Johnny Depp Talks “Alice,” All Things Burton, Next Projects

johnny depp mad hatter

By now you should be familiar with Johnny Depp’s Mad Hatter look. 

Yes, we have an interview with Johnny Depp, who is out doing publicity for Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland.” He plays the Mad Hatter, but I know you know that.

And let me correct that opening clause there–I, as in me, personally don’t have the interview with Johnny Depp. If that had happened, you wouldn’t be reading this because I would still be recovering from my long, Victorian style crashing faint. The actual interview was done by the people over at ComingSoon, who get invited to press junkets and things like that. I can’t rob them of the whole interview, but just a quote to get you interested enough to go over and patronize their site:

Johnny on his reaction to being offered the role of the Mad Hatter by his longtime collaborator Tim Burton:

I mean to be honest he could’ve said Alice and I would’ve said [yes]. I would’ve done whatever character Tim wanted, but yeah, certainly the fact that it was the Mad Hatter was a bonus. It was because of the great challenge to try and find this guy and not to just sort of be rubber ball heaved into an empty room and watch it bounce all over the place. So to find that part of that character but also a little more history or gravity to the guy.

That’s a great opening line, there. Hey, I would have been up for seeing Johnny as Alice. Or Alex. I mean, it’s not like they didn’t change the story a lot anyway.

Mr. Depp also talks about how much effort he puts into researching a character like the Mad Hatter, so he’s three dimensional and not just a big goofball, and how he has to be on the lookout for repeating himself–make sure this isn’t too Captain Jack, or this too mucyh Edward Scissorhands. And incredibly, he says that he actually wonders when he starts a film with Tim Burton whether this will be the one where he disappoints him by not coming up with an original character. Don’t worry, Johnny, you won’t disappoint.

Oh, and fyi future projects–Depp will begin shooting ”The Tourist” this week, and he says he hopes “Dark Shadows” will happen this year. 

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