In an interview with Lifemagazine, actor Johnny Depp opens up about a terrifying near-death experience he had while filming his latest movie, The Rum Diary, which explores the life of a journalist working in Puerto Rico in the 1950s.
Depp and the film’s director, Bruce Robinson, were on a private jet en route to Los Angeles when the engines failed and the plane started to go down. Depp explains, “The plane just shut down. The sound of the engines stopped. There was silence."
“Bruce and I were looking at each other and I think I said, ‘Is this it?’ It was like this weird extended moment when you’re just floating for a second and you could feel this unpleasant descent.”
We know Johnny is a big movie star and everything, but that sounds terrifying — even for Jack Sparrow!
Depp continued, “Nobody said a word except for Bruce and I, sitting next to each other saying, ‘Oh sh*t! This is death; I guess this is how it goes down.’ Then we burst into hysterical laughter at the idea that this was how we were going to die.”
Luckily, everything worked out and the plane landed safely in L.A. a short time later. “Suddenly the engines started back up again and we were climbing back up. I guess you could say that was a big bonding experience for Bruce and me. For a moment there, we were going down together.”