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JOHNNY DEPP: Explosives with Hunter S. Thompson (The Graham Norton Show)

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Watch an exclusive SNEAK PEEK from an all new episode of THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW before the U.S. Premiere *** Saturday, Nov 12 at 10/9c *** following the premiere of the new season of Primeval. The UK's biggest, most outrageous talk show has returned for its 10th season with must-see guests: Hollywood movie star Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean, Alice in Wonderland), Golden Globe-winning writer & creator of The Office Ricky Gervais and Oscar-nominated actress Carey Mulligan (An Education). Plus: Irish comedian Ed Byrne and alternative rock band Snow Patrol. As always, expect Norton's trademark comedy monologues and eccentric stories. Here, Johnny Depp recounts how sparks flew - literally! - at his first meeting with Gonzo journalist & author Hunter S. Thompson (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas)... after Thompson entered a local Colorado bar carrying a 3-ft cattle prod & a taser gun. Plus - the inside scoop of Johnny carrying out Thompson's last wish: to be blown out of a 150-ft cannon and shot into the stratosphere: "I'm the only one stupid enough to make it happen." Don't miss all new episodes of The Graham Norton Show, every Saturday at 10/9c. For more on The Graham Norton Show: visit http://www.bbcamerica.com/content/231/index.jsp The Graham Norton Show presented by the Ministry of Laughs, BBC America's Saturday night comedy block. Coming soon to the Ministry of Laughs: That Mitchell and Webb Look, Katy Brand's Big Ass Show, Peep Show, The Thick of It, and more. And keep up with all of the best shows on BBC America by following us on Facebook and Twitter! http://twitter.com/bbcamerica http://www.facebook.com/bbcamerica
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Text Comments (144)
Cody Webb (2 months ago)
To laugh at a man's last wishes and for it to be a man of so much influence on the way people perceive the world is worth a one fist two thumbs down
mR. iNSANITY (2 months ago)
Jesus that thumbnail
Zane Plutano (8 months ago)
tungsten “table” breaker 🎲 (LEVEL UP)
peppe martinez (1 year ago)
poor johnny between these pigs..
Maltese Cross (1 year ago)
Fake accent?
Insomniac (1 year ago)
I love Depp for doing that for Hunter. So generous and wanted the night to be about Hunter. He loved you Johnny. I'm sure Hunter was proud and watches over you and his son. Amazing thing to do for your great friend.
Bryan Manning (2 years ago)
The audience's laughter was driving me insane.
Baylasan Karim (1 year ago)
Bryan Manning omg same
Donut Ho (2 years ago)
he sounds so phony.
George Applegate (2 years ago)
Awful laugh track.
George Applegate (2 years ago)
+azure From what I've read it isn't a "canned" laugh track but a "sweetened" recording of audience reaction. They record stage mics separately from audience reaction and then add in the audience track as needed. They silence it until they feel it's appropriate to add, and then mix it in the way they would with a canned track, selecting volume and duration. This is most noticeable when they silence the audience track by rapidly dialing down its volume. Each laugh clip might be somewhat different, but the artificial trimming makes it sound as bad as a canned laugh track.
azure (2 years ago)
it's an audience bro
A.J. Smith (2 years ago)
Goddamn, Johnny. You're quasi-American accent is sexier than ever before. Keep it up, baby.
Tha Goat (2 years ago)
i love the idea of hunter s thompsons ashes traveling through space.......
A smoking ChickenFish (2 months ago)
Would they be though? The stratosphere is the second layer to the atmosphere so how would they be in space?
acciothedoctor (2 years ago)
Now I understand why and how he is good friends with Tim Burton.
Mugshot Marley (11 months ago)
acciothedoctor ye they both seem to dark twisted minds in a good way. Probably why they have worked together so much.
Pat Benson (3 years ago)
love Johnny Depp's video's
MC (3 years ago)
Why do I always think Johnny Depp is English?
whostolemyTV (3 years ago)
The laughs were incredibly fake
AMCT 101 (2 years ago)
+whostolemyTV by incredibly fake do you mean completely real?
invadermaythe1st (3 years ago)
johnny depp has a voice like butter <3
HannahJay (3 years ago)
51 who cares? Forever my MCM!
alucardfu2 (3 years ago)
...and did it work?... ... oh yeah.......
parptarf (3 years ago)
Hunter was nothing but epic.
MissLograh (3 years ago)
I told my mum that Johnny was great friends with Marilyn Manson, and she wondered pointedly if it was Johnny that was actually mad, och Marilyn who was really just a really normal person behind his mad persona (implying that Marilyn's basically just a brand). I showed her this. She got convinced.
Sara Gruenke (3 years ago)
I'm curious as to what accent people who live in the UK hear during this interview while Depp is speaking? I'm from the U.S. and to me it sounds like a slight British accent...? Or maybe like POTC (I don't know if those accents in that movie are considered true "British") I'm assuming that different parts of the UK have different dialects just like here in the U.S. for example someone from Texas sounds much different then someone from NY or Boston. Idk like I said I'm just curious..... Any thoughts?!
Sara Gruenke (2 years ago)
+evilmento yeah certain words he says I dont hear an accent at all so im assuming that is the "American" accent you guys are speaking of. Idk i just find it neat how we all hear something else. One thing i will say is I can't distinguish where in the US he orriginates from just by his accent. Normally when someone from over here speaks you can quickly determine "oh youre from the north, midwest, south, texas south, california" (im assuimg its a similar phenomenon in the UK) but with Depp i cant figure it out. haha
Sara Gruenke (2 years ago)
+Becca Ford I dont hear an accent at all with certain words he says (im assuming because im American lol) but with other words i do hear a British one. It's very interesting to me that we all hear something different because of where in the world we live. It's kind of cool!
evilmento (2 years ago)
As a British person I hear an American accent with overtones of Britishness
Becca Ford (3 years ago)
I'm British and I love this comment as it got me thinking. I hear an American accent in Depps voice but he sounds well spoken and that's maybe why u hear him as British. xx
Okko Karvonen (3 years ago)
+Sara Gruenke There is like 100 different accents in the UK
serenavanderful1 (3 years ago)
His voice is perfect for scary stories idk why lol
Neceh01 (3 years ago)
I find it hard to respect Hunter S. Thompson. Killing yourself because you 'think' life is over, well I can respect that. But letting your wife and kids hear the gun shot, to discover your brains all over the room.
phapnui (17 days ago)
Never happened. He was loaded into the cannon alive, per his wishes. Look it up. You will find it here. You stupid bastards.
Shanethefilmmaker (1 year ago)
He died crazy. He was famous for acting crazy and getting away with it. That and compared to the drugs he took, old age was the only thing that started to take a toll on him.
David Igleniec (2 years ago)
+Neceh01 Im not here to impress you buckaroo. Have a good day! 
Austin Faulds (2 years ago)
+Neceh01 Funny enough, they didn't even realize it was a gunshot. They just thought a book had fallen. It took them hours to find his dead body.
Neceh01 (2 years ago)
+David Igleniec With the amount of effort and intellect put into your reply, I'm gonna say no thanks.
Nancy Wang (3 years ago)
Johnny Depp kind of sounds like Mitch Hedberg because his words are kind of floaty LOL DO PEOPLE KNOW WHAT I MEAN
Nancy Wang (3 years ago)
+Sumi B Yeah, that's why I love it :D
Sumi B (3 years ago)
+NANCAY WANG  Ahh haha i can see that, but it makes his voice very amusing!
Nancy Wang (3 years ago)
+Sumi B He basically sounds high HAHA - he doesn't really enunciate his words and they're kind of mumbly 
Sumi B (3 years ago)
+NANCAY WANG I don't get it...
Nancy Wang (3 years ago)
+TimedRevolver  Dude I get influenced so easily by that stuff - Mitch really does have a stoner voice LOLO and I love it
blisterpacman (3 years ago)
why has his dialect changed so much from how he used to sound?
Max Miller (3 years ago)
Ricky Gervais looked APPALLED. 
harry roxy (3 years ago)
Just saying, in English chat shows the audience only laughs if we find the people funny... Fact. 
Yung Kennedy (2 years ago)
+Joey Flett (not talking about this specifically and maybe not in England) but I went to a "live show" in New York as a member of the audience. They give you cues as to when you laugh, applaud, stand, sit etc.
Zac May (2 years ago)
i agree
Joey Flett (2 years ago)
+Adolescent Potato Why hire anybody if you don't need to? Chances are that the people you hear laughing on your favourite T.V. shows have been dead for ages.
Zac May (3 years ago)
+Joey Flett they do... they do use soundboards too, but they also hire people to fake it.
Ryan Lamp (3 years ago)
This may be a stupid question, but Johnny Depp was born in Kentucky, and raised in Florida, so why does he have a European accent? I know he owns homes in France, but still... 
A smoking ChickenFish (2 months ago)
What the hell is a European accent? They are 50 countries and 24 languages in Europe. With each country having regional accents.
theseaweedguy (3 years ago)
+TimedRevolver EXACTLY!!! u pretty much hit the nail on the head
A Disappointed Horse (3 years ago)
He's got a slight Scottish thing going on here.
Biscuitchris7again (3 years ago)
If he has any accent, he has a cross of surfer/stoner with a slight southern twitch, not so much a drawl, but just a little hint of good ole' boy surfer.
Sparksterfu (4 years ago)
Man Depp gets alot of hate for being himself. At least in America, they paint him to be a pretentious and unpatriotic prick. Don't see why, seems like a cool dude, maybe its last few lack luster Tim Burton performances. 
revo1974 (9 months ago)
+Kris Ross I guess your claim here made 2 years ago was demonstrated to be completely wrong considering the success of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump.
Kris Ross (3 years ago)
+Sparksterfu People in the States deem anything a person says that is against the government or the established order as unpatriotic. I think its one of the essential attributes of a Patriot. Hunter Thompson was a true Patriot. He took on the established order and nearly gained several victories. People forget that this country was founded on treason and those forefathers encouraged question of the system and its power base. Nothing is more unamerican to me than blindly excepting the status quo. Phrases like "love it or leave it" are offensive to the true American ideal and to democracy itself. Many stupid Americans love to use that phrase. They have been led and duped by American propaganda. To quote Joseph Goebbels "Propaganda works best when those being manipulated are confident they are acting on their own free will". Democracy is dead. Hunter proved as much with "Fear and Loathing on the Campaign trail".
Timed Revolver (3 years ago)
+Sparksterfu Seems more like he just doesn't tolerate stupid...which probably counts about 60 percent of America now...myself included at times.
ArtRubbish (4 years ago)
Johnny Depp is to adorable.  XD
mrfundah (4 years ago)
Google hunter s thompsons funeral and you can see he really did make it happen the cannon was huge!
1954telecaster (5 years ago)
talk about uncomfortable, johnny doesn't look like he wants to be there
mulltiprosnow (1 year ago)
yea Depp dosen't really like interwievs
SlyGuy919 (5 years ago)
I love that story.
drumstick74 (5 years ago)
LOL 01:00 "Out of the way, you bastards!" Sounds just like Hunter... RIP!
Wigge Jorgensen (5 years ago)
They don't do that in every country you know? They don't put on poppy flowers on everything that moves in my own country. Don't be so pretentious. He was just asking.
Bradley Ames (11 months ago)
Wigge Jorgensen 0
Christopher Blackheart (5 years ago)
he's stuck in jack sparrow mode lol
Scaramouchemusic (5 years ago)
It's not done and known in every country, so please be a little bit more respectful!
ItsJustLosC TheDon (5 years ago)
carm down "octoslut"
Rita L (5 years ago)
???? . leno, letterman etc all use live audiences in the states,
Rita L (5 years ago)
whats with the accent on Depp?? LOL
octoslut (5 years ago)
what are you serious?? you don't know what a poppy is?? its too commemorate last day of ww. you went full retard. never go full retard.
Iwishilivedinnarnia (5 years ago)
maybe they're not from Britain/canada etc - give em a break
JaninaSteffens (5 years ago)
johnny should really be a comedian :DD
Mufnstuf (5 years ago)
I watch this show on BBC America. I know there's a live audience but the producers definately "enhance" the laughter before the show airs. Humans don't laugh for 1.5 seconds and then stop instantly.
MEpianist (5 years ago)
nope, they worked together on Life's Too Short
forbesy300 (5 years ago)
It's a real audience, they even do bits when they go talk to them in most episodes of this show. Brits are just polite and try not to laugh over someone when they're talking :)
forbesy300 (5 years ago)
It's not fake laughter, they don't really do that here. They'd get to many complaints, oh yes, we love to write a good letter of complaint here in Blighty :)
9enius (5 years ago)
Ricky Gervais is like "why am i sitting next to this douche?"
robot863 (5 years ago)
they have a real audience this isnt america
Mufnstuf (5 years ago)
Fake audience laughter brought to you by the fine folks at Hanna Barbera.
beatles61 (5 years ago)
@richard young You get asked before the show the same questions as you would on letterman, they tell you trim it down to 5 minutes to fit commercial breaks. Everything is basically scripted. But Johnny Deep truly was a friend of Hunter.
elrenato82 (5 years ago)
I think it's a real story but the laughs are over the top. To Hunter it would be like a bad trip. Horrible and real at the same time.
richard young (5 years ago)
same story he told while on letterman...sounds like script and, the fake laughs would make thompson puke!
DonDubleone1986 (5 years ago)
WTF is wrong the laughter on this show. If its real English people must know how to laugh all together and stop all at the same time its remarkable.. if its real i think its fake personally. Thoughts anyone ?
Kevin O'Brien (5 years ago)
Johnny Depp one of the coolest Americans
inbloom77 (5 years ago)
Didn't seem to me like they were making fun of him. Chill out.
mrkdanfun (5 years ago)
A plastic posh idiot interviewing a true artist talking about a true legend and then makes jokes about them. You can see how Johnny Depp doesn't like that they make fun of Hunter S. Thompson. But yet he plays along because he knows that the moron will never be able to understand.
Pearson Wright (5 years ago)
It's so fucking easy to tell how fake the laughs are.. It's honestly annoying.
causeofcurse (5 years ago)
Tom Hanson
Dharma Beach Bum (6 years ago)
Regardless of your sex or your sexuality, you've got to love johnny depp. He is so talented, yet so humble. I was a fan of Gonzo before I really took to Depp, but I'm so glad that Johnny got the role of playing Hunter in two different films. Nobody could have done it better.
ibkristykat (6 years ago)
I just wanna sit, & talk with Johnny.. just pick his brain.. he's really very interesting... aside from sexy... mm
George Cruickshank (6 years ago)
I, for one, apologize for America as a whole.
Guy (6 years ago)
if you ask me Johnny depp looked up to hunter like a father
SouthernBasterd (6 years ago)
i thought they stopped using backdrops like that in 70's.
Decker (6 years ago)
in Flanders field the poppies grow?
stephenTcartwright (6 years ago)
I bet you're so cool! I wish I was your friend because you know your shit man!
Georocket6 (6 years ago)
you've gotta love how calm Johnny is when he says "...built a bomb."
jordon666 (6 years ago)
i think in world war 1, there was a large fight in flanders feild near france?i think. lots of people died. and when the fight was over poppy flowers grew. so we wear the poppy flower to remember all the people who fought and died in the war.
Drunk Sloppy (6 years ago)
that sounds very interesting. why the poppy flower for remembrance day? would you mind elaborating?
OktaSnkJB (6 years ago)
Johnny is the man!! no one could have said all those things in a manner of "just usual things to do", i mean blowing a man to stratosphere and saying "oh yeah" Damn hahah
rrtodd95 (6 years ago)
Hunter used to call Johnny the colonel and introduce him to his friends as his buddy Ray. He even had a jacket embroidered with my name is ray on it.
Georocket6 (6 years ago)
I love how casually Johnny says they built a bomb xD
Raoul Duke (6 years ago)
i said england, not the uk. there's a lot of different people everywhere. and yes, britain is in europe
lester (6 years ago)
i know it's generalizing. and it's true what you say about the ukers, i noticed that to when in europe. americans and ukers are all related anyway and the uk, is that really europe? really?
Raoul Duke (6 years ago)
thats generalizing, i live in england and people are way more ignorant than most americans i've met. hunter s thompson seems like a great american
lester (6 years ago)
@Serenity113 visit europe some day, you'll see what i mean. they arent perfect but way better than americans who take for granted living in a great country. great country with stupidity on the rise and unreal stupidity more and more. you see it. america will end if we dont snap.
Serenity113 (6 years ago)
@lester5192 Wow. That's subtle. *sarcasm*
Aidan Price (6 years ago)
Hunter S Thompson Was a Genius, and Depp was close friends with him, you can see he gets pissed of when they joke/mock about Hunter S and his Funeral, WTF they will never be as renowned as Hunter show some respect pommy fucks.... that is all.
lester (6 years ago)
Americans are dumb. They are lazy minded, self destruction fools who are proud of being fat and stupid. Obnoxious. Too much misguided confidence.
newmanv4 (7 years ago)
Thank you guys :)
raverdeath100 (7 years ago)
@newmanv4 as the man said, poppy flower. it's to commemorate 11th november, armistace day, the day World War 1 ended. sorry about the reply you got earlier. peace
jordon666 (7 years ago)
@newmanv4 poppy flower for rememberance day, world war, ring any bells
newmanv4 (7 years ago)
what is this thing everybody puts it on their suits ?

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