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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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  • The Boot Authority

    Johnny looks crazy awesome here.

  • Meh

    I can’t wait to see this movie!…looks really fun

  • Bradley

    He is very hot so so meaty!

  • scarlett

    My fav Burton/Depp is actually Ed Wood. Johnny can do no wrong for me, I adore him as an actor. He’s like a fine wine, getting better with age and I’m looking forward to this, it looks like fun. Also really interested in The Lone Ranger.

  • ozzie

    i am kinda over tim burton ridiculing old movies.

  • tega

    I can’t wait for May 11. Johnny and Tim together are the perfect combination. I think this one will go down in the books as one of the best horror/comedy films ever and it will be refreshing to see once again what a real vampire, the way they were created to be, should look like.

  • http://website,computer Dave From Canada

    Johnny sounded very touching and sincere in everything that he discussed, especially about the late actor who played the original Barnabas Collins. I can hardly wait to see the big movie DARK SHADOWS! Go Johnny!

  • YOU

    Jonathan died only a couple of months before the movie’s release, thats quite sad :( rip

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  • brenda

    I wish Johnny the best for this new Dark has a AWESOME CAST,a funny script and it’s sooo interesting to see,I love it and I want to see it right now!!! I love you Johnny!!! God bless you!