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June 17, 2008

The 12-year-old southside resident received a package in the mail Thursday from Depp’s production company, Infinitum Nihil, containing a variety of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” promotional gifts along with a vintage fedora Depp told Taylor he could have when the “Public Enemies” star was in town in April for filming.

“All I really said was ‘Can I have your hat?’,” Taylor, who will start seventh grade at Grace Lutheran Church this fall, said. “And he said ‘When I’m done with it, it’s yours.’ He was actually pretty cool.”

It took a little more work than that to get Taylor’s promise fulfilled, though. His parents, Kris and Matt Brand, tracked down Depp’s agent, who turned out to be his sister, and told her about what happened. Depp’s agent pulled enough merchandise to ensure Taylor and his siblings, Anthony Taylor, 13, Alexis Taylor, 6, Emily Brand, 3, and Abigail Brand, 1, each got a little something from what ranks as one of their favorite Depp movies along with “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

“It’s not exactly the easiest thing to make all five kids happy, but they did a good job. It’s finally nice to see a celebrity being nice and following through on his promises,” Kris Brand said. “He promised Jack his hat and he followed through. It’s really cool.”

Jack’s new hat, a well-worn fedora that’s vintage in appearance, wasn’t the only personal item enclosed with the package. Depp also wrote Jack a short, personal note telling him to enjoy the hat and the cool “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” stuff and signed it himself.

“It was pretty awesome when it came,” he said. “I didn’t think it actually would come.”

To show his appreciation, Jack penned a letter of his own to send to Depp, though the first draft has been refined a few times with the help of his parents. And his new prized possession will definitely get shown during the summer and at school.

“Nobody believed me at first when I told them about meeting him,” Jack said. “It’s pretty awesome.”

  • Jun 17Kate says:  

    awww…johnny is such a nice guy. doesn’t that just make us love him more??

  • Jun 17Luciana says:  

    Kate: every single day.

    You know? I always was Johnny’s fan, since I first saw him. First because I though he was cute. Then, discovered that he’s a wonderful actor. But more I read about him, more I discover that he’s great and we’re not fans or a ordinary and pretty guy, but of a great great person!

  • Jun 17Hayden says:  

    Johnny is absolutely wonderful! I mean wow! Every time I read articles like this one it just makes me admire Johnny more. He is an amazing person.

  • Jun 17Catie says:  

    That’s just so adorable… he is such a wonderful guy and a extremely talented actor! ♥

  • Jun 18Matilda says:  

    That’s so cool.. it just shows that Johnny really cares about his fans

  • Jun 19Natasja says:  

    Oh how lovely! So nice! Really i love him more and more when i read stuff like this. I hope he comes to the netherlands some day!

  • Jun 20inia. says:  

    he’s such nice guy.

  • Jun 22Amy says:  

    Oh my god!!! i looove him!!! (L) x) he’s the kindest man in the world!! ;)

  • Jun 23Mrs Depp says:  

    He isnt just beautiful and talented and gorgeous and amzing and superb…
    He is the sweetest man alive too!
    He care’s about evryone around him, which is so nice…falling even more in love with him-if that is possible <3

  • Jun 24Ali says:  

    that is so sweet!! i heard that one time he sent a voice recording of captain jack sparrow to a girl in the hospital! how sweet is that!

  • Jun 27margaret mckillop says:  

    I too think that JD is a true gentleman and I am no teenager but a senior citizen from Australia.
    I also have most of his movies on DVD and naturally see the movies first.
    Best wishes to him and his family

  • Aug 01Rachel says:  

    i am so humbled by such a caring and gracious individual. with all his fame, he could very easily hide out and stay out of all news, but he chooses to do so much good for so many people. i am a devoted fan for life. johnny, you are amazing.

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