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Johnny Depp says he enjoys aging
Updated: 2004-09-06 17:14

Unlike legions of other Hollywood stars, hipster heartthrob Johnny Depp says he actually enjoys aging. The boyish-looking Depp — who plays the author of "Peter Pan" in his latest picture "Finding Neverland" — was asked if the children's character famed for never growing old made him wish for the same power.

U.S. actor Johnny Depp, waving, arrives by boat for a press conference at the 61st Venice Film Festival in Venice, northern Italy, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2004. Depp is in Venice to present his latest movie 'Finding Neverland,' which will be shown out of competition. [AP]
"Nowadays, it's all a question of surgery, isn't it?" he joked to reporters at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday.

"No, of course the notion is beautiful — the idea of staying a boy or a child forever. But I think you can. I've known plenty of people in their later years who were like little kids, had the energy of little children, the curiosity and fascination. I think we can keep that. It's important we keep that," he said.

"But I think it's great fun growing old. I think it's great."

Depp also discussed the Scottish accent he assumes for his role as writer J.M. Barrie.

"Musically, rhythmically, I initially couldn't quite get a hold of it," he said. "Luckily I found this dialect coach who helped me out a great deal. ... Also, we had a couple of crew guys who were Scottish who picked up the falsities."

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