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Johnny Depp Has Pondered Death And Doesn’t Believe In Afterlife



To be eccentric and truly get away with it, you usually have to be very rich, very beautiful or very talented.

Many would agree Johnny Depp is at least two of the above, which might account for how the Edward Scissorhands and Pirates Of The Caribbean actor has pulled off that rarest of tricks: making kooky look cool.

This idiosyncratic persona has been a winning formula both on screen and off, with Depp finding indie as well as mainstream success by playing a string of offbeat characters, then becoming a virtual recluse mid-career, all the while maintaining a sort of reluctant sex symbol status.

All this makes for great copy, of course, so the media is fully complicit. On the few occasions where he voluntarily meets the press, reporters have come to expect and accept a certain level of kookiness, leading to all manner of surreal yet matter-of-fact interviews with the star.

This is how Life! and other media ended up listening to the 50-year-old hold forth on everything from religion to Peking duck at a recent Los Angeles press conference for his latest film, the science-fiction thriller Transcendence, which opens in Singapore tomorrow.

At close quarters with him, another defining characteristic of his long career jumps out at you: that preternatural youthfulness that was first unveiled in the 1980s TV series 21 Jump Street, in which Depp played an undercover narcotics officer posing as a high school student.

Even after a lifetime of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, the actor and sometime musician still passes for a man decades younger today, his slightly fey masculinity still able to conjure both innocence and impishness at the drop of a hat.

This gives him that Peter Pan-like quality that he has put to such good use in the roles he has played, from the gentle-hearted genetic freak in the fantastical Edward Scissorhands (1990) to the puckish rogue Jack Sparrow in the kid-friendly Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise (2003 to 2011).

The fact that he has, latterly, become a self-declared hermit, studiously avoiding the Hollywood scene and limelight and spending much of his time in Europe instead, simply adds to his unicorn-like aura.

There is palpable excitement when he comes out of hiding to stump for Transcendence, in which he plays a dying scientist who has his consciousness uploaded into a computer.

Even before the actor appears at a press conference earlier this month in Beverly Hills, the adoration for the man is evident.

“He is a really nice guy,” enthuses one reporter. “You can ask him anything.”

Transcendence co-star Paul Bettany, who worked with him on this film as well as on Pirates Of The Caribbean, vouches for the reputation of the star once proclaimed “the world’s coolest actor” by GQ magazine.

“He is a very unique and singular human being,” says Bettany, 42, in a separate interview.

“Somebody was asking me, ‘Why do you think men, women, children and dogs love Johnny Depp?’ There’s something magical about him, it’s true. And it’s not simply because of positioning or power. He is – and I know him well – a very surprising human being.

“He’s an incredibly generous actor and an incredibly generous human being. And he’s one of those people who, when you’re with him, you’re pretty convinced that nobody else is having quite as good a time as you are.

“Or quite as illegal a time,” Bettany says, refusing to elaborate.

Depp himself eventually emerges from a phalanx of publicists, wearing an eclectically mismatched retro jacket and polo shirt with his signature blue-tinted glasses and rock-star quiff, smiling beatifically and greeting a few journalists by name.

Everyone has been warned repeatedly not to ask personal questions – probably because of his upcoming marriage to 27-year-old model and actress Amber Heard, whom he announced a relationship with in 2012 after splitting from longtime partner Vanessa Paradis, the 41-year-old French actress and singer who is mother to his children, Lily-Rose, 14, and Jack, 12.

With his minders standing close and threatening to snatch away the microphone if questions veer the wrong way, the event instead turns into a pseudointellectual, slightly ponderous exchange – the sort where a movie star is quizzed about weighty topics simply because they are glancingly referenced by his film.

For all his apparent youthfulness, the two-time holder of People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive title (2003 and 2009) admits he does think about his own death.

“I think about it occasionally, you know, with regard to where I am today in my life and if I were to be taken away, do I feel complete, is there anything haranguing me that I must do before then?” he tells Life!

“And no, you know? I have two amazing kids and a very privileged life, so if the time came, toodaloo.

“Obviously, I’m not so concerned with it, only in the sense that I think it would be wrong to live in fear of it every day, because then, you’re not living.”

Depp certainly seemed to live pretty fearlessly in his 20s and 30s, with the tabloids documenting the obligatory succession of model and actress girlfriends, including Winona Ryder and Kate Moss; drunken brawls with the paparazzi; and other tales of assorted debauchery.

But after winning over critics with his indie performances – many of them directed by frequent collaborator Tim Burton, whose eccentricity matches his own (Edward Scissorhands, the 1994 biopic Ed Wood and the 2007 horror musical Sweeney Tood: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street, which won Depp a Golden Globe) – he stumbled into respectability with several blockbuster hits, among them Burton’s Alice In Wonderland (2010) and the Pirates Of The Caribbean films.

The Pirates Of The Caribbean films led to a US$75 million (S$94 million) payday in 2009/2010 and his 2012 inclusion in the Guinness Book Of Records for being the highest-paid actor of all time. Depp lost a bit of his edginess as a result, but became exponentially more famous and somehow even more beloved.

He did not appreciate the neverending attention of paparazzi snappers, though, and retreated into the home he shared with Paradis and their two children in a small village in the south of France.

In recent years, he has openly toyed with early retirement, even before his previous film, The Lone Ranger, became one of last year’s biggest flops, racking up losses of more than US$200 million, and earned him a Worst Actor nomination at this year’s Razzies.

After that action-packed Western, Transcendence is a bit of a departure, a weighty sci-fi flick that explores the possibility of a superior artificial intelligence, or “singularity”, being created and unleashed online.

It raises existential questions about consciousness, identity, technology and life after death that Depp seems more than happy to wade into.

Hence, his ruminations on mortality and what would prove to be a slightly charged back-and-forth with one reporter on the subject of religion.

Asked if he believes there is existence after death, he replies, gently but firmly: “I do not.”

Is he an atheist, then? “I mean, I’m a pedestrian,” he says obscurely. “I believe in where we are right now – just.

“There are all kinds of angles, right? Is there a god? I don’t know? Have you seen him? I haven’t seen him.”

But it is possible to believe in something you cannot see, the reporter counters.

Depp then says: “Okay, there’s an aardvark hanging over my head – you can’t see him but I can. I’m not saying that to be facetious – I’m saying that everyone has their own kind of thing. And it’s not that I don’t have what might be construed as spirituality. I have a great many beliefs, but I don’t hang my hat on one particular thing.

“I don’t look negatively upon organised religion or anything – people believe whatever they want and I think that’s wonderful.

“Look, I’d love to be pleasantly surprised if, when my eyes close, I end up in some killer place with loud music. I’d certainly welcome it and I’d prefer that to dirt and worms, definitely.”

He reveals that he has imparted this worldview to his children. “When they were little and asked me, ‘What is God?’, I told them to look at the grass, take a deep breath, look up at the sky and clouds, and that all that was god. And to look in the mirror and that was god too.

“And I don’t think that’s very far off the mark.”

The reporter looks slightly unhappy with this answer, but the conversation soon returns to safer ground: the subject of Depp’s recent promotional visit to China, where there are high expectations of the new movie, one of the few foreign films allowed for release there each year. (China will also be the only country to get a 3-D version of Transcendence, which will be released on Friday, the same day as it is in the United States, to combat piracy.)

Depp waxes lyrical about his trip, where he was mobbed by large crowds of fans and got to interact with Chinese artists, doing some sculpting with sculptor Ren Zhe and jamming with rock star David Tao.

“I had a great time there, meeting that wonderful sculptor and going into the 798 district where the artist community thrives. It was an incredible experience. Everything was my favourite. And the duck isn’t bad.”

The press laps it up, laughingly delightedly at this and other crumbs he drops, among them the confession that he is a bit of a Luddite when it comes to the sort of technology that the film is so ambivalent about.

It only enhances his aura of singularity, of course.

“Oh, I’m the worst with computers and phones and things,” he says, smiling. “Normally when I travel or go on location (to film), I always have an acoustic guitar, a record player with some vinyl, more than likely old blues, and always a typewriter, an old Smith Corona.

“And that’s how I live.”


New Report Says Jamie Foxx Is Learning To Walk Again Amid Mystery Health Issue. His Daughter Says He Was Playing Pickleball




It’s been nearly two months since Jamie Foxx’s family revealed that the Oscar-winning actor had been hospitalized due to a “medical complication” suffered on the set of his upcoming Netflix movie Back in Action, co-starring Cameron Diaz. Providing the most recent update on his health, his eldest daughter Corinne Foxx, had taken to social media to address the situation, saying her father was doing well and even engaging in activities like playing pickleball. Although in a new exclusive report, an insider claims the actor is currently undergoing intense physiotherapy to aid his recovery and regain his mobility.

While the true extent of the Soul star’s health condition remains shrouded in mystery, allegedly the 55-year-old actor has been facing mobility struggles since the incident on April 11 while filming in Atlanta. An insider told RadarOnline that Jamie is receiving treatment at one of the top physical rehabilitation centers specializing in stroke, brain, and spinal cord injuries. The insider told the publication:

“Jamie is receiving treatment at one of the top physical rehabilitation centers in the country. The clinic specializes in physical therapy programs to treat injuries or a physical condition that limits or prohibits the ability to walk or walk correctly. They teach people how to walk again at this particular clinic”.

In a post shared on Instagram in May, Corinne addressed the media coverage surrounding her father’s condition. She had shared a post from RapTV, which has since been deleted, claiming that the actor’s loved ones were “preparing for the worst.” However, she said these claims were erroneous and clarified that her dad had been out of the hospital for “weeks” and was recuperating. Now the unnamed source told RadarOnline that the actor’s condition is a bit more serious, continuing:

“Jamie would not be at this clinic if he was not impaired in some way as a result of whatever happened to him. But fans should rest assured: Jamie is in the best of care at this type of clinic”.

Foxx and his family have chosen to remain relatively silent about the nature of his recent health complications while appreciating the outpouring of love and support from fans and friends. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 actor briefly addressed the situation on social media on May 3, expressing his gratitude for the love he received.

Following the Django Unchained performer’s hospitalization, reports revealed that two of his ongoing projects, namely Back In Action and Beat Shazam, have resumed production in his absence. Back In Action is an action comedy for Netflix, while Beat Shazam is a game show where the Collateral star serves as the host alongside his daughter, Corinne Foxx, who acts as the show’s DJ. With Jamie’s blessing, Nick Cannon has taken over hosting duties for the game show.

We will likely hear from Jamie Foxx soon, with numerous exciting flicks set to hit the 2023 movie release schedule. Among his many upcoming projects, the Ray star is set to star in various action films, including God Is A Bullet alongside Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Maika Monroe, as well as Tin Soldier featuring Robert De Niro and Scott Eastwood, both slated for release this summer. Furthermore, he will be seen in the Netflix comedy They Cloned Tyrone alongside John Boyega, and he has also lent his voice to the R-rated talking-dog comedy Strays.

Jamie Foxx’s return to the screen is highly anticipated. Whether he’s enjoying a game of pickleball or continuing his rehabilitation, we hope the actor continues to prioritize his recovery. Given his ability to captivate viewers with his talent, and versatility, a successful recovery will assure audiences they can look forward to experiencing his exceptional performances for many years to come. Having so many upcoming 2023 roles, it’s great news to hear his recovery is in good hands following his recent health scare.

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Jamie Foxx will address fans ‘when he’s ready’ following mystery illness, Nick Cannon says




Cannon took over for Foxx as a guest host of the musical game show "Beat Shazam" after the 55-year-old was hospitalized in April. (Getty)

Nick Cannon said he believes Jamie Foxx will update fans on the health scare that sent him to the hospital in April “when he’s ready.”

“One thing I’ve always respected about how Jamie’s moved throughout his entire career, if you’ve noticed, he’s always been somebody who is extremely professional and extremely private,” Cannon told “Extra’s” Billy Bush.

“I mean, you don’t ever really hear anything other than just the great work that he puts forth as a professional and the fact that, you know, he’s handled this situation with the same manner, you only can respect that,” said Cannon.

He went on to add, “I believe when he’s ready, he’s going to address the awaiting fans in the world [about his health scare] the way that only he can.”

During the interview, Bush asked Cannon about reports that Foxx suffered a stroke and if he could give an update on his condition. Foxx’s family has not disclosed his medical condition.

“I’m probably in the same boat as you in that same sense of just knowing that, you know, as a friend, just being as respectful as I can, I don’t pry,” Cannon answered. “I don’t ask any other questions. And other than the information that’s given to me and, you know, what’s asked of me.”

He said the information that his family has put out “is the information that they want to be out there.”

“I was definitely one of those people initially with like the heavy-handed prayers… sending positive energy, love, and prayers,” he added. “And they were like, ‘Yo, we appreciate all of that, but we got it.’ And, you know, Jamie’s happy with the job that I did on ‘Beat Shazam.’”

Cannon took over for Foxx as guest host of the musical game show “Beat Shazam” after the 55-year-old was hospitalized in April. Kelly Osbourne took over as deejay for Foxx’s daughter Corinne.

Foxx broke his silence at the end of April, writing on Instagram, “Appreciate all the love!!! Feeling blessed.”

In mid-May, his daughter Corinne Foxx gave an update on Foxx’s condition, writing on her Instagram story at the time that her father has been “out of the hospital for weeks” and is “recuperating” – and even playing pickleball.

In a since-deleted Instagram post, Corinne shared on April 12 that her father experienced a “medical complication” the day before, and “quick action and great care” helped guide him toward recovery last month.

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Nick Cannon urges for patience from fans over Jamie Foxx’s health condition report




Amongst the many friends Jamie Foxx has in the entertainment industry, Nick Cannon is one of his closest ones. During this difficult health scare situation the actor has gone through, Cannon has made a public statement during an interview with the folks from Extra TV. He wanted to send a calming message to all fans who want to know what exactly happened to Jamie. Many different versions of what happened have emerged, some of them are quite conspiratorial, to say the least. But dropping information or statements from any source is hardly responsible, especially if these people who make such statements have an agenda.

Last Thursday, sme news of Jamie Foxx going blind due to taking the COVID-19 vaccine started circulating online but it came from a known anti-vaxxer. Until we get information from Jamie Foxx himself, there is no reason to post misleading information that will only get people even more worried than they already are. Nick Cannon wanted to send these people who worry a message and also to those who try to push their narrative by using this unfortunate event. As we expected, Cannon asked for patience and for better judgement when we are trying to find out what happened to Jamie. This is great advice from someone who actually has contact with the actor and his family.

Nick Cannon’s statement on Jamie Foxx’s health

Cannon said: “One thing I’ve always respected about how Jamie’s moved throughout his entire career, if you’ve noticed, he’s always been somebody who is extremely professional and extremely private. I mean, you don’t ever really hear anything other than just the great work that he puts forth as a professional and the fact that, you know, he’s handled this situation with the same manner, you only can respect that.

“I believe when he’s ready, he’s going to address the awaiting fans in the world [about his health scare] the way that only he can. I’m probably in the same boat as you in that same sense of just knowing that, you know, as a friend, just being as respectful as I can, I don’t pry. I don’t ask any other questions. And other than the information that’s given to me and, you know, what’s asked of me.“


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