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16th Sep 2015

Johnny Depp pays tribute to Wes Craven for getting him started in movies

The actor's first role was in A Nightmare On Elm Street

Tony Cuddihy

Johnny Depp has paid tribute to the late Wes Craven, who died last week at the age of 76.

Craven gave Depp – currently getting rave reviews for his role in Boston mobster thriller Black Mass – his first film role as the boyfriend of the main character in the seminal Nightmare on Elm Street.

“Wes Craven was the guy who gave me my start, from my perspective, for almost no reason in particular,” said Depp.

“I read scenes with his daughter when I auditioned for the part. At the time, I was a musician. I wasn’t really acting.

“It was not anything very near to my brain or my heart, which is pretty much how it remains to this day.

“But Wes Craven was brave enough to give me the gig based on his daughter’s opinion,” Depp continued.

“I guess she had read with a bunch of actors, and after the casting sessions, she said, ‘No, that’s the guy.’ I always think of her for putting me in this mess, and certainly Wes Craven for being very brave to give me this gig. But he was a good man — so rest in peace, old Wes.”

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