Johnny Depp is one of those rare artists in the film industry that always seem to strive to challenge himself as an actor and not just look toward increasing his celebrity status. OK, ok, yes, Depp “cashed in” with the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, but on the whole, the man chooses his roles very carefully and always tends to avoid the obvious. if you look through his list of movies, you can easily see the variety and depth of the roles he has taken on over the years. i loved his CIA Agent Sands character in Robert Rodriguez’s Once Upon a Time in Mexico. even though Sands was crooked and evil, Depp portrayed him in a way that you felt sorry for the guy in the end. in one of my favorite scenes… in fact probably in my top two favorite Johnny Depp scenes of all time, is the part where he ends up finding the best puerco pibil that he’s tasted anywhere. he ends up saying, “El, you really must try this because it’s puerco pibil. It’s a slow-roasted pork, nothing fancy. It just happens to be my favorite, and I order it with a tequila and lime in every dive I go to in this country. And honestly, that is the best it’s ever been anywhere. In fact, it’s too good. It’s so good that when I’m finished, I’ll pay my check, walk straight into the kitchen and shoot the cook. Because that’s what I do. I restore the balance to this country. And that is what I would like from you right now. Help keep the balance by pulling the trigger.” my other choice for best Johnny Depp scene is in Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. well, every Depp scene in the movie is gold but the way Depp says “Everything in this room is eatable. Even *I’m* eatable. But that is called cannibalism, my dear children, and is in fact frowned upon in most societies” is simply the work of a master!! he’s a genius I tell you, pure genius! you know, Tim Burton seems to always get the best out of Johnny Depp. they work well together. in fact they’re collaborating again in the upcoming movie musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. that’s right, a film adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim/Hugh Wheeler musical. the movie will hit the theaters on December 21 and it’s currently creating quite a buzz. visit the official Sweeney Todd movie site to check out the new movie trailer. from the look of things, it appears to be another wonderful Burton/Depp collaboration. and how can we resist getting a chance to see Depp for the first time singing in a feature film. there he goes again, stretching himself as an actor. be sure to visit Sweeney Todd on MySpace to see some exclusive interviews with Depp about his involvement in the project. and by adding Sweeney Todd to your friends list on myspace, you’ll automatically be entered for a chance to meet Depp at the Global Premiere! check the site for all the details.