Johnny Depp tops best actor poll for 7th year in Japan

Mon Mar 1, 2010 12:58am EST
 
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TOKYO (Reuters Life!) - Moviegoers in Japan can't get enough of Johnny Depp: The "Pirates of the Caribbean" star has been named favorite actor for a record seventh straight year in a survey by Japanese film magazine Screen.

That topped the previous record of six consecutive years for Audrey Hepburn in the early 1960s in Screen's annual "Golden Grand Prix" readers poll, which the magazine has been conducting since 1952.

Depp, who was named People magazine's "sexiest man alive" for a second time last year, picked up over 4,500 votes for top actor, more than double the number for "Twilight" heartthrob Robert Pattinson in second place. "Inglorious Basterds" star Brad Pitt was third.

"His popularity hasn't gone down since the time of the first 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movie," Screen's editor-in-chief, Akihiro Yonezaki, told Reuters.

"He has such a wide fan base ranging from the younger generation to older people," he said, adding that Depp is able to grab audiences with roles in a variety of movies from family fare like "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" to serious films like "Public Enemies."

"Public Enemies," in which Depp plays 1930s gangster John Dillinger, was also chosen as best movie for 2009 in the survey, outgunning "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" at No.2 and "Twilight" in third.

Depp's next screen role is as the Mad Hatter in director Tim Burton's adaptation of "Alice in Wonderland," which opens on Friday in the United States and other markets and in mid-April in Japan.

The results of the survey appeared in Screen's April issue.

(Reporting by Chris Gallagher; Editing by Sugita Katyal)

 
<p>Johnny Depp poses for photographers as he arrives for the Royal World Premiere of "Alice In Wonderland" at Leicester Square in London February 25, 2010. REUTERS/Jas Lehal</p>