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In 1984, a very young Johnny Depp took his first acting steps in the classic of horror cinema “The Claws of the Night”, Freddy Krueger's first nightmare. A look back at the beginnings marked by excitement.

Did you know that Johnny Depp made his debut on the great horror classic? Then barely 20 years old, the American played a minor role in the first part of the nine-film cult saga.

In 1984, Johnny Depp was unknown, far from the international star he would become, especially with the role of Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean, a saga from which he believed he would be fired from the filming of the first part. No, in the mid-80s, a young American was an anonymous person who didn't even want to become an actor. What he wants is to be a musician.

The story is funny: it's Nicolas Cage, with whom Johnny Depp is a friend who will put his foot in the actor's stirrup. “We were good friends and when he was winning Monopoly, I looked at him and said, 'Why don't you try acting?'he told Cage in 2019 in front of the microphone of the New York Times. “He wanted to break into music at the time and said, 'No, I can't play.'”

Nicolas Cage insisted and arranged a meeting between his agent and Johnny Depp, which resulted in an audition for the horror film Nightcrawler, starring the terrifying Freddy Krueger. The actor will get a significant role thanks to the successful selection of actors, but also because, according to director Wes Craven, she is his daughter and a friend of the latter he would be particularly seduced by the photograph of the young man.

One of the many victims of the terrifying Freddy…

IN Freddy – Chapter 1: Claws of the Nightthe first part of the Freddy saga, which was released in French cinemas at the beginning of 1985. Johnny Depp he plays Glen Lantz, the boyfriend of the heroine played by Heather Langenkamp. After falling asleep, his character dies in a very gory scene that you will discover below.

Be careful, this passage is particularly violent and should therefore be reserved for an informed audience.

Johnny Depp it seems that he took this first acting experience very seriously. “He worked really hard to be Glen.”said actress Heather Langenkamp on the Inside of You podcast. “I couldn't tell you if he really enjoyed being in the movie because he was very involved and serious about what he was doing.”

After playing in Freddy – Chapter 1: Claws of the Night, Johnny Depp got one of the main roles in the series 21 Jump Street in 1987, which brought him great fame. Then there will be Tim Burton's Cry-Baby and Edward Scissorhands. Everyone knows the rest…

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