Hollywood star Johnny Depp is back in Tokyo this week to promote his latest movie. His sixth visit to Japan, and first in two years, is to promote today’s Japan premiere of “Public Enemies,” though it’s doubtful he’ll actually watch it. Depp (46) said Wednesday he was drawn to the movie because of his childhood interest in John Dillinger, the bank robber who in Depression-era America was declared public enemy No. 1 by federal authorities. Depp, on the other hand, was named 2009’s “Sexiest Man Alive” by People magazine, said he did not believe he had any enemies. “The scariest enemy is within, allowing yourself to conform to what is expected of you.” He acknowledged another connection to Dillinger in that his own grandfather was engaged in moonshining, the illegal liquor business, in Kentucky during the Depression.
The movie opened in the U.S. in July but Depp, as is his practice, hasn’t seen it yet as he generally avoids watching himself on screen. “But I hear great things about it,” he said at a press conference at a Tokyo hotel. He’ll attend the red carpet event before tonight’s premiere and speak to fans at the movie theater. The Michael Mann-directed feature opens here on December 12.