Johnny Depp on Chinese Reality TV

By Rachel Cruz | 3 years ago
Johnny Depp on Chinese Reality TV
American actor Johnny Depp The Tourist premiere in Tokyo, Japan 2011. March 3, 2011. Wikimedia Commons/RIMGO2006.

A reality TV show airing in China had Hollywood star Johnny Depp as its judge on June 29, 2014. The winner of “Chinese Dream,” a talent competition that grants “dreamers” their once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become famous, will be heading to Hollywood with Depp. Read further to learn more about Johnny Depp’s judging stint on “Chinese Dream.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Depp became involved in the program when he visited China in April 2014 for the promotion of his movie “Transcendence.” He said that he was encouraged by the show’s concept and related that he was much like the contestants, having dreamed of becoming a rock musician in his younger days. Depp belonged in a rock band while he was starting out in Hollywood and considered doing movies only so that he can pay the rent.

Famous for his character Jack Sparrow in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, Depp, who is regarded as a huge star in China according to Variety, was apparently a top choice among the contestants of “Chinese Dream” when it came to receiving the ultimate prize. News of his judging stint became the trending topic in Chinese social media, and Variety reported that many viewers were jealous of the grand winner.

The reality TV show had taken its cues from “Tonight’s the Night,” a British talent competition show, and had its beginning in 2011.  But by the third season of “Chinese Dream,” the competition took a different format. It is currently running on its seventh season.

Meanwhile, as soon as Depp returns to America, he will be filming “Black Mass” with Dakota Johnson (“Fifty Shades of Grey“) and Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock“). He will also be busy working on the latest “Pirates of the Caribbean” offering and “Through the Looking Glass,” where he will be reprising his role as the Mad Hatter.

Will the winner of “Chinese Dream” become part of any of these movies with him? What do you think?

And that’s it for news about Johnny Depp’s judging stint in “Chinese Dream,” which had its finale on June 29, 2014 in China. For more news about other celebrities, TV shows and movies, follow Movie News Guide (MNG) for up-to-the-minute updates.

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Rachel will watch any TV show once to see if it's worth following. She watches 55 to 60 American, British and Canadian TV shows on any regular week. Glued to TV, she has not seen the world outside in a while. :P