Speaking at Arizona State University, Johnny Depp discusses his own madness and how he learned to embrace it in order to unleash the depths of his creativity.
“There’s a great deal of pain involved.”
“There’s a reason why the majority of great and sublime comedians, Lenny Bruce, Mitch Hedburg, Richard Pryor, Belushi, Robin Williams, have had substance abuse problems, enormous bouts with depression, and I think that’s because it’s overwhelming if you haven’t accepted it – one’s own madness”
“To me it’s only madness, maybe a touch of insanity that one can access, and to be aware of it growing up, it didn’t feel particularly great but I think it has lead me somehow to where I am today. I’m not saying I’m completely mad although I have been accused of that many times over the years.”
There is no such thing as normal. Don’t try to fit into conventional mould – it doesn’t exist. Embrace your madness.