12/27/2004 at 01:00 AM EST
The key to Johnny Depp
's soft twinkling charm? Instant access to that inner child—it's like something he gleefully pulls out of a toy box. "Aye, matey! Look at me—playin' a dirty drunk pirate in Pirates of the Caribbean
." Think happy thoughts: "Now I'm playing a grown-up, James M. Barrie, but a wee sort of grown-up." The guy wrote Peter Pan, after all. "And oooh!—now I'm gonna be Willy Wonka." Talk about a kid in a candy factory.