Johnny Depp never expected musical roles

Johnny Depp can't believe he has been cast in two musical movies

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Johnny Depp "never imagined" appearing in a musical.

The 51-year-old actor - who previously showed off his vocal talents in the lead role in 'Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street' - jumped at the chance to play the wolf in 'Into the Woods' because he didn't think he'd get the opportunity to sing on screen again.

Director Rob Marshall said: "I think he was excited about doing another Sondheim musical - that was thrilling for him. He was like, 'I can't believe I've done two Sondheim musicals in my life'. He never imagined ever doing a musical. But mostly he was excited because he wanted to play the big bad wolf."

Though Johnny only has a small part in the production - which features an all-star cast including Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt and Anna Kendrick - Rob admits that was part of the appeal for the hunky actor.

He added: "He is a great influence and such an extraordinary man in so many ways and so kind and so wonderful to work with and generous beyond belief and he was excited to be part of a company.

"It was a small part, and that was exciting for him - not to carry the film - and it's almost a cameo in a way."

Into the Woods

  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 124 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Rob Marshall
  • Cast: Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski, Johnny Depp
  • UK release: 9 January 2015

Disney's long-in-the-making adaptation of Sondheim and Lapine's musical, in which a clutch of fairytale characters help a baker (Corden) and his wife (Blunt) lift a curse which prevents them from having a baby. Despite some great moments, the story drags; if you're a fan it's likely to please, but it won't win anyone else…

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