Johnny Depp has admitted that he is an avid watcher of none of than larger than life reality toddler, Honey Boo Boo.
“Here Comes Honey Boo Boo… I could be called a fan,” Johnny Depp revealed in an interview with Extra TV host Terri Seymour.
While he has played some of Hollywood’s eclectic roles from Captain Jack Sparrow to Edward Scissorhands and Willy Wonka, Johnny Depp admitted that he is in awe of the stars of the TLC reality hit.
“I’m a little frightened of the show. That’s the thing… they’re probably great people, but there are bits that happen that just I am mesmerized by,” Johnny Depp told the English broadcast reporter, who is Simon Cowell’s ex-girlfriend.
A spin-off from beauty pageant show, Toddlers & Tiaras, seven-year-old Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson, her mother, June Shannon (Mama June) and father Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson, from rural McIntyre, Georgia, have skyrocketed to worldwide infamy with their outrageous redneck ways and brash talking in thick southern accents.
The series draws in millions of viewers but has been strongly criticized for being both exploitative and offensive.
A reviewer for Forbes magazine in the US even slammed network TLC as trying to “portray Alana’s family as a horde of lice-picking, lard-eating, nose-thumbing hooligans south of the Mason–Dixon line”, adding that “it falls flat, because there’s no true dysfunction here, save for the beauty pageant stuff”.
Along with Honey Boo Boo, father-of-two Johnny Depp admitted to Rolling Stone magazine that he watches “the trashiest television imaginable”, and may have more TV-time in the future if he cuts back his acting career.
“I can’t say that I’d want to be doing this for another 10 years,” the actor revealed.
Thoughts of retirement pop up “every day”, he said, but nothing’s imminent.
“I think while I’ve got the opportunity and the desire and the creative spark to do the things that I can do right now, I should do them.”
Meanwhile, moviegoers in America are rushing to the cinema to see Johnny Depp’s latest hit. The 3D film, which features the voices of Steve Carrell, Kristen Wiig and Russell Brand grossed $4.7 million, while Disney’s big budget adventure coined in less than half that at $2 million.