Director Tim Burton and actor Johnny Depp are no strangers to working with one another, with Depp having starred in numerous films from the filmmaker. In a new interview with Deadline, Burton discussed how that relationship came to be.
“I first met him when I did Edward Scissorhands. He was a bit similar to me, kind of suburban, white trash, whatever – we connected on some kind of level,” said Burton of how the two first met for his hit film Edward Scissorhands. “It wasn’t even a verbal understanding, it was just somebody I could feel liked to do characters, who was interested in acting for the art of it and not so much for the business of it. He was somebody who would play Scissorhands or Edward [in Edward Wood] and all these different things.”
Burton went on to discuss one of the aspects of Depp that always excited him, and it’s that Depp seemed to transfrom from film to film based on what character he was playing.
“That’s always exciting to see someone play different things rather than being one thing from one film to another and his transformation from film to film has always excited me,” Burton said.
So far in their careers, the actor and director have worked on eight films together, the most famous of which being the first, 1990’s Edward Scissorhands. Their most recent collaboration was 2012’s Dark Shadows, a gothic soap opera starring Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, and many more. The film was praised for its visual style and humor, but the overall sentiment was mixed.
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