Johnny Depp & Co. Take "Dark Shadows" to London
Giving English fans a thrill, the cast of “Dark Shadows” was in the house for the UK premiere in London today (May 9).
Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Chloe Moretz, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Eva Green all turned out for the big affair, held at the Empire Leicester Square.
Of the initial idea for the flick, Depp told press that he and director Tim Burton had a very specific motivation and vision.
"Tim and I talked early on: a vampire should look like a vampire. It was a rebellion against vampires that looked like underwear models."
As for his character Barnabas Collins, Johnny noted, "I wanted Barnabas to come across as ... this very elegant upper echelon, well-schooled gentleman who's cursed in the 18th century and brought back to probably the most surreal era of our time - the 1970s - and how he would react to things. Not just with technology and automobiles and such, but actual items of enjoyment for people like pet rocks, fake flowers, plastic fruit, troll dolls, lava lamps and the macramé owls."
Stepping onto the set of one of daytime's funniest hours for the very first time, Johnny Depp made an appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Tuesday (May 8).
The "Dark Shadows" actor looked handsome in a black shirt and pin striped vest with black jeans and his signature glasses while he talked about everything from his latest film to where he gets his inspiration for some of his eccentric characters.
The 48-year-old actor is notorious for his wild and eccentric roles in multiple Tim Burton films and he shared his techniques for getting that all-important spark of inspiration on the show.
While talking to Ellen about his character for "Edward Scissorhands," he said he put himself in the mindset of a newborn who was “seeing things for the first time” as well as a dog who was demonstrating “unconditional love."
As for his Willy Wonka rendition, Johnny said he tried to imagine what George Bush would be like “incredibly stoned.”
In other news, "The Rum Diary" star also joined his fellow cast mates Michelle Pfeiffer and Chloe Moretz to talk about their new film "Dark Shadows", which hits theaters May 11. The comedy/fantasy film is based on the original Gothic soap opera of the same name which ran from 1966–1971 on ABC.
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