Julie Chang Interviews Johnny Depp of 'Transcendence' - KMSP-TV

Julie Chang Interviews Johnny Depp of 'Transcendence'

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Not one, not two, but 3 hugs from Johnny Depp! So here's how it went down. I was interviewing Johnny regarding his sci-fi thriller 'Transcendence'.

The movie looks at the good, the bad, the pure evil of what happens when artificial intelligence takes over. It's a concept most commonly known as Singularity....when computers outsmart human beings. The movie includes lots of sick people getting a 2nd chance through the advancement of technology. But what happens when that technology is taken too far is the focus of Transcendence. Clearly, I've had my own health battles. I shared with Johnny on how torn I am regarding this topic because had it not been for technology I probably wouldn't be alive. For those of you who don't know. I had a fist size brain tumor removed a few months ago. For visuals and more on my tumor jouney, go to: TrulyJulieChang.com

My interview time with Johnny was SUPER short, perhaps 2 minutes or so. They stopped rolling the cameras during what I think was the most beautiful moment of Johnny I've ever seen. As I got up to leave the room, he chased me down. He gives me a hug and says, "I'm so glad you're ok." Then, another genuine hug. He stares deeply into my eyes and says, "I just wanted to tell you that I know what you're feeling. My mom was diagnosed with a brain tumor recently....and she is also OK because of modern medicine. She takes a single pill a day and that makes her OK."

At this moment, all of his handlers, who were just before yelling at me to get out of the room so the next interview can start...pause. I think we were all floored by his sensitivity. Despite his enormous fame, Johnny has kept his soul supple. If in the slim slim slim chance Johnny is reading this...THANK YOU for your healing hugs. I hope you can vicariously pass along my hugs to your mom.

'Transcendence' opens in theaters Friday, April 18th.

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