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Johnny Depp - A Kind Of Illusionby Denis Meikle
First published in 2004
While the author, for whatever reason, chooses to place Depp high on a proverbial pedestal during his writings, a "Kind of Illusion" if ever there was one, Depp's own contemporaries do not fare so well. Indeed, during the discussion of any of his films that were to perform poorly at the box-office, the author consistently blames anyone except Depp himself.
River is mentioned on at least twelve different pages throughout this biography, but at best never in a positive light, and at worse, in an outright derogatory manner.
This cruel character-assassination continues in much the same manner for page after sordid page. Towards the end of the book, the circumstances surrounding Depp parting ways with the night club, the Viper Room, are examined. A lawsuit brought against Depp by business partner and part-owner Anthony Fox, in July 2000 dragged on for several years and the final court ruling left Depp with three choices. He could either sell his own shares in the venue, buy out Fox's interest, or just sell the club altogether.
In the end, this was one of the few books in Phoenix Bookshelf that we just couldn't be bothered to finish reading. Well, what with all the "bleating" and "gawping" to be done, we just didn't have the time.