Screen star Johnny Depp has hailed alcohol-fuelled punk singer Shane MacGowan as a poet of our time.

The Pogues frontman, famed for his rotting teeth and drunken rampages, has charmed the movie icon with his lyrics - which include the romantic gem, "You scumbag, you maggot, you great lousy faggot" from festive anthem FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK.

Depp enthuses, "His intake has been pretty impressive over the years.

"But he has produced some of the most beautiful lyrics that are a great gift to the world."