Johnny Depp Broke Into “Hysterical Laughter” When His Plane Stalled Out

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Johnny Depp laughs in the face of the abyss on a regular basis, only this time he wasn’t wearing a pirate costume while a key grip hurled buckets of water in his face. Instead, the Rum Diary star recalls a near-death experience he shared with director Bruce Robinson when their plane nearly went down. “The sound of the engines stopped. There was silence,” Depp told Life. “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.” An unpleasant descent? Oh, we know all about that; we saw Sleepy Hollow in theaters. The day it came out.

Luckily for the future of Tim Burton‘s film oeuvre, the plane’s engines restarted … though not before Johnny could get a few chuckles in. “Nobody said a word except for Bruce and I, sitting next to each other saying, ‘Oh s–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.” No, there’s no way the universe was going to take Johnny from us before he gets to play Tonto in the Lone Ranger movie. You just know he’s going to do something super weird with that.

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