Johnny Depp doesn’t need to see his own movies to know they’re good. The Associated Press reports that Johnny highly recommended his latest film Wednesday at the Japan premiere of Public Enemies in Tokyo, even though he hasn’t actually seen it yet.
“I haven’t seen the film yet, but I hear great things about it,” Johnny said at a news conference at a Tokyo hotel.
Even though has been out in the U.S. since July 1, Johnny still hasn’t seen the film because he makes it a practice not to watch his own movies. He said he likes making movies, but doesn’t enjoy watching himself in movies.
But Johnny doesn’t have to see himself to know it’s a good film because he’s just that good of an actor. He says he also felt especially connected to his Public Enemies character, John Dillinger, the bank robber who was declared public enemy No. 1 by federal authorities in Depression-era in America, because his own grandfather was pushed into illegal activities during the Depression like “moonshining,” brewing illegal liquor, to make a living in Kentucky.
He included John, who eventually was killed by police, as one of his childhood idols along with Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin.
Johnny may have idolized John, but he definitely didn’t make enemies like John did.
“I don’t think I have any enemies, really,” he said. “The scariest enemy is within, allowing yourself to conform to what is expected of you.”
Johnny will have an opportunity to watch the movie Thursday, should he choose to do so. He’s attending a red carpet event before its Tokyo showing, and will address fans at the theater.