Johnny Depp talks ALICE IN WONDERLAND, DARK SHADOWS and PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 4

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johnny_depp_image.jpgI’ve worked for Collider almost four years now. In that time, I’ve interviewed tons of people in Hollywood. But I’ve never interviewed Johnny Depp. That changed today.

That’s because our partners at Omelete were invited to an international press conference with the press-shy actor and they sent me to cover it. So thanks to them, I was finally able to ask Johnny Depp a few questions. And yes, it was very cool.

The reason Johnny was here in Los Angeles was for his new movie “Public Enemies”. In the film, Johnny plays John Dillinger and he spoke at length about why he wanted to play the role and what research he did. In the coming days I’ll have the full transcript and the audio of the press conference, but tonight I wanted to focus on what he said about some of his upcoming projects.

After the jump is what Johnny said about “Alice in Wonderland”, “Dark Shadows” and “Pirates of the Caribbean 4″.

On Pirates, Johnny said “what we’re trying to do is just get a script in order and make sure it’s the right thing to do. If we can get a great script it’d be a ball.”

dark_shadows_barnabas_image__1_.jpgMeaning…it’s not close to moving into production. But when I asked him about “Dark Shadows”, I could see the enthusiasm in his eyes as he said, “‘Dark Shadows’ is happening. Tim is working on ‘Alice in Wonderland’ which is obviously quite a large piece of work there. So when Tim is done with ‘Alice’ and we get the script, which is very, very close, in order we’ll probably attack it next year. It’s exciting, very exciting. It’s like a lifelong dream for me. I loved the show when I was a kid. I was obsessed with Barnabas Collins. I have photographs of me holding Barnabas Collins posters when I was five or six. I’m very excited to do it.

I’ve heard this is happening next year, and after seeing Johnny light up when talking about it, I believe it.

Finally, here’s what he had to say about “Alice in Wonderland”:

Question: What kind of research did you for your role in ‘Alice in Wonderland’? Did you use the book or bring something outside of that to the character?

alice_in_wonderland_johnny_depp_mad_hatter_image_01.jpgDepp: Well, certainly the book. The book is the basis for everything. There are little mysteries, little clues in the book that I found fascinating that were keys to at least my understanding of the Mad Hatter, like him saying, “I’m investigating that begin with the letter M.” That was huge for me because when you do a little digging you realize you’re talking about a hatter, a man who made hats and if you go back and look at some of the historical hatters there’s that term that this guy or that guy is as mad as a hatter. There was a reason for that and the reason for that was mercury poisoning. So I found out what the M was and why they went nuts. So that became a huge thing. Then it was just kind of what I saw and what I thought the guy should look like. I made my little weird drawings and water colors and brought them to Tim [Burton] and he brought me his weird little drawings and water colors and they were not dissimilar [laughs]. You could’ve put them right together and they were pretty darn close. There’s a lot of color and brightness and then de-saturation in The Hatter. He’s like a mood ring I suppose.

Question: What’s so special about your relationship with Tim? Is that he lets you do whatever you’d like as an actor?

Depp: Well, the most special thing is that he very luckily has given me about seven jobs. That’s the most amazing thing. I’m looking forward to the eighth and ninth. There’s no real definition other than there is some kind of connection, some sort of understanding that Tim and I have that is at most times unspoken. Most people when they hear Tim give me direction or we’re talking about the character or something on the set, people are baffled. Completely befuddled and they don’t know what we’re talking about. A guy actually came to me one time after watching Tim and I talk for ten minutes and said, “I didn’t understand a word that you guys were saying.” So, yeah. I don’t know. It’s just one of those things that you don’t question, but I sure love him.




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  • vermontfudge

    Great interview!

  • vermontfudge

    Great interview!

  • StormyGayle

    Wonderful. Dark Shadows, OMG!! Johnny is so talented. I can’t wait for the movies to come out.

  • StormyGayle

    Wonderful. Dark Shadows, OMG!! Johnny is so talented. I can’t wait for the movies to come out.

  • DeLaine

    can’t wait to see all your new movie’s as I love them all and have them all too!

  • DeLaine

    can’t wait to see all your new movie’s as I love them all and have them all too!

  • insaniityerin

    The Mad Hatter Johnny is creepy.

  • insaniityerin

    The Mad Hatter Johnny is creepy.

  • Jason

    Haha, loved the bit he said about him and Tim Burton speaking to eachother.

  • Jason

    Haha, loved the bit he said about him and Tim Burton speaking to eachother.

  • Dead man

    Depp hasn’t made a good movie since Dead Man and Ed Wood. Burton hasn’t done a great job either. Put these two together and your making the same lucid character that Depp has been trying to do since the 90′s: the lonely, isolated, and eccentric type. Depp would surprise me if he went underground again, but that’ll never happen. Good luck guys with making the big bucks and crappy remakes.

    • Ash Hamilton

      You are an ass! I suppose you like Tom Cruise too right? You obviously don’t know good films if they bit you…go watch Beerfest or something doopid….

  • Dead man

    Depp hasn’t made a good movie since Dead Man and Ed Wood. Burton hasn’t done a great job either. Put these two together and your making the same lucid character that Depp has been trying to do since the 90′s: the lonely, isolated, and eccentric type. Depp would surprise me if he went underground again, but that’ll never happen. Good luck guys with making the big bucks and crappy remakes.

    • Ash Hamilton

      You are an ass! I suppose you like Tom Cruise too right? You obviously don’t know good films if they bit you…go watch Beerfest or something doopid….

  • Darla

    Loved this article ! I can’t get enough Johnny Depp and Tim Burton ! Keep it coming !

  • Darla

    Loved this article ! I can’t get enough Johnny Depp and Tim Burton ! Keep it coming !

  • Stu

    Try editing your interviews before you post them.

  • Stu

    Try editing your interviews before you post them.

  • johana

    i love johnny depp to death ….. but I think Tim always make sure to make him look ugly in each of his movies…. hummmm I wonder why? jealousy perhaps?

    • KB

      Uh, no… it’s because Burton’s movies are mainly eccentric, and Depp is best at pulling off eccentric. Burton includes the looks of his characters in the makeup of their personality, and therefore when Depp accepts a strange role, he’s going to look strange. It’s part of the fun.

  • johana

    i love johnny depp to death ….. but I think Tim always make sure to make him look ugly in each of his movies…. hummmm I wonder why? jealousy perhaps?

    • KB

      Uh, no… it’s because Burton’s movies are mainly eccentric, and Depp is best at pulling off eccentric. Burton includes the looks of his characters in the makeup of their personality, and therefore when Depp accepts a strange role, he’s going to look strange. It’s part of the fun.

  • Immortal

    Great Scoop and interview. I recently read that there is a possibility that Burton will shoot Frankenweenie prior to tackling Dark Shadows which if true will be deeply disappointing.

  • Immortal

    Great Scoop and interview. I recently read that there is a possibility that Burton will shoot Frankenweenie prior to tackling Dark Shadows which if true will be deeply disappointing.

  • doobie

    johana, not even Tim Burton can make JD ugly. He was hot even as Edward Scissorhands and Sweeney Todd!

  • doobie

    johana, not even Tim Burton can make JD ugly. He was hot even as Edward Scissorhands and Sweeney Todd!

  • spoon

    honestly, i thought that picture of the mad hatter was elijah wood

  • spoon

    honestly, i thought that picture of the mad hatter was elijah wood

  • Cujo

    When I took a glimpse at Johnny’s picture, I thought it was Madonna…a little disturbing!

  • Cujo

    When I took a glimpse at Johnny’s picture, I thought it was Madonna…a little disturbing!

  • booboodog

    Johnny is going to play Barnabas Collins???? OMG, just the idea is making me drool……………………That could be the most wicked sexy film role he’s ever done.

  • booboodog

    Johnny is going to play Barnabas Collins???? OMG, just the idea is making me drool……………………That could be the most wicked sexy film role he’s ever done.

  • RockyRacoon

    He’s as cute as Kate Moss and can play John Dillenger to Boot. He’ll I’d do him if I wasn’t a man and the fact that he can play a femmy role shows he is secure in his sexuality and Burton lets him act like one without threatening him. I think.
    Cheers,
    RR

  • RockyRacoon

    He’s as cute as Kate Moss and can play John Dillenger to Boot. He’ll I’d do him if I wasn’t a man and the fact that he can play a femmy role shows he is secure in his sexuality and Burton lets him act like one without threatening him. I think.
    Cheers,
    RR

  • Bad Magic

    The picture of the mad hatter makes Depp look like Madonna.

  • Bad Magic

    The picture of the mad hatter makes Depp look like Madonna.

  • Hmmm

    People are sheep. OMG he has a GAP in his teeth, he MUST look like Madonna! wtf people. Take off your blinders for two seconds.

  • Hmmm

    People are sheep. OMG he has a GAP in his teeth, he MUST look like Madonna! wtf people. Take off your blinders for two seconds.

  • laine

    I can’t wait for this movie to hit the cinema’s……. it looks brilliant. The scenery looks so magical and the music will be wonderful too! I didn’t recognise Mr Depp. Really looking forward to seeing it

  • laine

    I can’t wait for this movie to hit the cinema’s……. it looks brilliant. The scenery looks so magical and the music will be wonderful too! I didn’t recognise Mr Depp. Really looking forward to seeing it

  • Bella

    Great interview. I am so excited that Johnny Depp is going to play Barnabas Collins. I’ve always loved Dark Shadows even though it was kinda querky at times. JD will be terrific in it as he is in all his movies. He is so talented and very hot!

  • Bella

    Great interview. I am so excited that Johnny Depp is going to play Barnabas Collins. I’ve always loved Dark Shadows even though it was kinda querky at times. JD will be terrific in it as he is in all his movies. He is so talented and very hot!

  • Christina

    There is no way in Hell I am watching that movie. I love Johnny Depp and I look forwar to Dark Shadows remake but this movie scared the crap out of me as a kid and I am not about to repeat that. He is too good of an actor and he will make it way too real.

  • Christina

    There is no way in Hell I am watching that movie. I love Johnny Depp and I look forwar to Dark Shadows remake but this movie scared the crap out of me as a kid and I am not about to repeat that. He is too good of an actor and he will make it way too real.

  • Christina

    There is no way in Hell I am watching this movie. I love Johnny Depp and I know he will make it all too real. That movie and book scared the hell out of me as a kid and I am not repeating those nightmares!!! I will wait for Dark Shadows to come out. Love you Johnny but not going there again!!!

  • Christina

    There is no way in Hell I am watching this movie. I love Johnny Depp and I know he will make it all too real. That movie and book scared the hell out of me as a kid and I am not repeating those nightmares!!! I will wait for Dark Shadows to come out. Love you Johnny but not going there again!!!

  • wilma

    I can’t think of a better person for this role. I have the set of VHS Dark Shadows series & love to watch it at night complete w/a candleabra lit up & sipping red wine called “Vampire” Pinot noir. Can’t wait to see the movie!!

  • wilma

    I can’t think of a better person for this role. I have the set of VHS Dark Shadows series & love to watch it at night complete w/a candleabra lit up & sipping red wine called “Vampire” Pinot noir. Can’t wait to see the movie!!

  • jeanette

    Man Johnny is so damm fine i love how he plays in all the movies he does wooooooooow!!!!!!

  • http://flowersbycj.com/ cj

    I have to dissagree with you. They make the best movies together, Its just their not your style, but if you like Barnabus Collins in dark shadows, or sweeney todd they are the best. I guess thoes type of movies arnt for you but I think they are magic together and I hope they do more. Depp is a natural I havent seen a movie by him I dont like yet. he is brilliant. sorry to burst your bubble I think you are very very wrong

  • cj

    no he isnt jelous Johnny relishes playing thoes parts. Johnny is a good old boy and he doesnt think he is good looking, but too a natural actor doesnt care what he looks like in his part, he plays it like he is that person, thats what makes him so great an actor.

  • cj

    You are exactly right.

  • cj

    Ya you and me both, I loved dark shawdows. when I was young thats the first thing I turned when I got home from school. I dont like soaps but i loved that one. it was more my style. I personally can not waite, I also jumped out of my skin when I learned they were making Sweeny Todd. I went to the theater and saw it 8 times.

  • cj

    No its you who is blind. You dont know a good actor when you see one. It doesnt matter what he looks like, he always plays his roll right on the mark.

  • cj

    I bet if you give it a chance you will see it isnt exactly like dark shadows, Sweeny todd wasnt exactly like the original with angelia landsbury but it was about the same story, however I must say this sweeney todd was much more violent. However I still thought it was awesome, i saw it 8 times before it was released on dvd.

  • cj

    oh man I cant waite until Dark Shadows comes out. I loved that when I was young. I used to rush home every day from school just to watch it. I cant waite, It didnt scare me at all. If you know its just a story line you shouldnt be scared. you watch the actor and how supurbly they play their roll.

  • cj

    Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaa finley someone who thinks like I do. I agree with you 100%. he will make the best barnabus I can see it now.

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