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Johnny Depp to spend 15 hours in Japan for 'Alice in Wonderland' premiere

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Actor Johnny Depp, 46, will make a 15-hour visit to Japan next Monday, arriving in a private jet for the Japan premiere of Tim Burton's adaptation of "Alice in Wonderland," before flying back to Italy that night.

Depp, who plays the Mad Hatter in the 3D fantasy adventure, is busy with the filming of his next movie, so he can't stay longer. Also, private jets have to depart from Narita Airport before 10 p.m.

Depp will attend a press conference in Tokyo at 1 p.m., and is scheduled to attend an event for fans as well as greet the audience at the Japan premiere.

Released in the U.S. earlier this month and already chalking up more than $200 million in sales there, the movie is expected to do well in Japan, too, with some 15,000 tickets being pre-sold, even though it doesn't open in cinemas here until April 17.

The movie also features Mia Wasikowska, 20, as a 19-year-old Alice who returns to the whimsical world she first encountered as a young girl. She reunites with her childhood friends and tries to put a stop to the Red Queen - played by Helena Bonham Carter, 43 - and her rein of terror.

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Hmmm, Johnny's choice.... party & be pampered in Japan, or return to work in Italy a.s.a.p.?

Good choice Johnny.

;o)

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I'm sure if it was up to him he would stay in Japan. He's one of the most liked actors, and he deserves it. Recently he finished "The Rum Diary" in Puerto Rico and he was incredible with the fans.

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he ought to get jim jarmusch to bring a script and film it

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Saw "Alice" in 3D/Imax in States and enjoyed it. Many of the critics who disliked it were upset the Tim Burton didn't follow the original story as close as they liked. I could care less. Depp did his usual good job and the special effects were great. This was Burton and Depp's seventh collaboration together.

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party and pampered in 15 hours after a (probably) 15-hour flight? One doubts it. More like exhausted.

It's good to see actors giving themselves to their fans like this vs staying home. How many other actors would fly halfway around the world just for a press conference and 'an event'?

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@ rajahsahib: He did. It was called "Dead Man". It was one of the few movies he did that flopped.

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Didn't he also do a short stopover stint last time he visited? Next it will be "Depp's private jet in Japanese airspace for 4 1/2 minutes ext week" - Fans, arm yourselves with radar equipment and binoculars.

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I quite enjoyed 'Dead Man' actually....

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well, they don't think this is pampering, if you have flown in private jet before, flying across the world to attend a premier and then flying back is no fun

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"private jets have to depart from Narita before 10 pm". Yup, gotta let those dozen or so rice farmers get their sleep. Talk about the tail wagging the dog.

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What's the point of having a private jet then?

and where is the sequel to Fear and Loathing? Come on, Johny!

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@rajah and pam

Deadman was a great movie. DId it flop? I think like most Jarmusch movies it just stayed under the radar. Recently taught it in school actually and went over old William Blake poems w/ the kids which was quite interesting. (William Blake was what a lot of the movie was based on.) Definitely check it out if you haven't. Of f the top of my head I'd say it's Depps best movie.

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Dead Man was a great flick.

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15 hours!!!! does he have time to fit it a quick commerical for a product and walk away with a million smack-a-roos for an hours work?? "Mmmm Boss (coffee) Oishi". Cut and thats a take Mr. Johnny san. Here is your million.

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he is one of the most handsome men in the world, Keanu, Johnny Depp, Sornram and Pong. All exotic and intelligent.

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whatever the neg comments. I think he is still one of the best actors around.... Yea, I would do a mini layover here too for the bosses as I have read he is quite pissed about the dolphin and whaling....

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Robert Mitchum was in Dead Man, saw that here in Shibuya. Great film. It didn't flop, just wasn't a 'Blockbuster!' Have been hearing very mixed reviews about Alice, say it ain't so! Not that I am listening, I am still going to go.

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.......And I assume his finger prints will have to be taken for the 15 hour stay in the country.

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Somehow this read as if it were excerpted from his promo contract rider.

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No issue with this story as long as Mr. Depp doesn't come out with any self-righteous comments about carbon footsteps down the road.

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Saw A in W. It's very witty, Depp is characteristically weirdo, crazy, deeply likeable. Don't think anyone else could have pulled off this the Mad Hatter so well. ...and I wonder if he will be fingerprinted, too. Shame, that.

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Zipping half way around the world just for a premiere. I guess there is downside to being famous...Anyway, I look forward to seeing Alice in 3D!!

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Dead Man is also one of my favorite Depp's movies. but you have to enjoy Jirmush's weird style to like it

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barely enough time to show off his chopstick prowess

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15 hours huh? Just time enough to write his name in kanji and learn about the 4 seasons. Bet he doesn't have to be criminally fingerprinted at immigration. These film stars are way too big to force them in to those indignities that we ordinary criminals er I mean foreigners have to do.

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"private jets have to depart from Narita Airport before 10 p.m."

What time can they begin departures?

"is busy with the filming of his next movie"

That had better be Pirates 4. And it had better be better than Pirates 3. His best movies are Pirates 1 and Pirates 2. Sticks and stones, love, ha ha ha!

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You have to wonder what an actor could be getting up to that is so important that he can't spend more than 15 hours in Japan. He'll spend more than that going back and forth.

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The article says what he's "getting up to". He's in the middle of a film shoot, so he's only able to squeeze this appearance in during the filming of a scene where he isn't on-camera.

And you're right, he WILL be spending more time in the air than on Japanese soil, but those contracts they sign specify X number of pre-release appearances to promote the movie - no matter WHAT you happen to be doing when they want you to appear.

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15 hours eh? I guess that's the most he could take. Which "journalist" will be the first to ask if he's an herbivore?

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Kinda sucks to have to travel that far just for a 15 hour visit... Either he's a really busy man or he wants to get out of there asap.

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Actors are somewhat like politicians in that they don't understand their constituents (ticket and DVD buyers). You are doing yourself a disservice to your fans Johnny Depp. -They expect more of you.

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Depp is not an actor, he's a composite emulator. He takes other personalities he observes and melds them into a character that overrides his own personality instead of creating a character from scratch that adds to his own personality. His mind will eventually fracture and he'll lose all self identity if he continues. Look what happened to Peter Sellers. He spent the last days of his life uncontrollably replaying characters he had played throughout his career because of this same method of acting.

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Depp is not an actor, he's a composite emulator.

Oh you have to trade mark that expression! Is it an official term, or did you just make it up?

And thanks for the psychological profiling...maybe a dose of Scientology is in order for the Deppinator! ;)

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15 hours, why even bother coming...

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He must be on a pretty tight schedule. I wonder which direction he'll be flying in from -- is crossing the Atlantic shorter, or the Pacific, to Japan from Italy?

Lancestar: There are arguably no actors, ever, then -- because no personality trait can be made from scratch. All stories are also ultimately combinations and twists upon previous stories. Your comment is also therefore not a real comment, because all of the words have been used in great works of literature before you used them here.

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Businessmen fly in and out of Tokyo for less time than that all the time. Arrive in the morning, sign the contract, leave in the evening.

What I want to know is, WHERE IS THE FAN EVENT? I wanna go.

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Bump bump bump Where is the fan event?

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