In 1997, Depp starred alongside Al Pacino in the crime drama Donnie Brasco, directed by Mike Newell. Pistone, an undercover FBI Agent who assumes the name 'Donnie Brasco' in order to infiltrate the mafia in New York City.To prepare for the role, Depp spent time with the real-life Joe Pistone, on whose memoirs the film was based.He has collaborated on nine films with director, producer and friend Tim Burton.
The Kids set out together for Los Angeles in pursuit of a record deal, changing their name to Six Gun Method, but the group split up before signing a record deal.
Depp subsequently collaborated with the band Rock City Angels the sister of his band's bass player and singer.
He is also of 3/2048 African descent, as he descends twice over from an African slave whose biracial daughter, Elizabeth Key Grinstead, was the first woman of Sub-Saharan African ancestry in North America to sue for her freedom from slavery and win (in 1655).
He played with The Kids, a band that enjoyed modest local success.
During their marriage she worked as a makeup artist while he worked a variety of odd jobs, including a telemarketer for pens.