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Depp on location in Crickhowell
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Depp dropped into the Bear hotel for a drink after filming
Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp breezed into rural Wales at the weekend to shoot scenes for his latest film and joined regulars in a pub for a Saturday night drink.

Hundreds of people from nearby Brecon, Abergavenny and villages in between have been drafted in as extras for the film in which Depp plays a 17th Century earl.

The 40-year-old has been working on his latest film The Libertine, in Tretower Court - a restored courtyard house with origins in the 14th Century - near Crickhowell in Powys.

Tretower Court
Some of the filming has been done at Tretower Court in Powys

Depp, voted best actor at the Screen Actors Guild awards last month for his Pirates role, will star alongside John Malkovich and Samantha Morton in the 12m production.

Judy Hindmarsh, who runs the Bear Hotel, said several film crew members were staying there. But because they are out of the hotel very early and return very late, they hardly see them.

"I'm told that he [Johnny Depp] did come in for a drink. He blended in with the rest of them because of his long hair."

Joy Rossiter, 51, was one of the extras who took part in the film after replying to an advert.

"I played a merchant in the market place and was just nine feet away from Johnny Depp.

"He was wearing a mask and had pock marks on his face - I think he plays a bit of a rogue in the film because he dies of syphilis in it.

"He arrived on set in a very flash car with all the windows tinted out and there was about 200 of us queuing for our food when he came.

"All in all, he was there for about three hours, but I'm told the next day he turned up late because he had a sleepless night."

Mrs Rossiter said that despite being a well-known movie star, she had not seen any of his films.

"My daughter, who is 19, was ecstatic that I got to be so close to him, but to be honest I have never seen anything he has been in," she added.

In the film, Depp plays John Wilmot, the Earl of Rochester, a well-known scoundrel in the court of Charles II (who is played by John Malkovich).

The earl died aged 33 from syphilis after making a name for himself as a poet, a womaniser and pornographer.

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