Johnny Depp 'desperately' wanted to be movie star

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A thrilling action adventure tale in which a famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice - taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.
August 19th, 2013

Johnny Depp ''desperately'' wanted to be a movie star.

'The Lone Ranger' actor was determined to break into leading man roles in Hollywood films after playing a supporting character on 1980s TV show '21 Jump Street', according to porn star-turned-actress Traci Lords, who starred alongside him in his first movie - 1990's 'Cry-Baby'.

She told The Hollywood Reporter: ''Every single member of that cast had so much to prove. I mean, Johnny Depp desperately wanted to be a movie star, and everybody said he couldn't, because he was only a supporting actor on '21 Jump Street'. This was his first lead in a movie, a big deal for him.

''[Co-star] Iggy Pop was sober and wanted to prove he could be more than a rock star. Ricki Lake wanted desperately to be a talk show hostess. I wanted to leave my teenage porn years behind.''

The musical film is set in the 1950s and is a parody of earlier teen musicals, such as 'Grease'.

Depp recently indicated he was ''not too far'' away from quitting acting.

He said: ''When you add up the amount of dialogue that you say per year and you realise that you've said written words more than you've had a chance to say your own words, you start thinking about that as an insane option for a human being.''