Depp gets Alice pep

The People - - NEWS FEATURES - By Halina Watts

GAUNT star Johnny Depp is cut­ting back on the booze as rocker pal Alice Cooper “keeps him in check”.

Ac­tor Depp, 54, cut a pale and frail fig­ure as the Hol­ly­wood Vam­pires per­formed in St Peters­burg, Rus­sia, last week.

He has been plagued by ru­mours of drug use and money woes. But a source close to his band – also star­ring Cooper, 70, and Joe Perry, 67 – said: “There have been many ru­mours about Johnny be­ing ill but he has ac­tu­ally just lost weight and is get­ting older.

“He hasn’t been hell-rais­ing. He dries out when he goes on tour with the guys and doesn’t drink much. It acts like a tonic when he’s with Alice and Joe. They are all great friends.

“Alice looks out for Johnny and wouldn’t let his life spi­ral out of con­trol.”

TOUR: Cooper and Johnny

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