5. Lord Charlie Mortdecai – Mortdecai
In this movie Depp plays a peculiar art dealer who faces off against terrorists, Russian mobsters, and British intelligence in an attempt to hunt down a stolen painting. Mortdecai has all the earmarks of a character Johnny Depp would play: a presumptuous British accent, a fancy cane, tons of over exaggerated hand gestures and, of course, a wonderfully antiquated handlebar mustache. Even though critics and audiences were unanimous in their distaste for the movie, you can’t blame Depp for staying true to his calling by finding increasingly unconventional roles to play on screen.
http://nypost.com/2015/01/22/johnny-depps-eccentric-playboy-comedy-mortdecai-is-a-fop-flop/ Source: Nypost.com
4. Barnabus Collins – Dark Shadows
Given his youthful good looks and penchant for oddball roles, it seems strange that it took Johnny Depp almost 30 years before he portrayed a vampire. He finally got the opportunity in 2012 when he played Barnabus Collins in Dark Shadows—a Tim Burton movie about the heir of a wealthy family who is involuntarily turned into a vampire, entombed, and then awoken 200 years later. With his chalk-white face, jet-black hair and spider-like fingers, Depp at least looks the part of a stereotypical vampire despite his character being extremely off-beat. This certainly isn’t Burton and Depp’s best collaboration, but Barnabus Collins, much like Edward Scissorhands, feels like a character who’s prolonged detachment from society results in both funny situations and some heartfelt emotional moments.
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/movies/2012/05/johnny-depp-dark-shadows-tim-burton-box-office.html Source: Latimesblogs.latimes.com
3. The Mad Hatter – Alice in Wonderland
Let’s face it, Depp was always a shoe-in for this character considering so many of his previous roles could be described as being “as mad as a hatter.” Sadly, in the one role where there should be no inhibitions about going completely bonkers, Depp doesn’t quite capture the same nonsensical joy of the source material. However, in his defence, he did say he wanted to bring a more human side to the Hatter, rather than just have him be a ridiculous character. One of the ways he accomplished this was by using a range of accents and connecting them to different emotions. The device definitely makes his version of the Hatter seem like a bit of a strung out schizophrenic, but it seemed to work with audiences, as Alice in Wonderland made over a billion dollars at the global box office, prompting producers to plan a sequel for 2017.
http://www.wolbertsweb.com/student_files/wd_2012-13_hof/schassburger_roz/critics/cast.html Source: Wolbertsweb.com