Johnny Depp excites fans with appearance in downtown Vancouver

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      Johnny Depp has arrived in Vancouver and—much to the delight of his fans—he's been out and about on the town.

      Depp is here shooting the feature film Richard Says Goodbye, directed by Wayne Roberts.

      The comedy-drama follows a college professor (Depp) whose life radically changes when he's diagnosed with a terminal illness. Throwing all caution to the wind, he embarks upon living his life boldly and recklessly.

      The cast also includes Danny Houston, Rosemarie DeWitt, Zoey Deutch, Devon Terrell, and Odessa Young.

      To the surprise of Vancouverites, Depp, sporting disheveled hair, turned up outside the Blackbird Public House on Dunsmuir Street in the downtown business district on July 25. Ever a good sport, he was willing to pose for snaps and chats—and even the occasional kiss.

      Fan videos and photos soon lit up social media.

      Of course, Depp is no stranger to Vancouver, having gotten his career jumpstarted here on the TV series 21 Jump Street that ran from 1987 to 1991 (with costars Holly Robinson, Richard Greico, and Dustin Nguyen).

      He was also in North Vancouver last year for reshoots for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

      On set for Richard Says Goodbye, he was captured in images showing him wandering around in pond while fully dressed in a suit, while a swan cavorted about nearby. 

      Curiously, there seems to be a theme here—Blackbird Public House, a swan, his character Jack Sparrow—but we're not quite sure what it could be.

      Silliness aside, Richard Says Goodbye began production on July 25 and is scheduled to continue until August 25 so Vancouverties have a few more weeks to hope that they have the chance to run into Depp on the street (or in flight).

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