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Johnny Depp: I lathered up Alan Rickman.


With its mixture of singing and killing, Sweeney Todd is set to be one of the biggest and most fun movies of 2008. And who better to take us behind the scenes of the flick than Johnny Depp – who plays the Demon Barber Of Fleet Street – and director Tim Burton. Below they chat about everything from learning to sing to how “lathering up Alan Rickman” was the most uncomfortable moment of Johnny’s life.

Johnny, Can you talk about your relationship with the razors?

Depp: Having worked with sharp objects before, everything was fine until I had to shave someone.

Burton: He didn’t have trouble with the razors, he was freaked out by the shaving cream.

Depp: It made me a little nervous.

Burton: Am I right was that one of the hardest things to do was lather up Alan Rickman?

Depp: It was one of the most uncomfortable moments of my life as it would be.

Burton: Poor Alan.

Was he screaming?

Burton: Inside he was.

Depp: He really didn’t enjoy it. So in that sense I’m sure he probably hated working with me.



Tim – Since this is a musical, did you have any trepidation in casting Johnny without hearing him sing?

Burton: I strangely didn’t, I had absolutely no idea if he was any good. I worry about a lot of things, but I strangely did not fear it at all. In the end he exceeded my expectations and I was very lucky I didn’t go through any wasted angst.

Depp: I did. I told Tim I didn’t know if I could sing. I said to him I think I can do it let me go off and try some stuff, so I went off to a buddy’s studio and started to record the songs to see if I could get off the initial fear of that type of exposure. I did that and sent it to Tim and he felt we were going to be OK, but then the idea of me standing in front of a guy at a piano singing scales, it just seemed to me wrong. It doesn’t matter if you know how to sing, just sing, so that’s what I did. Stephen Sondheim, who composed the music, was probably weeping.

Are you into karaoke?

Depp: I’ve always been frightened it scares the hell out of me.

Burton: If you’re not a singer it’s pretty scary unless you’re drunk or something.

Depp: And I’ve never been that drunk. I’ve been drunk but never that drunk.

Is this movie the darkest place you guys have gone?

Burton: We never saw it as dark, it was more fun and having music on the set was exhilarating. When you are going down the abyss of depression, it’s nice to have a sense of humor about it. This was one of my favourite characters that Johnny has done. We talked for a long time about old horror movie actors, Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney. We watched the Return of Dr X, the only horror film Humphrey Bogart ever made.

Depp: It was challenging too, there had been a lot of Sweenys over the year. Tim and I sat down talked about what this guy was going to look like. We knew that it was a pretty special opportunity once in a lifetime kind of thing. A horror slash musical.

Burton: It’s The Sound of Music... with blood.

Johnny, Can you talk about your relationship with the razors?

Depp: Having worked with sharp objects before, everything was fine until I had to shave someone.

Burton: He didn’t have trouble with the razors, he was freaked out by the shaving cream.

Depp: It made me a little nervous.

Burton: Am I right was that one of the hardest things to do was lather up Alan Rickman?

Depp: It was one of the most uncomfortable moments of my life as it would be.

Burton: Poor Alan.

Was he screaming?

Burton: Inside he was.

Depp: He really didn’t enjoy it. So in that sense I’m sure he probably hated working with me.

Did your wife Helena Bonham Carter pressure you to cast her in the movie?

Burton: She’s been an actress for a long time. She gets the picture. She was very good about not over-pressuring me.

But did you torture her regarding your decision to use her?

Burton: I definitely tortured, she jumped through more hoops than any other actress usually would. I wanted to make sure it was right and it was.

What projects do you have coming up next?

Depp: Shantaram (a crime movie directed by Mira Nair) is the project for me right now. Basically because of this writers’ strike and what it may or may not do, you want it to be absolutely perfect so we put it on hold. We hit pause in that sense and wait ‘til the dust settles. Rum Diary (an adventure film based on a novel by Hunter S. Thompson) might be all ready to go now though. We might be able to jump into that.

Do you have a dream role?

Depp: Dream role? I want to remake Titanic shot for shot.


source = http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/bizarre/celeb_interviews/article669421.ece
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