“What is your favorite curse word?” has become one of James Lipton’s signature interview questions. Lipton, the wunderhost of the Bravo TV program “Inside the Actor’s Studio,” is known for his meticulous research and Shakespearian-like persona and snags a rare interview with the ever-popular Johnny Depp, filmed in 2002 at the Actors Studio Drama School in NYC.

Lipton has a simple yet effective way of asking questions that strip to the core of an actor, and this interview with Depp is no exception. Lipton uncovers the actor’s early life, revealing stories such as when Depp got kicked out of high school only to return to the principal who encouraged him to pursue his dreams of being a musician, to the chance meeting with Nicolas Cage who introduced him to the world of acting.

Although filmed before Depp took on his infamous role of Jack Sparrow in the <>Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, many of Depp’s other beloved roles are discussed, namely Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Sleepy Hollow, Edward Scissorhands and Don Juan DeMarco. Depp tells funny behind-the-scenes stories and insights about working with greats such as Al Pacino, Marlon Brando and director Tim Burton.

“If heaven exists, what would you like God to say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?” and “What turns you on?” are answers you need to hear from Depp, whose pure and vulnerable personality is revealed by Lipton. The only disappointment is the episode runs a mere 50 minutes, which leaves the viewer craving for more.

Grade: A+

Johnny Depp: Inside The Actor’s Studio is currently available.