Depp's Surprise Stint in KVIFF Trailer Steals the Show


| LAST UPDATE 07/11/2023

By Riley Hammond
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Our favorite Hollywood pirate, Johnny Depp, has made a surprise appearance in the opening trailer for the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF). Yes, you heard it right! And it is as hilarious as it gets!

Imagine this: Depp, walking outdoors, guitar case in hand, looking every bit the rock star that he is. He then stumbles into a hotel lobby, wrestling with his guitar case to get it through the door (Pssst... maybe it's filled with pirate's treasure?). Here, he bumps into a lady who's all set to interview him. The plot thickens when she points out that despite attending the KVIFF, our dear Johnny came home empty-handed. "Literally everyone who goes gets an award. How come you didn’t?” she asks, throwing some shade his way. “Did I not?” Depp responds, playing coy. His interviewer confirms, “I don’t think you did.”

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But wait there’s a twist. After an awkward pause, Depp reaches into his guitar case and pulls out a KVIFF trophy, complete with a piece of tape covering the nameplate, upon which his name has been hastily scribbled. Talk about a classic Depp move! This chuckle-inducing trailer was specially crafted for the 57th annual edition of the KVIFF. The brainchild behind this hilarious piece is director Ivan Zachariáš, who filmed it at the Hotel Gellér in Budapest while Depp was working on a film in Europe.

Apparently, Depp wanted to improvise during the shoot. Zachariáš admitted to being initially surprised but later found it to be a brilliant idea. "Johnny ended up putting even more of his own personality into the trailer,” he shared. They had a blast shooting, and even after wrapping up, Depp was still up for a chat, even though his plane was waiting for him. Karlovy Vary festival executive director Kryštof Mucha gushed over Depp's participation. “Two years ago, Johnny Depp received an immensely warm welcome from audiences and fans, thanks to which he has become a great supporter of ours,” he said. Despite Depp's jam-packed schedule, he agreed to film the trailer, much to the delight of the festival team. Just so you know, the KVIFF has a tradition of featuring A-list stars in its trailers. Past participants include Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Andy Garcia, Jude Law, Danny DeVito, Miloš Forman, and Casey Affleck. But let's be honest, nothing beats a surprise appearance by Captain Jack Sparrow himself, right?

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