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Johnny Depp Proud Of His 'Four-Eyed' Role Model Status

October 31st, 2011 3:33pm EDT

Johnny DeppActor Johnny Depp takes his role model status seriously after a young girl thanked him for "making glasses cool."

The Pirates of the Caribbean star constantly moved house and changed schools when he was younger and as a result Depp admits he was picked on by his peers.

However, he hopes his fame can inspire other "outsiders" to embrace their individuality.

He tells Britain's Live magazine, "I remember many years ago this one kid, a little girl with glasses, maybe 12 or 13, said, 'Thank you for making glasses cool.' You imagine the history of haranguing this poor kid had endured - four-eyes, or whatever they called her. It really got to me."

"If someone is being bullied or feels like an outsider and they relate to something that I've done, even if it's just igniting a spark, that's great. I had that feeling as a kid. I was messed with no end. And then you fight back - and that's the rage that's just under the surface, and in the end it comes out.
 
"I find it disheartening these days that everybody is like everybody else. Less and less you see real individuals. They all wear their trousers down below their crotch. I don't understand that kind of lemming mentality."

Johnny Depp

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