Category: Release Of The Day


“ – I’m not finished.” – Edward.

28 years ago, today (December 7), “Edward Scissorhands”, had its limited
release in selected theaters around the USA. The movie premiered in Los Angeles one
day earlier, and had a wider release one week later in December 14, and special screenings on
Christmas Day. Later, between February and August of 1991, the movie was
released in some countries around the world, but became a hit, and classic movie, when started to
be screened on TV.

Edward Scissorhands earned $6,325,249 in its opening weekend
in 1,372 theaters, grossed $56,362,352 in North America, and a further
$29,661,653 outside North America, coming to a worldwide total of $86.02
million. With a budget of $20 million, the film was declared to be a box office
success, and one of the best movies of 1990.

 > Synopsis:
Once upon a time in a castle high on
a hill lived an inventor whose greatest creation was named Edward. Although
Edward had an irresistible charm, he wasn’t quite perfect. The inventor’s
sudden death left him unfinished, with sharp shears of metal for hands. Edward
lived alone in the darkness until one day a kind Avon lady took him home to
live with her family. And so began Edward’s fantastical adventures in a pastel
paradise known as Suburbia.

> Curiosities: 

* In 1h 40 min of movie, Johnny speaks 52 lines, saying almost
190 words throughout the film.
Most of them are short dialogues. 

* To get deeper in the character,
Johnny decided to lose 25 pounds (+/- 12 kilos), refused to use any cooling agent
in his all-leather skin-tight costume, and suffered a lot with it. Filmed
during the North American Spring and Summer, on the hot weather of Florida
with temperatures reaching 90ºF (32ºC), Johnny collapsed from heat exhaustion due to the extreme temperatures
and the leather costume during the scene where Edward flees to his castle. Also, during the barbecue party, Johnny was violently
sick. According to Burton, Johnny’s costume
was made from latex, leather, tape and bits of an old sofa. 

* Johnny used to spend two hours to
apply his heavy make-up, 45 minutes being sewn into his costume and a further
hour with the hairdresser making his massive wig, almost every day during the four
months of filming. Sometimes, Johnny even helped the makeup artist to apply
some prosthetics. 

* Johnny and Winona Ryder dated
throughout the filming, and became engaged during the same year. 

* Johnny reprised his role as Edward one
more time, lenting his voice in an episode of Family Guy in which he
appears as a night nurse. 

* Alternate versions: The movie had
several scenes deleted or reduced in some European theaters, VHS and TV
screenings, editing some violent scenes mostly during the final fight. 

* While Tim didn’t returned his call
to say if Johnny would play the role, Johnny kept busy researching for the
role, watching silent movies from Charles Chaplin, to get an idea of how to
emote without dialogue, reading children’s story, fairy-tales,
child-psychology, and human body anatomy books. 

This film marks the first time that Tim Burton and Johnny Depp worked
together, Johnny’s first hit movie, the day when his career really took off,
his freedom of creation and opportunity to show his ideas, and the beginning of his love for eccentric characters.

Ps. This is the 5th post about “Edward Scissorhands” I made since yesterday, and there’s so many interesting things happening behind the scenes, that I wanted to share to those who didn’t know yet. Later, I’ll make another posts in November 14, to celebrate the day the movie had a wider release in the USA. The posts will be about the first meeting between Johnny and Tim and Johnny’s expectations and insecurities during the filming. Stay tuned.



Tim Burton and Johnny’s first collaboration had a limited premiere on this day (December 7) in selected theaters around the USA.
Nowadays the movie is considered one of the best movies of the 90′s… An unforgettable classic!


“ – Okay, now. I’m an excellent night nurse, so you two get some
much-deserved sleep and don’t worry about a thing. I will take such loving care
of this wonderful little gift, and when you wake up well-rested your precious
little baby will be smiling as bright as the sun… It’s dead.”

6 years ago, today (November 25), was
aired in the North American and Canadian FOX channel, the episode “Lois Comes Out of Her Shell”, the seventh episode of the eleventh
season of the animated comedy series “Family
. In this episode Johnny lent his voice to reprise, 22 years later, one
of his most famous characters: Edward Scissorhands… But now as a night nurse.

 > Curiosities:

 * This was the third and last time
Johnny lent his voice for a character in a TV series, after Yogi Victor in
King of the Hill” (2004) and Jack Kahuna Laguna in “SpongeBob SquarePants” (2009). 


In the movies, Johnny latest animated character

was Sherlock Gnomes, released last March. Before that, he had voiced Victor Van Dort in “Corpse Bride” (2005) and “Rango” (2011).

7 years ago, today (November 25),  Johnny

lent his voice to reprise, 22 years later, one of his most famous characters: Edward Scissorhands… But now as a night nurse on

the animated comedy series “Family Guy”. 





“ – 

Daddy’s right here, honey. Daddy’s here.” ~ Gene Watson

23 years
ago, today (November 22), “Nick of Time” premiered in the USA theaters. The
movie originally premiered two days before, in November 20, with the cast, and his mother, Betty Sue,
attending at Academy Theater in Beverly Hills, California. In this movie,
Johnny plays Gene Watson, a certified public accountant with a difficult task to
be made in order to have his daughter back. 

> Synopsis:
No sooner does accountant Gene Watson (Johnny
arrive at L.A.’s Union Station with his 6 years old daughter than he’s
plunged into a nightmare. Two shadowy strangers (Christopher Walken and Roma Maffia) separate Watson from his
little girl, slap a gun into his hand and present a devil’s bargain: kill a top
government official before she leaves a nearby political rally… or never again
see his beloved child. 



This was the first of the few movies, which Johnny’s character has a child. He based the character’s feelings towards his daughter, in his nieces and nephews, once he didn’t have a child yet. His first child, Lily-Rose born three years later in 1999.


“21 Jump Street” is a police/thriller series, this was Johnny’s first thriller/action
movie. Also was the first time he played a “normal” character, with a normal
life, in a normal story, dressing normal clothes and no makeup.  


Johnny did almost every scene with no stuntman. He wanted to do all the fight scenes and even his 89 feet (27 meters) drop hanging on cables. Even though he was shaking a little bit.

* Johnny and Christopher Walken worked together again, as also as rivals, 4 years later in “Sleepy Hollow

Happy 24th anniversary to “Nick of Time”!!!

The movie was released on this day, November 22, in the USA theaters!

The Libertine: Epilogue” by Johnny Depp as John Wilmot, 14 years ago.

“So, there he lies at the last… The deathbed convert. The pious debauchee. Could not dance half a measure, could l? Give me wine, l’d drain the dregs and toss the empty bottle at the world. Show me our Lord Jesus in agony, and l mount the cross and steal his nails for my own palms. 
There l go… shuffling from the world. My dribble fresh upon a Bible. l look upon a pinhead… and l see angels dancing. 
Well? Do you like me now? 
Do you like me now…?
Do you like me now…?
Do you like me… Now?”

PS. You can also watch the Prologue HERE.


“ – Villainy wears many masks, none so dangerous
as the mask of virtue.” – Ichabod Crane.

19 years
ago, today (November 19), Tim Burton’s “Sleepy Hollow” premiered in the USA,
two days after the premiere in the Los Angeles in which Johnny and the cast attended along the presence of his friend Marylin Manson. In this gothic/supernatural/romantic-horror
movie, an adaptation loosely based on the famous short story of Washington
Irving’s 1820 named “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, Johnny is Ichabod
Crane, a detective with eccentric investigative techniques and scientific
procedures who was dispatched to the small town of Sleepy Hollow, which has
been plagued by a series of brutal decapitations. 

> Synopsis:

Ichabod, a
New York City detective whose unorthodox techniques and penchant for gadgets
make him unpopular with is colleagues, is sent to the remote town of Sleepy
Hollow to investigate a series of bizarre murders, in which a number of people
have been found dead in the woods, with their heads cut off. While the locals
believes that a Hessian ghost rides through the woods on horseback, lopping off
the heads of the unsuspecting and unbelieving, Ichabod refuses to believe in
this legend, convinced that there must be a logical explanation for the

> Curiosities: 

* This is Johnny’s second horror movie,
after “A Nightmare in Elm Street”, 15 years before in 1984. 

* The movie was shot in 7 months
between November of 1998 and May of 1999. The cast filmed even on Christmas Day
at Shepperton Studios, in London. 

* Busy schedule: Johnny was filming for
“The Ninth Gate”, when Tim Burton cast him to “Sleepy Hollow”, and started to
filming one month later when the Polanski’s movie filming ended. 

* Johnny was Burton’s first choice for
the role and their third collaboration after “Edward Scissorhands” in 1990 and
“Ed Wood” in 1994. Although the Paramount Studios required the director to also
consider Brad Pitt, Liam Neeson and Daniel Day-Lewis for the role. 

* Johnny always tries to add
prosthetics in his characters, and in this movie he wanted the classic Ichabod
Crane from the 1820 book, wearing a long sliding nose, huge ears, and elongated
fingers and feet. But the Paramount Studios turned down his suggestions. Historically,
Ichabod Crane was a very unattractive man and Johnny wanted to make himself
look ugly, but Tim wanted to base the character on Crane’s more unattractive
personality traits, his reported squeamishness and eccentricity. 

* Johnny adopted Goldeneye, Ichabod
Crane’s horse in the movie, when he heard it was going to be put down. The one eye horse provided a lot of amusement for the cast and crew, because it was extremely

* Johnny did all of his own stunts for
the final scene where he is dragged by the horse, wearing a bulletproof clothing underneath his wardrobe with a quick-release system attached to the
rig to detach himself if he needed to during the shoot. But he was more
worried that the animals would relieve themselves while he was strapped in
behind them, than with his security.

In one of the courtroom scenes with Christopher Lee, a man can be seen
strapped into a device that prevents him from fleeing, which almost looks like
some sort of torture device. When the shoot ended, Johnny revealed that he fell
in love with the contraption and was allowed to take it home with him.

HAPPY 20th ANNIVERSARY for Tim Burton’s “Sleepy Hollow”!!!
The movie premiered on this day, November 19,  in the USA!

The Libertine: Prologue” by Johnny Depp as John Wilmot,

14 years ago.

“Allow me to be frank at the commencement…
You will not like me. The gentlemen will be envious and the ladies will be repelled. You will not like me now and you will like me a good deal less as we go on…
Ladies… An announcement: I am up for it… All the time. That is not a boast or an opinion, it is bone hard medical fact. I put it round you know. And you will watch me putting it round and sigh for it. Don’t… It is a deal of trouble for you and you are better off watching and drawing your conclusions from a distance than you would be if I got my tarse up your petticoats.
Gentlemen… Do not despair… I am up for that as well. And the same warning applies. Still your cheesy erections till I have had my say. But later when you shag – and later you will shag – I shall expect it of you and I will know if you have let me down… I wish you to shag with my homuncular image rattling in your gonads. Feel… How it was for me, how it is for me. And ponder… ‘Was that shudder the same shudder he sensed? Did he know something more profound? Or is there some wall of wretchedness that we all batter with our heads at that shining, livelong moment.’

That is it. That is my prologue, nothing in rhyme, no protestations of modesty, you were not expecting that I hope.
I am John Wilmot, Second Earl of Rochester and I do not want you to like me.”



“ – You will not like me… ~ John Wilmot”

13 Years ago, yesterday
(November 18), the British-Australian drama film, the first film directed by
Laurence Dunmore “The Libertine” premiered in the UK theaters.The
movie premiered at Toronto International Film Festival in September 2004, but was only released more than a year later in the UK along with a limited screening in selected theaters in the USA, and being widely released only in
2006. In this movie, Johnny plays John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, a notorious
rake and libertine poet in the court of King Charles II of England in 17th century. 

> Synopsis:
In every generation,
there comes along a person so scandalous, so rebellious, so willing to break
taboos that they topple the world’s ideas of what being a free spirit truly
means. In the 17th century that person was unequivocally John Wilmot, AKA the
2nd Earl of Rochester the wily and talented rogue who in the course of his
short, wild life, become known all at once as a troublemaker, a genius and one
of history’s most irrepressible believers in liberty.


* This is his
first character with his same birth name, happening again, 5 years later when
Johnny played John Dillinger in “Public
Enemies”. In both films he is kept called Johnny. 


While the
filming schedule changed due to changes in tax rules which affected various
film productions in the UK, Johnny enjoyed his free time reading and researching
John Wilmot life at the British Library. He had the chance to read his books
and personal letters addressed to his wife, mother and children. The more
Johnny meeting his story, the more Johnny fell in love for his character,
finding in him some similarities with his past life, such as the drug and sex


Johnny had
his face coated in ripped latex to emulate the skin of people with the syphilis.
Also worn a nose plate made of silver, dentures, and one eye with a milky-colored contact


Johnny was invited for the role 8 years earlier, in 1996 when
John Malkovich invited Johnny to watch him playing John Wilmot’s role
on stage. Malkovitch had a plan to make the play into a movie, but various
financial complications delayed the production until 2004. 


character was considered by critics as a dark cousin of Captain Jack Sparrow
and Raoul Duke. 


schedule: Three months after the finishing of the filming, Johnny started to
film for “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”

Happy 14th anniversary for “The Libertine”!

Yesterday (November 18), completed 14 years since the release of the movie in the UK theaters.



“ – Do you think you can hold me?” – Gellert Grindelwald

2 years
ago, today, (November 18), “Fantastic
Beasts and Where to Find Them”
, the first installment in the “Fantastic
Beasts” series, was released worldwide. The movie premiered in November 10 at Alice Tully Hall in New York and started to be screened one week later in
various countries around the world. In this movie, we have a glimpse of what
it’s now Johnny’s newest character: Gellert Grindelwald, the most dangerous
Dark Wizard of all the times.


* Johnny is the first character to appear in the movie, but we only have a view from his back, followed by newspapers alerting about his dangerousness. Later, a wanted poster is shown in a bar, but with his picture torn. In the end, it takes 1h 49 minutes to finally watch Johnny as Grindelwald. 

* Johnny only speaks 2 lines in this
movie (“Do you think you can hold me?” and
“Will we die just a little?”) and both is a hint for what happens in “Fantastic
Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” 

* This was the first time Johnny played
a wizard character in his career. 

* Johnny’s role was kept in secret even
from the cast. The only thing known at the time was that he would appear in the
movie, but his character was not said. Many people got surprised when he
appeared in the end, and the cast only knew in the post-production. 

* This is Johnny second movie with a
longer franchise after the five movies of “Pirates of the Caribbean”. And the
third with a sequel, after the two Alice’s movie and also Pirates of the
Caribbean. Fantastic Beasts was originally intended to be a trilogy, now is set
to be a franchise with 5 movies, but it’s unknown in how many of them will
Johnny be present. 

“- Do you think you can hold me?” 

Happy third anniversary for the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”!
The first installment in the “Fantastic Beasts” series, and Johnny’s debut as the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was released on this day, (November 18), worldwide! 

“ – Join me… Or die…” – Gellert Grindelwald


One year ago, today (November 16), the second installment of “Fantastic Beasts” film series, named “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” was released worldwide. The movie was first planned to have its world premiere held in New York, but for unknown reasons, the original dates had to be changed. The premiere happened in November 8, in Paris, with the main cast attending. Johnny only attended the second premiere, held in London in November 14. The last premiere, instead of New York, was held in Tokyo in November 21.

In this movie, Johnny reprised his role as the most powerful dark wizard of all the times: Gellert Grindelwald.

> SynopsisAt the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings. In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.

> Curiosities:

* This movie marks the 13th collaboration between Johnny and the costume designer, Colleen Atwood, over the last 30 years.

* Due to Amber Heard’s Hoax, many people wanted J.K. Rowling to replace Johnny, but neither the writter, the directors or the producers did it. Instead, they defended Johnny, who also confessed had felt bad for bringing such trouble for their side. J.K. Rowling, who also suffered with domestic abuse, is also one of the few people to had seen evidence documents of  his innocence. On twitter and on her own site she openly defended him saying: “Based on our understanding of the circumstances, the filmmakers and I are not only comfortable sticking with our original casting, but genuinely happy to have Johnny playing a major character in the movies.

* Due to their different scedules, out the main cast, Johnny only didn’t film with Jude Law. The mirror scene was filmed separated.

* Due to his busy schedule, Johnny’s biggest promotion for the movie was appearing by surprise during the San Diego’ 2018 Comic Con, in June 21, fully dressed as Grindelwald and reciting an alternate speech from the original in the movie.

* It took 5 months for the “Grindelwald’s Escape” and the “Thestral Chase” sequences to be finished, since the devolepment of ideas, storyboard and later weeks of filming in a chroma key studio. Johnny did all of his scenes while attached to suspended wires while being hit by water and wind. Another difficult part was the &Grindelwald’s speech&, which took almost one month to be completely filmed with more than 500 extras and dozen of reheasals.

* Talking about reheasals, Grindelwald and Leta’s scene at the amphitheater was filmed in at least 4 different ways. All of them, the only difference was Grindelwald’s tone of speech.

* Grindelwald’ blue spell, “Protego Diabolica” is only spoken on the official script. It’s unknown if Johnny pronoucing the spell was filmed, neither why it was cut from the final release.

* At least four scenes featuring Grindelwald weren’t released. One seems to be him in his hideout, two scenes with Queenie, one during the first meeting with Queenie and other ar the Numengard garden, and one seen during a rehearsal while interacting with a follower at the anphitheater.

* Johnny said he was surprised  amd honored for J.K. Rowling giving him full freedom to build the character. They used to talked for hours, and although most of the writters doesn’t like to change their characters, she never dictated how Grindelwald should be, and was always open for his ideas which made her curious about how he was going to build the character. Colleen Atwood also revealed that they used to listen to Marylin Manson’s songs to get some inspiration as they talked about Grindelwald’s german roots. Johnny and Colleen  also researched about the 30’s fashion to choose the closest fabrics for Grindelwald’s suit.

* Grindelwald’s look, hair style and the two different eyes colours were all Johnny’s choice aproved by the filmmakers. Even the beginning was also Johnny’s choice  to look on rags, so Colleen did his clothes made of fabric inspired on the Japanese firemen. On the original concept art, Grindelwald kept his short hair, and no beard but was shirtless while on his cell.

* Johnny and the whole cast is expected to reprise their roles on the upcoming third movie. Filming is set to start next year.

Ps. There are some other curiosities to talk about, but my computer, unfortunately, is on maintenace again, so I won’t be able to post some behind the scenes videos or photos from Johnny as Grindelwald. As soon as I can, I’ll be posting and updating some LQ for HQ photos too.


Johnny and Jude Law, last year on this day (November 13) sharing the best moments during the “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”, UK Premiere in London.

Can’t wait to see what is planned for Gellert Grindelwald and Albus Dumbledore up next!