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Big Bad Paycheck! Johnny Depp Nabs $1 Million As The Wolf In INTO THE WOODS Movie

Big Bad Paycheck! Johnny Depp Nabs $1 Million As The Wolf In INTO THE WOODS MovieInternationally adored major movie star Johnny Depp took a major pay-cut to re-team with PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES collaborator, director Rob Marshall, on the forthcoming big screen edition of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's fairy tale-themed musical INTO THE WOODS according to a new report.

While these days Depp usually commands a cool $20 million per picture for a headlining role, the singing star took the INTO THE WOODS assignment for a mere $1 million for his week of work on the ensemble film, now in post-production and set for a Christmas release.

Perhaps, was the chance to sing the music and lyrics of master composer/lyricist Sondheim too tempting to refuse for the star of Sondheim's SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET, directed by Tim Burton, for which Depp received a 2008 Best Actor Academy Award nomination for his efforts? Not unlikely!

Furthermore, the $40 million-budgeted Disney production also features a number of other major marquee names who shall certainly help in shouldering the promotional load of the tentpole release - Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine among them.

Check out the original article on the matter here.

So, was Johnny Depp worth the price-tag given what we saw and heard from his previous Sondheim work in SWEENEY TODD? We will have to wait until Christmas to know for sure!

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Pat Cerasaro Pat Cerasaro is BroadwayWorld's Chief Interviewer and Senior Editor, contributing exclusive columns including InDepth InterViews, Sound Off, Flash Fridays as well as additional special features and extensive news coverage. His work for the site has appeared in The New York Times, US Weekly, The Biography Channel, NBC and more.