Johnny Depp's Oddest Movie Roles 2011 Edward Scissorhands
2. "Edward Scissorhands." Before being cast in the 1990 movie, Depp was best known for his role Fox's series "21 Jump Street." He reportedly wanted the role of Edward, a young man who has scissors for hands, to break out of his teen idol status. To prepare for the role, "'I watched a lot of Chaplin stuff, because he was a genius at expressing himself without words," Depp told Entertainment Weekly. "The one thing [director Tim Burton] stressed was keeping the character of Edward pure without begging people to feel sorry for him. To me, Edward is that feeling of insecurity -- the feeling you get when you're growing up and nothing you do is right, everything you touch breaks."'