Doesn’t Johnny Depp‘s reported decision to play Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa in Emir Kusturica‘s Seven Friends of Pancho Villa and the Woman With Six Fingers sound like a 1950s thing? The kind of casting exemplified by Victor Mature as Chief Crazy Horse, Marlon Brando as Emiliano Zapata and a Taiwanese named Sakini, John Wayne as Genghis Khan and Ricardo Montalban as a Japanese kabuki star, I mean? I thought filmmakers had moved past that kind of thing. Unless, of course, Kusturica’s film is a jape of some kind.

Jonny Depp; Pancho Villa