Johnny Depp wants to play Hamlet on stage -- The star feels like the role fits his outcast and oddball character choices

By Daneet Steffens and Jeff Gordinier
Updated July 21, 1995 at 04:00 AM EDT

Keanu Reeves did it. So did Ralph Fiennes. Now Johnny Depp says he wants to do it too. Star in Hamlet, that is. ”When I was working with Marlon Brando [on Don Juan DeMarco], he said, ‘Why don’t you take a year off and play Hamlet?”’ says Depp. ”I was very honored. It’s something I would like to do.” Depp adds that Shakespeare’s angst-ridden prince would be right in tune with his past roles. ”With the characters I’ve played, [what] interests me is that they are considered outcasts, oddballs,” says Depp, who’ll appear next as an accountant in Paramount’s Nick of Time. ”That’s something I identify with.” Though Depp adds that he’s anxious to do theater, a spokesman for the actor says playing the great Dane may just be wishful talk inspired by the Wild One’s comment: ”As far as we know, that’s as far as it’s gone.”