Two interesting facts about “Cry-Baby” are that both Tom Cruise and Jim Carrey were considered for the role of Cry-Baby until Depp was cast and that Depp is lip-syncing vocals by rockabilly singer James Intveld. Depp was only 26 years old when the film hit theaters and at the time was best known for roles in “A Nightmare on Elm Street” and “21 Jump Street.”
“Cry-Baby” is an 1990 American teen musical romantic comedy film written and directed by John Waters. It features a large ensemble cast that includes Ricki Lake and Iggy Pop. The film grossed over $8 million by the end of its theatrical run, but was considered a box office flop due to its $12 million budget. “Cry-Baby” has since become a cult classic over the years and spawned its own Broadway musical, which was nominated for four Tony Awards.
The story of the film centers on a social group known as "drapes" and their interaction with the rest of the residents in 1950s Baltimore, Maryland. Depp's character, Wade “Cry-Baby” Walker, is a drape who falls in love with Amy Locane's "square" character Allison, creating turmoil in the town by breaking its subculture taboos. The film follows how the couple struggles to stay together and how the relationship affects the town.