Johnny Depp receives award at BIFF

On Sunday night, Johnny Depp was awarded the Bahamas International Film Festival’s (BIFF) Career Achievement award at a special presentation held at the Balmoral Club in Nassau. He received the award from Sean Connery, a regular patron of BIFF, who Mr Depp called one of the most “elegant” actors of our time.

Following the award presentation Depp participated in a conversation with the audience in which he spoke of his private island in the Bahamas as a slice of paradise on earth where he can have the rare experience of total anonymity. He also described the Bahamas and its people as “wonderful.”

Depp spoke about never getting used to receiving awards for his acting work.

“Whenever anybody say they are going to give me some kind of award, I’m always a little stupefied by the notion. The first thing I say is ‘why?’,” Depp told a small scrum of reporters. “I just go to work like anyone else, except my job happens to be a little stranger.”

The festival’s founder, Leslie Vanderpool, described Depp as an “icon” who is one of the finest actors of his generation. “What makes this tribute to Johnny even more special is that he has a home in the Bahamas and possesses a true love and appreciation for the region and culture,” Vanderpool said in a statement.

In September, Disney announced that a new “Pirates of the Caribbean” film is on the horizon. Depp will reprise his celebrated role as Sparrow in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” slated for summer of 2011.

Depp said he’s enjoyed playing all of his screen characters.

“I’m still amazed I get jobs after all this time,” he quipped.

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