Johnny Depp came to Los Angeles to be a musician, but when that wasn't working out as planned, he had to find something else to do to pay the rent. The girlfriend of his friend, Nicolas Cage, set him up with his first film audition, for a movie called A Nightmare on Elm Street.
Looking to fill the part of "Glen Lantz," the boyfriend of the film's heroine, Director Wes Craven whittled down the candidates to three people. Johnny was among them, but he wasn't the front-runner until Wes Craven's teenage daughter had her say:
"Daaaad! Johnny Depp!!! Oh, he's sexy! He's so sexy! He's a dreamboat!"
"That guy? He's kind of pale and skinny..."
"I think he's dreamy!"
And, the rest is history.
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|Johnny as Glen|
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While I have a hard time watching scary movies, The Kitties and I like this one! (Apparently, many people did since there are five sequels--none of which should be confused with the recent remake.)
Watching this, The Mother Kitty, Ashes, Lily, and I all preferred to draw the scene where Glen climbs the rose-filled trellis of Nancy's house up to her bedroom window for a surprise entrance. But we were out-voted because the rest of the world remembers Glen's death scene more than anything else. Johnny put it best: "I get sucked into a bed and spew out like tomato juice!"
This moment is the right choice. Who can resist that outfit?
Coming up next month: Private Resort (1985)