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9 Incredible Johnny Depp Characters

Our guide to the good, the bad and the strange roles the award-winning actor has portrayed

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    En español | Johnny Depp has played heroes and criminals alike. Next up, the 52-year-old portrays mobster Whitey Bulger in Black Mass, out on Sept. 18. Take a look at nine of his most memorable roles and how they fall along the hero-to-villain spectrum.

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    Sir James Matthew Barrie, Finding Neverland
    In the role of Peter Pan author Barrie, Depp sweetly plays father figure to three children who inspired the famous story.

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    Edward Scissorhands, Edward Scissorhands
    Sure, he may be a little creepy looking — and his hands wouldn’t be TSA-approved — but Edward is entirely pure of heart.

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    Willy Wonka, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    Wonka’s pretty weird, and it sort of seems like he’s taking out children one by one in dastardly ways — but his intentions are good.

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    Mad Hatter, Alice in Wonderland
    The Mad Hatter’s actually a really nice guy; he’s just a little crazy.

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    Captain Jack Sparrow, Pirates of the Caribbean
    Sparrow spends a great deal of these films acting in his own self-interest, yet somehow he always ends up doing the right thing.

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    Donnie Brasco, Donnie Brasco
    This undercover cop gets a little too deep into his fake Mafia life.  

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    George Jung, Blow
    He’s a drug kingpin who introduced America to cocaine — whose street name is the film’s title.  

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    Sweeney Todd, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
    His haircuts and shaves end with a slit throat — and then his deceased patrons end up in meat pies.

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    Whitey Bulger, Black Mass
    Depp’s latest character is considered one of the most infamous violent criminals.

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