Johnny Depp once again channels the ghost of his dear departed pal Hunter S. Thompson in "The Rum Diary," which lands in theaters Friday. Depp claims that Thompson's spirit is with him "24 hours a day," but it looks like another celebrity may finally have captured his heart: Justin Bieber.
On Thursday, Depp paid a visit to "The Late Show" -- the only late-night show he does anymore -- wearing the same moth-eaten felt hat he wore during his appearance this January (a good luck charm, perhaps?).
In one of those obviously prepared conversational cues, Letterman asked if Depp's daughter likes Justin Bieber. "Oh yeah, she does. But I'm not sure anyone's daughter doesn't," he said, his voice lilting as if he were from County Donegal, Ireland. "I've met the young man. Very sweet kid."
Depp described the odd experience of taking his daughter, Lily Rose, to see Bieber in concert. Her dad being a huge movie star and all, she also got to meet the teen idol, and young Lily Rose was starstruck. "It was quite astonishing to see your child in this kind of like frozen..." Depp trailed off.
"Do you remember when you were her age, having somebody with that effect on yourself?" Letterman asked.
"No," he replied.
But that doesn't mean grown-up Depp isn't a huge Bieber fan. At a recent news conference, a journalist asked him if he was a "Belieber." "I was confused and then -- a-ha -- synapse fired and I said, 'Oh yes, of course, I'm a huge Belieber. And then, about 3.5 seconds later, to the right of the room, Justin Bieber enters."
"Now how'd they do that?" Letterman wondered.
Depp, too, was mystified by the power of the Biebs. "Exactly. I don't know if we summoned him up... He was just there."
-- Meredith Blake
Photo: Justin Bieber, left, and Johnny Depp. Credit: Charles Eshelman/Getty Images, left, and Tony Gentile / Reuters.