Johnny Depp’s real voice has caused concern and confusion as people around the world watch his high-profile lawsuit with Amber Heard.
For many tuning in to Depp’s defamation lawsuit against Heard, this may be the first time they’ve heard Johnny Depp’s real voice and accent. And this caused some confusion.
After decades on screen, Depp has brought dozens of characters to life, each with a unique and remarkably accurate accent.
However, perhaps his most famous is the drunken British drawl he delivered to Captain Jack Sparrow, which many convinced him to be was British.
He also perfected the Cockney accent, like Sweeney Todd, the Scot for Looking for Neverland and a tongue-tied Glasgow accent like the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland.
This man is a Hollywood chameleon – oddly enough, he even voiced one of them in the 2011 animated film. Rango.
After voicing so many characters over the course of his years-long career, his “real” accent seems to have evolved into a mixture of European and American, which some critics say is less than convincing in the midst of a brutal public defamation trial.
Which begs the question: what is Johnny Depp’s real accent, and has his career made him forget how to say “normal”?
What is Johnny Depp’s accent?
When he was seven years old, his family settled in Miramar, Florida, where he lived until he left school and moved to Los Angeles to become a rock musician and eventually an actor.
In short, he (and at least his basic accent) is as American as they are.
Has his accent changed?
Throughout his career, Depp has been accused of changing his accent or switching between British, Scottish and even Australian accents from time to time.
It seems that the need to endlessly pick different accents had some effect on his way of speaking, as well as his way of life when he traveled the world and lived in different countries.
Does he have a speech impediment?
Some have speculated that Depp stutters because of the way he spoke during the trial.
He seemed to be struggling to speak certain phrases, but that could be because he was uncomfortable talking about such a sensitive, traumatic topic in public.
It has also been suggested that Depp developed Foreign accent syndrome (FAS), which, according to Marca, causes a person to have a sudden change in speech that is perceived as a foreign accent.
Only about 100 people have ever been diagnosed with FAS, and most developed it as a result of a traumatic brain injury, so it’s unlikely that Depp had it.
Critics aren’t convinced by his “real” accent
American shock athlete Howard Stern criticized Depp for “overacting” during a libel trial.
Discussing the lawsuit on his SiriusXM radio show, Stern mentioned Depp’s “difficulty speaking English” and his accent.
“First of all, isn’t he (Depp) from the south of the Midwest? Johnny Depp was born in Kentucky. Does that look like a guy from Kentucky? Stern said