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On Stage with Johnny Depp
8 February 2016 3:00 AM, PST
I've been conducting tributes at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival for 25 years. Each guest is different (from Clint Eastwood to Cate Blanchett) but spending two hours with them onstage, reviewing their career with an array of film clips, has been rewarding—for me and the audience. My goal is to make the guest feel comfortable so our "interview" becomes more of a conversation. This year, I was a bit more nervous than usual, knowing that honoree Johnny Depp refuses to watch himself on screen and isn't crazy about doing interviews. Then Johnny arrived and greeted me warmly, taking time to kiss my wife and daughter. As we stood backstage he said, "You...
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