Alice Cooper, the legendary rockstar known for his wild persona and theatrical performances, recently opened up about his friendship with actor Johnny Depp. The two have been bandmates in the Hollywood Vampires for eight years, but according to Cooper, they rarely discuss Depp’s high-profile divorce from his ex-wife Amber Heard. In a candid interview with The Times, Cooper revealed that he once jokingly suggested a movie remake to Depp, but the actor preferred to leave his personal life out of the limelight.
Cooper’s suggestion to remake the 1989 film “The War of the Roses,” in which a married couple battles each other, was met with laughter from Depp. It seems that the actor, who is known for his aversion to the spotlight, would rather focus on his music career as a guitarist in the band and avoid the scrutiny that comes with his acting success. Cooper stated, “Johnny is a good guitarist, and in a way, he would have been happiest doing that, playing side of stage in a band and not having to deal with the level of attention he gets.”
Depp and Heard’s highly publicized divorce took place between 2015 and 2017, attracting worldwide media attention. The former couple both made abuse allegations against each other and engaged in defamation cases in both the United Kingdom and the United States. While Cooper did not comment on the specifics of their divorce, his statement implied that Depp prefers to keep his personal life private and away from public scrutiny.
Alice Cooper, no stranger to dramatic headlines himself, shared an amusing anecdote about one of the most famous myths surrounding his own career. It has long been rumored that he bit the head off a live chicken during a concert in 1969. However, Cooper set the record straight, revealing that the incident never actually occurred as described. He explained that while performing in Toronto, he spotted a chicken onstage and, being from Detroit and unfamiliar with farm animals, he tossed it into the audience, expecting it to become someone’s pet. To his surprise, the audience tore the chicken apart and threw it back on stage. This incident, combined with Frank Zappa’s advice to embrace the rumor, led to the creation of the villainous image that rock music needed at the time.
Despite the occasional mention of personal matters, Cooper and Depp’s friendship is largely centered around their shared passion for music. The Hollywood Vampires, which also includes guitarist Joe Perry of Aerosmith fame, allows them to bond over their love for rock ‘n’ roll. Cooper emphasized Depp’s talent as a guitarist and his preference for being behind the scenes, away from the constant public attention that comes with his acting career. His appreciation for Depp’s musical abilities highlights the camaraderie and mutual respect between the two artists.
In the realm of celebrity friendships, Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp’s bond stands out for its shared musical interests and unique dynamics. Cooper’s recent revelation about their limited discussions on Depp’s divorce sheds light on the actor’s desire to keep his personal life out of the public eye. Through their collaboration in the Hollywood Vampires, the two rock icons find solace in creating music together, away from the demanding nature of their respective careers. This unconventional friendship serves as a reminder that true connections can be formed when authenticity and shared interests prevail.