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In her essay on Depp’s performance in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, several of Abbey’s interesting observations seem to speak to Dyer’s account on ‘The Method.’ In his text, Dyer explains that The Method “constructs a character in terms of her/his unconscious and/or inescapable psychological make-up” and adds that it’s often used “to express disturbance, repression, anguish” as “such feelings, vaguely conceptualisable as the ID and its repression, are more ‘authentic’ than stability and open expression.” Additionally, he writes that in this performance method, the “character itself becomes more important than plot or structure” (p. 141-2). With respect to Depp’s performance in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, I think that Dyer’s description hits the nail on the head. If we ask ourselves the basic question, “what is this film about?” it ultimately comes
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Unformatted text preview: down to Raoul Douke – the character and the ways that he makes sense of his experiences. What is interesting though, which Abbey sort of alludes to in her mentioning of Willy Wonka, is that it seems that many of the films that star Depp are fundamentally centered on Depp’s particular character. We see this occurrence in Blow – the story about Boston George, Pirates of the Caribbean – the stories about Jack Sparrow, Sweeny Todd – the story of the crazy barber, and Edward Scissorhands, to name a few. What we might want to ask ourselves, then, is the question, “well were these parts written for Johnny or did Johnny, in fact, find, create, and ultimately define these particular roles?” Perhaps this is something our group will decide to further explore throughout the semester in our journey through Depp’s career....
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This note was uploaded on 02/10/2010 for the course FILM 2850 at Cornell.

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