Johnny Depp Wasn't Supposed To Star In The Movie That Launched His Career


Johnny Depp has a storied career with varied performances (some of them Oscar-nominated), which makes it easy to forget that once he was just a struggling actor looking for his breakthrough role. Incidentally, the role that served as his first professional acting credit almost went to another actor.

The role of Glen Lantz in the 1984 surprise hit "A Nightmare on Elm Street" was originally offered to Charlie Sheen. Fortunately for Depp, Sheen asked for $3,000 a week, which was outside the team's budget.

Director Wes Craven revealed that his initial reading with Depp didn't leave him particularly impressed, due to what Craven considered poor hygiene issues. In yet another stroke of luck for Depp, Craven's 14-year-old daughter and her friend were able to change his mind.

Craven said he took the headshots of the actors he was considering for Glen and showed them to the two girls, who both “immediately pointed” at Depp. Despite his reluctance, he decided to trust his daughter’s opinion and the rest is history.