Depp named top autograph signer as Ferrell bombs

Tue Dec 18, 2007 5:46am EST
 
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Johnny Depp, take a bow. The "Pirates of the Caribbean" star who turns menacing in his new role as murderous barber Sweeney Todd, has been named the best celebrity autograph signer for the third year running.

Depp, 44, and "The Bourne Ultimatum" star Matt Damon were rated as the best Hollywood signers in the 15th annual survey of who's cool -- and who's cruel -- to autograph collectors by Autograph magazine.

And the worst? Comedian Will Ferrell and Tobey Maguire.

"It's the third consecutive year Depp has topped the list of the 10 best signers. Whether at a premiere, in a restaurant or on location, Depp may just be the best Hollywood autograph signer of all time," Steve Cyrkin, the magazine's editor and publisher, said in a statement.

The list does change from year to year as stars mellow and start to make time for their fans.

For example, actor Russell Crowe, who has made newspaper headlines for his bad-boy behavior including pleading guilty in 2005 for throwing a faulty telephone at a hotel concierge moved from number 10 on the 2006 worst list to number 10 on the 2007 best list.

Crowe got married in 2003 and now has two young sons.

"He may still be a bit grumpy at times, but now he signs pretty much anytime someone asks," said Cyrkin.

"What's so frustrating about Will Ferrell being the worst autograph signer this past year is that he used to be so nice to fans and collectors, and a great signer. What makes him so bad is that he'll taunt people asking for his autograph."   Continued...

 
<p>Johnny Depp poses next to a poster featuring him in character at a special screening of the DreamWorks Pictures film "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, December 5, 2007. The "Pirates of the Caribbean" star who turns menacing in his new role as murderous barber Sweeney Todd, has been named the best celebrity autograph signer for the third year running. REUTERS/Fred Prouser</p>