Johnny Depp's flamboyant portrayal of Jack Sparrow in "Pirates of the Caribbean" was good enough for an Oscar nomination, but the actor says Disney was less than thrilled.
Depp talked about it in an interview with rocker Patti Smith for the January edition of Vanity Fair magazine.
Depp said Disney "couldn't stand" his Sparrow, and one person there even asked if Sparrow was gay. Depp told the Disney executive "all my characters are gay," and he said that "really made her nervous."
Depp's next role is in the movie "The Tourist" with Angelina Jolie . It opens Dec. 10.
Depp said he felt sorry for the way the paparazzi hunted Jolie, and he had to be careful that photographers didn't catch them too close together so rumors wouldn't start.
Kid Rock bashes ticket brokers
Kid Rock says ticket brokers are crashing his birthday bash and driving up concert prices.
The country rocker with hip-hop roots says on his website that he would love to confront scalpers who swoop in and buy blocks of his low-priced tickets, then resell them for profit.
He says it leaves him feeling "like someone is beating up a close friend or family member while" he's chained to a chair.
More than 45,000 tickets for his 40th birthday bash Jan. 15 at Ford Field in Detroit sold out in 19 minutes.
The Michigan native, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, has sold more than 180,000 tickets in the past 14 months for shows in the Detroit area.
He's set to play at Wichita's Intrust Bank Arena on Feb. 1.
Dylan lyrics to be auctioned
Bob Dylan's original handwritten lyrics for "The Times They Are A-Changin' " are heading for the auction block in New York City. They could sell for an estimated $200,000 to $300,000.
Written in pencil on a sheet of unruled, three-hole notebook paper, the classic 1960s folk protest song was the title track on Dylan's third album.
The paper is creased with some small tears and signed "by Bob Dylan."
Sotheby's will offer it for sale on Dec. 10.
Dylan recorded the song in 1963 and that same year performed it at Carnegie Hall.
It contains political overtones with lines like, "Come senators, congressmen; Please heed the call."
In February, Dylan performed it live at a White House concert celebrating the civil rights movement.
Another year older
Today's birthdays: Actor-director Woody Allen , 75... singer Dianne Lennon (The Lennon Sisters), 71 ... actress-singer Bette Midler , 65 ... singer Gilbert O'Sullivan , 64 ... actor Treat Williams , 59 ... actress Charlene Tilton , 52... actress-comedian Sarah Silverman , 40 ... actress Ashley Monique Clark , 22.