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Depp snarls at ‘dumb puppy’ America

Berlin, Sept. 3 (Reuters): Hollywood star Johnny Depp today said the US was a stupid, aggressive puppy and he would not live there until the political climate changed.

The 40-year-old actor, who stars in the Pirates of the Caribbean, told the German news magazine Stern he was happier staying in the south of France with his wife, the French actress and singer Vanessa Paradis, and their two children.

“America is dumb, it’s like a dumb puppy that has big teeth that can bite and hurt you, aggressive,” he said.

“My daughter is four, my boy is one. I’d like them to see America as a toy, a broken toy. Investigate it a little, check it out, get this feeling and then get out,” said the star of the off-beat films Edward Scissorhands and Dead Man.

Depp slammed George W. Bush’s administration for its criticism of French opposition to the US-led war in Iraq. “I was ecstatic they re-named ‘French Fries’ as ‘Freedom Fries’. Grown men and women in positions of power in the US government showing themselves as idiots,” he told Stern.

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