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Sweeney Todd Takes Entertainment Weekly Cover

Sweeney Todd Takes Entertainment Weekly Cover

Sweeney Todd, played by Johnny Depp, takes this week’s cover of Entertainment Weekly‘s Holiday Movie Preview Issue.

Check the below inside scoop of the cutting-edge movie adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim favorite musical (opening Dec. 21). Here are a few snippets of Johnny Depp‘s in-depth interview with EW about the Tim Burton-directed film:

Musical lovers and Stephen Sondheim fanatics know Sweeney Todd really well. What about the general public? Somebody sent me this thing from online. Somebody said, after they saw the trailer, ”I don’t understand why in the middle of that trailer Depp broke into a song.” Like, ”Whoa ” What is he doing?”

Singers say Sondheim’s melodies can be incredibly tough. Why? It’s real obtuse stuff. When you start to take those pieces apart, melody line by melody line, it’s a lot of half-steps, which is not real easy to do. Kind of go G to A-flat to A to B-flat. It’s super, ultra complicated, these notes that shouldn’t work together at times. But he made them so.

How messy was it filming Sweeney’s really bloody scenes? I remember everyone except me being covered in plastic trash bags. There’d be a countdown. Three, two, one…action! And then blammo, you know? The great deluge. The process we shot in called for a slightly over-the-top kind of color. They were going to desaturate it later, so they had to bring the color up on the set. It was kind of orangeish. A very unnatural-looking color.

What does all that fake blood smell and taste like? It tasted kind of like a Karo-syrupy sort of thing. It was oily. And it was dangerous. Slippery. You’d see these big English grips, tiptoeing through the swamp of blood. Very surreal.

Sacha Baron Cohen plays another barber in Sweeney Todd. What’s he like when he’s not Borat or Bruno or Ali G? He’s not what I expected. I didn’t look at those characters and think, This will be the sweetest guy in the world. He’s incredibly nice. A real gentleman, kind of elegant. I was impressed with him. He’s kind of today’s equivalent of Peter Sellers.

Read Entertainment Weekly‘s full article on Sweeney Todd. Read the extended Q&A with Johnny Depp.

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  • baba

    Yeah tim burton U are the best

  • emma
  • jk

    can`t wait to see the movie !!

  • blabla

    I wanna see this one now. everytime some site is posting stuff about sweeney todd I get excited

  • creativegirl

    i just had a very hot dream about Johnny Depp last night for some reason and BOOM – here I check in and Jared has got him right there. It was kind of freaky – but very cool.

    I just love him, can’t wait to see this movie.

  • miss vex

    I luv Johnny Depp so much. I am so watching this movie. :)

  • kaw


  • Lauren

    I can’t wait for this movie. Johnny Depp + Tim Burton + Alan Rickman = dream come true.

  • Anon

    I bet Johnny gets his Oscar for this one. I will take on all comers.

  • Mìh

    Can’t wait to see him acting in that movie

  • Mìh

    Can’t wait to see him acting in that movie

  • Eve

    Scary and sexy…I can´t wait to see this. I love them (Burton and Depp) to death.

  • Florencia

    Q sexy es johnny ^^

    Grax x las pics !!!

  • bebe

    He’s so strange.

  • kaw

    I hope Johnny gets his Oscar for this one. o/

  • mickey

    Johnny rules. ‘Nuff said.

  • Regina

    Looks fab. Why do reality losers like Heidi Montag and her ‘Pratt’ of a boyfriend, Lauren Conrad, Zac Efron and Vaneslut get more comments than the wonderful Johnny Depp?

  • JDB

    Is it wrong that I find Johnny totally gorgeous in that cover picture?! Haha.

  • Gabi frones


  • Gabi frones

    I can’t wait to see this movie, Johnny and Tim are always a good one!

  • inga

    Great actor and Sexiest man ever!

  • gise ATÁRIP

    OOH!!! lindas fotos = ), lastima que están en inglés y no sé que dice XX, vi el trailler de esta película me gustó mucho :D



    He deserves Oscar from the begginig of his career, but I dont think he needs it… he´s a complete actor, a very genuine person and the sexiest man on earth.

  • anna wu

    i love Johnny Depp

    i can’t wait Sweeney Todd

  • J&OB FAN!

    I can’t waittttt to see this movie definietly became a countdown for me. I come from Venezuela (latinamerica) and the movie will be in theaters around january. Im so pissed because u guys get to see it first. But it doesn’t matter because ill see it anyway :D I CANT WAIT

  • J&OB FAN!

    and i forgot something… I TOTALLY AGREE WITH:
    23# and 17# ;)
    para los que no entienden ingles
    es el mejor actor del universo y se merece mas que un oscar es lo maximo! :D :D