Deadly Movie Cameos: Johnny Depp in Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)
Back in 1984 a very young Johnny Depp landed his first movie acting gig as Glen Lantz in Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street. A full seven years later, wit Edward Scissorhands (1990) under his belt, the now teen heartthrob would appear in an hilariously bizarre cameo in Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991) the sixth instalment in the ‘Nightmare’ franchise. Rather than ‘man in street’ or gratuitous walk on (so often the staple of the Hollywood cameo), Depp features in a Chuckle Brothers style routine with Freddy Krueger (including frying pan to face –pow!) as a TV chef making some sort of curious brain metaphor using an egg . In true ‘Nightmare’ fashion the sequence is a dream and therein masterfully diverts away from the brain pain of duel realities or forth wall destruction. It’s a great blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment and serves as a good example of how big name actors who started life in horror are more than willing to return to the genre if called upon. Oh and if you look for his name in the credits you won’t find it.., he is credited as Oprah Noodlemantra, a name that if you type into imdb.com or Wikipedia.org will divert straight to Depp’s profile.