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By now Depp had cemented himself as one of the most wellrespected actors in Hollywood. Studio executives wanted him to star as a romantic lead, but Depp refused to accept roles that were designed solely for the purpose of making him a superstar, turn- Hard Times 49 ing down several roles in major blockbusters over the next few years. He passed on the opportunity to play Lestat in Interview with the Vampire, and the role ultimately went to Tom Cruise. He also rejected the romantic lead in Legends of the Fall, which went to Brad Pitt, and the chance to play an action hero in Speed, which proved to be a breakthrough role for Keanu Reeves.
Depp’s Feminine Side In 1994, Depp began filming a biographical movie about Edward D. Wood, a director who was widely known as the worst director of all time. Depp had met with Burton at a café in Hollywood where Burton explained the idea for Ed Wood. He had barely spoken for five minutes when Depp agreed to take on the lead role. “I was like, ‘Okay, let’s do it, I’m there. Just say when,’” 41 he says. The role required Depp to wear an interesting costume. Because Wood often dressed in women’s clothing, Depp had to wear angora sweaters and high heels on set.
The laidback atmosphere in the club meant that celebrities could relax without being bothered by fans, and consequently many A-list actors and musicians visited on a regular basis. Then a tragedy at the club tarnished Depp’s image and sent him spiraling into destructive drug use. Tragedy at the Viper Room On the eve of Halloween in 1993, patrons, many of them dressed in wild costumes, packed into the club for a Halloween party. , someone was found in the bathroom shaking uncontrollably. It was River Phoenix, a free-spirited actor who had gained popularity with several highly acclaimed River Phoenix, a talented young actor, overdosed on drugs at Depp’s Viper Room.