You can always tell the best (or at least the craziest) actors by their commitment to their roles, and Johnny Depp commits as much as anyone in Hollywood. For his role as a vampire in the upcoming movie Dark Shadows (the newest collaboration between Depp and Tim Burton), Depp is aiming to drop his weight down to a gaunt 140 lbs, and is doing so through a green tea diet.
Depp’s version of the diet includes drinking “gallons of green tea” and supplementing with low-fructose fruit… and that’s about it. Shooting for the film begins in April, so it looks like the 47-year-old is aiming to stay on this diet for quite a while.
The idea behind the green tea diet is to use the natural components of green tea to speed up weight loss: the polyphenols in the leaves are said to boost metabolism, suppress appetite, and possibly even burn fat. Green tea also contains a high level of caffeine, which might lend to suppressing appetite and burning fat as well. So, Johnny might be a bit jittery for the next few months.
The unintended benefit of all this is that, in consuming only green tea and fruit, Depp will be an honorary dietary vegan for the duration of the weight loss experiment! Depp is a known fan of fried chicken, so maybe he can kick that habit with a bit of fruit and tea.