Despite Depp having never carried a tune on film, “Sweeney Todd” director and frequent collaborator Tim Burton chose the thesp for the lead role in this musical.
“Johnny Depp, who stars as the vengeance-minded 19th-century London barber, proves his range, his nerve and his ability to use a light but confident baritone voice, with a pop edge, to surprising dramatic ends.”
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“Mr. Depp’s singing voice is harsh and thin, but amazingly forceful. He brings the unpolished urgency of rock ‘n’ roll to an idiom accustomed to more refinement, and in doing so awakens the violence of Mr. Sondheim’s lyrics and melodies.”
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“This anti-hero may have a one-track mind — he can’t see anything beyond the rage that drives him — but Depp is such a soulful presence he gives you a glimpse of this maniac’s pain and pathos.”
“Depp is simply stupendous. He’s not Pavarotti and doesn’t try to be, but his light baritone has clarity, timbre and emotive power. Depp erases the line between singing and acting, fusing them into something that keeps the movie blazing. Oscar, take note.”