December 1st, 2010
02:30 PM ET
Spending months in Venice with Angelina Jolie may sound like a dream come true to most men, but Johnny Depp admits that he had his reservations.
“Meeting her and getting to know her was a real pleasant surprise,” he tells December's Vanity Fair about his co-star in the upcoming spy thriller "The Tourist," due in theaters December 10.
"You don’t know what she might be like - if she has any sense of humor at all. I was so pleased to find that she is incredibly normal, and has a wonderfully kind of dark, perverse sense of humor.”
Not unlike movie legend pal Elizabeth Taylor, whom Depp, 47, says Jolie, 35, matches in both beauty and boldness.
“You know, you sit down with her, she slings hash, she sits there and cusses like a sailor, and she’s hilarious," he says of 78-year-old Taylor. "Angie’s got the same kind of thing, you know, the same approach.”
Despite his affection for Jolie - who is rumored to be making a movie about Cleopatra, a role Taylor famously tackled in 1963 - the duo kept their distance while filming "The Tourist." Depp, who has two children with partner Vanessa Paradis, tells Vanity Fair he didn't want to give the press any reason to link him with the mom of six.
As a result, the co-stars – whose new film follows the adventures of an American man who falls for a mystery woman while on vacation in Europe - found themselves "having to hide, sometimes not even being able to talk to each other in public," he says, "because someone will take a photograph and it will be misconstrued and turned into some other [expletive]."
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