My aunt was in a movie with Johnny Depp

November 04, 2009 By: erik Category: Family, Funny, News 441 views

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thumbI don’t know many details about the experience on the movie set, but a few months ago I heard that my Aunt Lynne had a part as an extra in Public Enemies, in a scene with none other than a gentleman by the name of Johnny Depp, playing the part of John Dillinger.

Excited to spot her, I “found” the first copy I could, which was a handheld camera recording from a cinema, and I couldn’t make out any of the faces in the courtroom. Later I “discovered” a DVD-ripped version, and I still couldn’t see her! Finally I “got a hold of” an HD version of the movie, and there she was, just as clear as could be sitting there in the back of the courtroom, with Johnny in the foreground.

My aunt was in a movie with Johnny Depp

And when she’s not hanging out with J.D., as she calls him, she attends her nephews’ weddings.

American Aunts and Uncles and Cousins
That’s her under my right arm.

Of course, most importantly, this drastically reduces1 my degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon!

I’m only 4° from Kevin Bacon!2

Oh, and the movie is pretty good, too. I recommend it.

1Actually, I did receive an email once from a guy with a Bacon Separation of 2°.

2It’s actually one less if you go through Christian Stolte, who was in Novocaine with The Bacon, but I chose to go through Johnny.

  • Lynne Robertson

    Whoa – that is indeed me, and I’m impressed that you picked me out of the crowd, Erik. (I’m pretty clearly the gal sitting up super straight, trying to be seen above the other extras.) Wow – am feeling pretty famous. I recommend the experience of being an extra – while it’s lots of sitting around for very little action (and not necessarily seen in the final film,) it’s also pretty educational. Amazing how the stars can keep “being” their characters, given that every 4 – 5 minutes someone yells “Cut!” and they return to their present-day being. But the energy and discipline devoted to being completely “1932-33” on set was phenomenal. (I was reprimanded at one point because after lunch, when I applied some present-day lip gloss to ease the dryness I’d been experiencing for hours following the application of lipstick early a.m., said lip gloss was wiped off by staff and dry lipstick reapplied because ‘there was no lip gloss in 1932.’)