Johnny Depp talked to OnTheRedCarpet.com about his role in the computer-animated comedy, "Rango," and how there are a few of his movies that he won't let his kids watch until they're in their thirties.
Depp provides the voice of Rango, a pet chameleon who lives in a terrarium and aspires to be a swashbuckling hero and suddenly finds himself in a Western town full of bandits. When Rango accidentally kills a giant eagle, the town elects him sheriff and he is forced to become a real hero.
At the Hollywood premiere, Depp said that it was nice to do a movie that his kids could actually see, since some of his movies are less family-friendly.
"I wanna do any movie that my kids can watch," Depp said. "I've done a number that I'm afraid I don't want them to see until they're 35 or 40, so, yeah, it's nice to do something that they can see."
Depp lives with his longtime partner, Vanessa Paradis and their two children, Lily-Rose Melody Depp, 11, and John "Jack" Christopher Depp III, 8. The family divides their time between Los Angeles, two homes in France, and an island Depp bought in the Bahamas.
"Ultimately, it's interesting to see people, you know, people deciding what is real treasure in life," Depp said. "What is really worth it and what do we really need? Is it gold? Is it oil? Is it money? Is it silver? Is it whatever, diamonds? Or is it, you know, water, air, we protect ourselves and you know, live that way."
The Wrap reports that the movie is under fire for portraying some of the animal bandits smoking cigarettes. The organization Smoke Free Movies, which seek to eliminate the use of tobacco products in motion pictures, has asked, "how many studio execs did it take to OK smoking in a 'PG' movie? What was Paramount thinking?"
Depp has worked in several other family films like last year's "Alice in Wonderland" and the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise but has a lot on his plate with seven films in production and thirteen projects in development. Depp has also signed on to portray Tonto in "The Lone Ranger," which is another Disney project being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.
Depp, who is part Cherokee, recently talked about why he is excited to play Tonto on the big screen.
"I always felt Native Americans were badly portrayed in Hollywood films over the decades," he says. "It's a real opportunity for me to give a salute to them. Tonto was a sidekick in all the Lone Ranger series. [This film] is a very different approach to that partnership. And a funny one I think."
Depp's next role will be a return to Captain Jack Sparrow in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," which is set for release on May 20, 2011.
"Rango" is set for release on March 4, 2011. Watch a clip below.