in an excellent article points out that some of Johnny Depp’s most notable performances have come in films based on books. The actor, who turned 46 on June 9, has the following films based on books to his credit:

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Chocolat based on the novel by Joanne Harris

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory based on the novel by Roald Dahl

Sleepy Hollow based on the novel The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? based on the novel by Peter Hedges

The Brave based on the novel by Gregory McDonald.

Two of Depp’s forthcoming films are also based on well-known books:

Public Enemies based on Public Enemies: America’s Greatest Crime Waves and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-34, by Bryan Burrough.

Alice in Wonderland based on the (you guessed it) classic by Lewis Carroll

That makes it seven in all. Depp clearly has many strings to his bow, and films based on books seem to be a speciality for him. We bet he will be writing a book himself one of these days.

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