Johnny Depp rescues little girl

Johnny Depp, who’s usually very gracious with the paparazzi, got angry when they shoved a young fan to get a better shot. Depp was in NYC this week making an appearance to promote his new movie, The Tourist, on Late Show with David Letterman when he was mobbed outside the building where the show is taped. A little girl began crying when she was shoved out of the way, but Johnny made his way through the crowd to put a protective arm around her. He chewed out the photographers and after making sure the girl was all right, Depp, who has an 11-year-old daughter, posed for a photograph with her. Once everything was smoothed out, he went back to signing autographs for the other fans and posing for pictures for both fans and paparazzi alike.

This wasn’t the first time Johnny went out of his way to make a young fan feel special. Earlier this year, in response to a British fan’s letter, he showed up at her school in character as Captain Jack Sparrow.

In 2008, when Public Enemies was completed, Depp sent the fedora he wore in the movie to a 12-year-old fan who’d admired it, as well as gifts for the boy’s four siblings. That same year, he made a voice recording for a girl in a coma at the request of her parents — after she heard his voice, she moved her leg.

Finally, Autograph magazine routinely lists him as the best celebrity for signing autographs, because he “likes to talk to fans and get to know them while signing.” ~Alexandra Heilbron

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  1. Helen • December 8, 2010 @ 4:53 PM

    He seems like such a nice man!

  2. Tweetybird • December 8, 2010 @ 5:05 PM

    He seems like the most incredible person. Just even the fact that he signs autographs makes him nicer than a lot of celebrities who think that fans are a nuisance. But he really goes out of his way to make them feel important.

  3. Ash • December 8, 2010 @ 6:09 PM

    I love Johnny Depp! this is one of the reasons why he my
    favourate character 😀

  4. Ash • December 8, 2010 @ 6:11 PM

    *favourate Actor

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  6. Chris • December 8, 2010 @ 11:37 PM

    I was a fan of this man before he became big, ive seen all of his films. He is a class A human being and fame as not gone to his head what so ever. If every celebrity was like this, i truly believe in some way or another, that the world would be a better place. Because weather we choose to see it, movie star’s are a big part of our culture.

  7. mandee • December 9, 2010 @ 1:12 AM

    i think the real thing we should be saying, chris is if EVERYONE was more like johnny the world would be a better place.

    once again, amazing guy. this guy stuns the hell out of me. i cant imagine anyone that deserves fame, good will and fortune as much as this guy. way to go, johnny!!! <3 he will always have my heart!

  8. G.D. • December 9, 2010 @ 1:26 AM

    They should all be like him.

  9. Paige • December 9, 2010 @ 11:43 AM

    I love him so much.

    Not only is he extremely talented, but he seems like such a sweetheart who genuinely appreciates and adores his fans.

  10. Darlene • December 9, 2010 @ 12:08 PM

    Few people other than a gracious man came to the rescue to the heart of a little girl, this shows a true MAN, not just a celebritey, A human soul that shows compassion and understanding for the human race; which all of us are!!

  11. Maggie • December 9, 2010 @ 12:23 PM

    Johnny Depp is an amazing person!! If only more people in the world would actually be as gracious as him, the world would be be a much better place!!!

  12. Margaret • December 9, 2010 @ 2:02 PM

    What a nice story!!! I have enjoyed the films he’s made and it’s nice to hear that not only is he a talented performer, but a kind and decent human being.

  13. Bug • December 9, 2010 @ 2:22 PM

    Cool guy. Not just a rich Hollywood pinhead. I’d like to meet him myself.

  14. Nathalie • December 9, 2010 @ 2:33 PM

    M. Depp est une personne vraie. Lui et sa famille sont des gens extraordinaires. Un exemple à suivre pour plusieurs vedettes. Bravo M.Depp et nous espérons toujours vous revoir dans la région de Montréal.

  15. Trish • December 9, 2010 @ 2:39 PM

    Way to go Johnny Depp what a nice thing to do.. someone has to speak up to those jerks.. and who are they to push a kid out of the way!
    He sounds like a good man would like to meet him.. love his movies esp chaplin..
    im sure the little girl felt special.. thats how we should all treat kids!
    a fan Trish

  16. Linda D • December 9, 2010 @ 2:44 PM

    That just goes to show he is a real person and has the same feelings everyone else has. I love his movies and would love to meet him. He is a special person and it does not go to his head. Keep up the good work Mr. Depp

  17. Rhp29 • December 9, 2010 @ 3:02 PM

    What a decent man!! Incredible to show respect and dignity to a little girl waiting to meet her favourite actor!! Luv him!!

  18. Maja • December 9, 2010 @ 3:08 PM

    Wow….how wonderful is that…..if that’s not the key to being the “sexiest man alive” I don’t know what is? What’s in the heart is what is sexiest to me…

  19. Tracy W • December 9, 2010 @ 3:11 PM

    All I have to say is what a great story! Its so glad to see an actor who genuinely cares about people and kids alike. I would like to see more actresses and actors follow but his unselfish example. Way to Go John Christopher Depp II! Ive been a fan of his since “cry baby”, and he never ceases to amaze me 🙂

  20. Dane • December 9, 2010 @ 3:17 PM

    I like Johnny Depp. It is always great to hear when celebrities of his magnitude (or any for that matter) take the time to show they are in fact, just human.

    This guy is top notch. Great to see and what an example for the rest of Hollywood, many of whom think they are too good for everyone.

    Good job Johnny, I have all the respect in the world for you as do many others I’m sure!

    Tom Cruise has also exhibited similar qualities and helped people in need, paid medical bills etc. (so it has been said anyways)

    Celebrities like this are truly deserving of their fame and fortunes.

    Awesome to hear of events like this 🙂

  21. Wendy • December 9, 2010 @ 4:24 PM

    While filming 21 Jump Street Johnny would often appear at the Children’s wards of our Vancouver Hospital….glad to hear his charitable side has not diminished with the growth of his fame….Way to go Johnny!!

  22. Mary • December 9, 2010 @ 4:25 PM

    Nice to know that he appreciates his fans. Saw The Tourist last night great movie has a little bit of everything in it. Absolutely loved it and highly recommend you see it. Thanks Tribute!

  23. Sara • December 9, 2010 @ 4:58 PM

    An even better reason to be a Depp fan!

  24. Catherine • December 9, 2010 @ 4:59 PM

    What a great guy… way to go Johnny..nobody should be pushing around a little girl who is a fan and just wanted to see him up close..nice to see stars taking care of their fans when the paparazzi get out of control!!! Does not surprise me to see him do that, he seems like such a peoples person and a great human being..

  25. Monique • December 9, 2010 @ 5:28 PM

    The true character of a human being is often caught in the spur of the moment when instinct is needed. Thanks Johnny for saving that little girl. She wont ever forget that day.

  26. sharon • December 9, 2010 @ 5:50 PM

    Not only a great actor but a genuinely nice guy

  27. Jamie • December 9, 2010 @ 6:20 PM

    He’s a true human and celebrity, who understands his fame and doesn’t get mad at being famous but rather respects it.

  28. Meladee • December 9, 2010 @ 7:48 PM

    He is amazing! Every story I read about him, I like him even more. Lucky little girl..I would love to get a picture with him! = )

  29. Thibz • December 9, 2010 @ 8:27 PM

    Congrats to Jonhnny for making tbat childs day 🙂 and to the stupid reporters honestly pushing a little girl into a crowd like that was inhuman.

  30. Kathleen • December 9, 2010 @ 9:14 PM

    YES, I agree with what most others were saying about Depp–he’s for REAL, a really good guy,and actor. So sweet of him to care about his younger fans the way he does! He’s made such an apparent impact on so many kids, from his ‘Pirate’s…’ movies. And for the rest of us, well, he just stole our hearts! He’s done wonders on the homefront,too, with his own kids, I’m sure! Hats off to you, Johnnie!!

  31. Susan • December 9, 2010 @ 9:51 PM

    He overacts a bit sometimes like in Alice in Wonderland but I like it when he does serious roles. We were just wondering why he has an english accent now!
    I hope Angelina doesn’t get any ideas of stealing him away from his wife.

  32. Barb • December 9, 2010 @ 10:35 PM

    This is why I love him.

  33. mandee • December 10, 2010 @ 2:43 AM

    susan, i dont think he was “overacting” he played the part perfectly for alice in wonderland, im sure he acted exactly as they told him or else they would have made him redo it until they felt it was just right. also, with how nice of a guy johnny depp is, id watch what rude things you say about his coworkers where he can read them. if hes willing to stand up for someone he has never met, im sure hed have some choice words for someone like you.

  34. Danny • December 10, 2010 @ 11:03 AM

    Depp is such a class act guy. It’s nice to read stories about famous people who really care about their fans.

  35. ruben • December 10, 2010 @ 1:16 PM

    BRAVO DEPP…. A genteel man, a pirate, sometimes weird (acting roles) but loving… a true ULYSSES. I had a similar type of attention from another actor, Martin Sheen… went out of his way to take a photo with me! He saw how others were cutting in while I waited patiently!

  36. Debby • December 10, 2010 @ 1:45 PM

    Love you, Johnny Depp

  37. Hugh Mungas • December 10, 2010 @ 3:39 PM

    Mr. Depp, Thank you for being an example for all others to emulate. We all are guilty of being engrossed with our own selfishness, but even with such rabbid adoration, financial bounty and professional success; you still exude your endless charity, goodwill and selflessness to your fans. I wish you nothing but continued success and all the best for you and your family.

  38. Jax • December 10, 2010 @ 7:05 PM

    Throughout Johnny’s career I’ve never heard a negative word about him. Reading about how he protected the girl from journalists and photographers, and then posed for a photo with her brought tears to my eyes. He’s a kind and decent man, and that is why we all love and respect him. Way to go, Johnny!

  39. Jax • December 10, 2010 @ 7:57 PM

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  40. whocares • December 10, 2010 @ 9:35 PM

    What a stellar human being…super nice and poised..and yes a talented actor who is GRATEFUL for his Blessings…May the Lord Bless him and his family…
    Kudos to a remarkable human being who has graciously touched many lives with his incredible gift of making the real…or unreal…be so believeable…from Edward Scissorhands…to Don Juan Di Marco…or that drug lord from Blow…he blows YOUR mind everytime he’s on screen..
    Keep it up bello…Cheers from a big fan 🙂

  41. LoveMyVamps • December 10, 2010 @ 11:05 PM

    My hero! Oh how I LOVE Johnny, let me count the way’s!!!

  42. deb • December 11, 2010 @ 9:58 AM

    it’s nice to see a star who has such compassion towards us common folk….he’s very generous and has not let his stardom give him a swollen head like some of the others….i wish he would send my grandkids a signed picture of himself…they would love it…

  43. Samantha • December 11, 2010 @ 11:36 AM

    This is amazing, I love stories like these. I opened my moviemail to find out about it and I wasn’t disappointed. Johnny is a kind, gracious, caring human being, you can see it in these photos. I can’t think of any other actor who cares about his fans the way he does. His children are very lucky to have him as a dad.

  44. Crissy • December 13, 2010 @ 1:33 PM

    I truly love this man i don’t think there is any other actor that would go to the length that he goes to for his fan. 😀 Its inspiring to see that not everyone in the world has lost their sense of right and wrong. And and truly good heart.

  45. Vickie • December 14, 2010 @ 2:15 PM

    I love him! What an incredible thing to do. More famous people should take notes and behave like this.

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