May 31st, 2011
02:31 PM ET
Edward Scissorhands. The Mad Hatter. Captain Jack Sparrow. Johnny Depp has played his share of quirky characters over the years, and according to "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" director Rob Marshall, they're just the types of roles that will make him a Hollywood legend.
“He's as vivid as those great stars of the past, Humphrey Bogart and Clark Gable and Errol Flynn," Marshall tells the L.A. Times. "Many, many, many years from now, when people look at this generation of Hollywood, he will be considered the great star of this era. He's his own thing and he takes major chances every single time he makes a film."
Marshall and "Pirates" producer Jerry Bruckheimer both believe Depp would have made a great silent-movie star.
"He's like a Rudolph Valentino," says Marshall. "He has such a command of expression without words. The humor and the feelings he can convey with his face alone is extraordinary. He's this consummate artist who is also like the nicest, most generous man."
Marshall compares Depp to Charlie Chaplin and swashbuckler Errol Flynn, and adds, "He's a throwback to another time. To me he is, honestly, a star from another time. He is that unique."
Do you agree that Depp is a legend in the making?
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