The singer, who celebrated his milestone birthday on Christmas Day, was brought on stage by his partner Victoria Mary Clarke and finished the evening with a rendition of the traditional song 'Will Ye Go Lassie Go'.

The stellar line-up had included original Sex Pistols bass guitarist Glen Matlock, Catatonia frontwoman Cerys Matthews, Blondie drummer Clem Burke, Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie and Libertines singer Carl Barât, all of whom have credited Mac Gowan for his song-writing talent.

Then there are the sordid (though vigorously contested) accusations of alcoholism and violence that have attended his divorce from Amber Heard.

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We've worked together on six movies now and he's just an amazing individual."And don't expect a Depp-less origin spin-off either (a la Han Solo), as setting sail on the small screen."You have a kitchen in your house, right?

He's still out to get what's good for him."Johnny himself hasn't changed either.

In 1990, he persuaded Burton to cast him in the title role of Edward Scissorhands, a whey-faced ghoul-boy whose inventor (Burton idol Vincent Price) gave him scissors in place of hands, so that he hurt people he longed to embrace.

It was a tender, marvelously designed film, and also a monument to — and justification for — Burton’s morbid self-pity.

Depp’s Keatonesque persona was often endearing but just as often dear.

And then came Don Juan De Marco with Marlon Brando. In an essay on Last Tango in Paris, Norman Mailer wrote that every line Brando spoke sounded like an imperfect compromise among five different, equally inadequate things he might have said. He was also a damaged child, abandoned by his mother (the town drunk) and physically abused by his father.Never much for rehearsal or memorization, he also developed a system whereby he wore a tiny earpiece, through which an assistant fed him lines.He argued that this made his acting more spontaneous.Of course, Depp gave more disciplined performances, like his fine, believable work in Donnie Brasco as a cop who goes undercover and becomes a surrogate son to a mob middleman played by Al Pacino.It helped that he couldn’t compete with Pacino in the scenery-chewing department — no one can.(He even dared to cast Brando in his directorial debut, The Brave, which he pulled from domestic circulation after a cataclysmic Cannes Film Festival premiere.) But Depp’s infatuation wasn’t with the Brando who trained under Stella Adler and learned to release his volcanic emotions onstage and in movies.