Date: 17th December 2000
Hollywood superstar JOHNNY DEPP modelled himself of troubled ex- POGUES singer SHANE MACGOWAN for his latest movie role.
Depp insisted on playing his role in the new comedy CHOCOLAT with a broad Irish accent. The actor idolises legendary hellraiser MacGowan, and was once in the frame to play him in a biopic.
A Hollywood source says, "It might seem a bit strange for Johnny to be playing a French gypsy with an Irish accent, but it works, and that's all that matters. "Like Shane, the character is a bit of a rebel, a bit of an outsider, a bit of a lovable rogue. Johnny has known Shane for years and has never made any secret of his admiration for him and for all things Irish." (RX/ISM/CPT)