Johnny Depp is known for going to rather impressive extremes to get into character ahead of movie shoots – his latest however demands something not quite befitting the ‘extreme’ handle.
Yes, in order to fully perfect his portrayal of iconic British comedian George Formby, Johnny Depp is learning how to play the ukulele-banjo.
But let’s face it – if there’s one man on the planet that can make a decidedly unsexy instrument sexy, it’s Mr. Depp.
He’s admitting falling in love with the cheeky chappy from Lancashire while researching his upcoming role, not to mention regaling those lucky enough to be in his company with stirring renditions of When I’m Cleaning Windows, Leaning On A Lamp-post and other Formby hits.
“Johnny picked up a ukulele-banjo in LA and loves the sound of the instrument,” a source told the Daily Star newspaper in the UK .
“He has been aping George Formby after watching his videos on YouTube,”
“He’s got the Northern accent down to a tee and sounds just like George when he performs all his classics.”
It’s no secret that Mr. Depp has a bit of a ‘thing’ for our friends in the UK, having already appeared as guest star in a ton of British comedy shows and movies. Nevertheless, it’s looking like the undeniably enchanting story of George Formby is the one that’s really captured his heart and imagination.
“He’s become a bit of a producer in recent times and is in a great position to get Formby’s story turned into a major movie,” explained the source.
“Britain is like a second home to Johnny. He’s always filming here and especially loves the humour and music.”