I remember Stewart telling me that Depp - apparently an obssessive Ripper scholar himself - didn't didn't believe in the nonsense he was participating in, so that could be one explanation for that. Even for a professional actor it must be a tough deal to be forced to squeeze out entyhusiasm out of things you don't really like or agree with. Maybe he should have agreed to the part in the first place?
To be frank, I don't think Depp as such is bad, it is the material they forced him to work with - and the script writers' character assasination of Abberline - that is the problem.
All the best
I don't know if you have seen Depp's performance in Sweeney Todd but as the demon barber of Fleet Street, he gives a fine performance of a rounded and complex character. I contrast his Sweeney Todd performance to what he did with Abberline in From Hell, which strikes me as superficial and dull by comparison.
From Hell was a movie based on a comic, not a documentary of the Ripper killings, nuff said I think
__________________ protohistorian-Where would we be without Stewart Evans or Paul Begg,Kieth Skinner, Martin Fido,or Donald Rumbelow?
Sox-Knee deep in Princes & Painters with Fenian ties who did not mutilate the women at the scene, but waited with baited breath outside the mortuary to carry out their evil plots before rushing home for tea with the wife...who would later poison them of course