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Johnny Depp: Tim Burton Is Like My Brother

Johnny Depp: Tim Burton Is Like My Brother

Johnny Depp gets into character as vampire Barnabas Collins on the cover of Entertainment Weekly‘s latest issue.

Here’s what 48-year-old Dark Shadows star had to share:

On director Tim Burton: “I feel as though he’s my brother. It’s a weird understanding, this kind of shorthand we have. I truly understand him, I think, just as well as anybody can. He certainly knows me as well as anybody can.” (The two previously worked together on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Edward Scissorhands, and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street)

On meeting Jonathan Frid, the actor who originated the role of Barnabas: “When I finally met him on the set, he was incredibly sweet about my taking on this character that he essentially created. He was quite fragile toward the end but had his faculties about him. He was blown away by the sets. And putting his eyeballs on me for the first time, all decked out as a slightly different version of him … it had to be pretty weird for him.”

On Jonathan’s death (he passed away April 14 at age 87): “There’s something very weird and tragic about the fact that he died just before the film was released. If he had stuck it out – if that fate had been dealt to him – he would have really enjoyed the film and enjoyed the attention.”

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