ANGELINA JOLIE’S latest big fan? None other than JOHNNY DEPP.

“Meeting her and getting to know her was a real pleasant surprise,” the actor, who stars with ANGELINA in the upcoming film THE TOURIST, told rocker PATTI SMITH in an interview for VANITY FAIR.

“You don’t know what she might be like – if she has any sense of humour at all. I was so pleased to find that she is incredibly normal and has a wonderfully kind of dark, perverse sense of humour.”

In fact, JOHNNY, a three time ACADEMY AWARD nominee, compared OSCAR winner ANGELINA to another Hollywood goddess – one from an earlier generation.

“I’ve had the honour and the pleasure and gift of having known Elizabeth Taylor for a number of years,” JOHNNY commented.

“You know, you sit down with her, she slings hash, she sits there and cusses like a sailor…and she’s hilarious. Angie’s got the same kind of thing. You know, the same approach.”

JOHNNY also feels a measure of sympathy for ANGELINA and her family, who deal with the harshest glare of fame.

“Poor thing. Dogged by paparazzi, her and Brad [Pitt]…all their kids. There are times when you see how ridiculous is this life, how ludicrous it is, you know, leaving your house every morning and being followed by paparazzi.”

The actor also touches on a number of other subjects, including Disney executives’ shocked reaction to his Jack Sparrow performance.

“I think it was Michael Eisner…who was quoted as saying, ‘He’s ruining the movie.'”

JOHNNY asserted that the Disney people “couldn’t stand” Jack Sparrow and one woman even asked if his creation was gay. JOHNNY told her that “all my characters are gay” and that “really made her nervous.”

He also discussed his early dreams of being a rock star. “I was a guitarist and that’s what I wanted to do.”

And he reveals what could be an interesting future project.

“[Marlon Brando said] Why don’t you just take a year and go and study Shakespeare or go and study Hamlet? Go and work on Hamlet and play that part. Play that part before you’re too old…And I would like to.”

“I’d really really like to.”

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