During the veteran actor’s slurred speech Friday night, he was censored twice as he misread from the teleprompter.
JOHNNY DEPP: “That’s the weirdest microphone I’ve ever seen in my life. Right? I’m not very good at this kind of thing. [Censored] Watch, I’m gonna read this thing. For decades, Shep Gordon has been one of the most beloved and respected talent managers in the music industry.”
That’s how Johnny Depp started out presenting at the Hollywood Film Awards Friday night.
The veteran actor was sounding a lot like his well-known character, Jack Sparrow. But it seemingly wasn’t an act. His words slurred more from there.
DEPP: He’s someone I consider a great friend. Yeah, an incredibly loyal, loyal friend. And so, uh, you have to watch the film. Yeah, there you go. What does it say? Can somebody help? [Censored] I mean, it’s one of those nights.”
Yes, Depp was censored a second time there and then cut off as a clip rolled for Mike Myers’ critically acclaimed documentary, “Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon.”
Variety reports that backstage, Myers and Gordon called Depp’s presenting “very rock n’roll.”
But other celebrities disagreed. On Twitter, Rob Lowe wrote, “I find the whole unprepared … possibly wasted artist persona really, really unexciting.”
Sure, it was impossible not to wonder if Depp had a bit too much rum or otherwise.
Though last year the 51-year-old told Rolling Stone he was sober. Depp wouldn’t call himself an alcoholic, but said he’d been drinking too much and had been sober for a year-and-a-half.
No comment from Depp or any rep for him, but the speech certainly marks an interesting start for the Hollywood Film Awards. Friday night was the first time the awards show has been televised.