Johnny Depp gives voice to ''Dante'' audiobook -- The actor has been recorded reading his friend Nick Tosches' thriller ''In the Hand of Dante''

By Karen Valby and Matthew Flamm
Updated June 13, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT
Johnny Depp Illustration by John Cuneo

Johnny Depp was in London last week with friend and writer Nick Tosches. The expat actor recorded the audiobook of Tosches’ much-hyped September thriller ”In the Hand of Dante,” reciting lines like ”Louie pulled off his bra and threw it down upon the casket.” ”Johnny was one of the first people to read the book,” says Tosches’ agent Russell Galen. ”Nick was prepared to kill the audio deal if Johnny couldn’t read it. He literally would not have let anyone else read his book.” While nothing’s been confirmed, look for Depp on the Los Angeles leg of Tosches’ five-city tour.