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“I can remember when I finished ‘Edward Scisso…

“I can remember when I finished ‘Edward
Scissorhands’, looking in a mirror as the girl was doing my makeup for the last
time, putting on the appliances and the prosthetics – this was like the 90th
day or the 89th day of shooting – and looking, and going, ‘Wow. This is
it. I’m saying goodbye to this guy. I’m saying goodbye to Edward
Scissorhands.’ It was funny, I was kind of sad.” ~ Johnny Depp.

schnapp-noah:

schnapp-noah:

When Tim Burton is so relatable lmfao 😂 

italianfansofdepp: Johnny Depp as Edward D. W…

italianfansofdepp:

Johnny Depp as Edward D. Wood Jr in “Ed Wood” (1994)

“ – I’m not finished.” – Edward.28 years…

“ – 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.

WHAT IF!?In 1990, Tim Burton was unfamiliar wi…

WHAT IF!?

In 1990, Tim Burton was unfamiliar with Johnny but find in him a chance for the role, but meanwhile, the role was also offered and caught attention of some other actors:

1) Gary Oldman:  
Gary read the script, but thought the story quite ridiculous with the castle, the Avon lady selling makeup and the fact that the lead character has scissors hands, He didn’t get Tim’s idea, who also at that time was a relatively unknown director, and turned down. Later, he watched the movie and understand the idea of the movie.

2) Tom Cruise:
Prefered by

20th Century Fox Studios for the role, Tom had a meeting with

Tim Burton, but the director didn’t feel secure about the actor, who, at that time, used to be a rival of Johnny when it comes about “Teen Idol”. Tom also wanted to change Edward’s character a bit,  insisting to be more masculine, with less makeup, and that the movie should have a happy ending.

3) Robert Downey Jr.:

Expressed interest.

4) Tom Hanks: 

Tom passed up the project in favor of “Bonfire of the Vanities”. The movie end up being a flop at the box office and considered one of the worst movies of 1990.  

5) Jim Carrey:  
Jim expressed interest, but was (and still is) considered “too funny” for serious roles. Jim also tried for a lot of other roles caught by Johnny, such as Wade Walker in Cry-Baby, Willy Wonka in  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. At this time, I think Carrey has already cursed Johnny’s name for taking every role he would like to make…

6) John
Cusack: 
Chose by Caroline Thompson, the writer of the movie.

7) William Hurt: 

Expressed interest.   

8) Michael Jackson:
Michael really wanted to play Edward and insisted calling to Tim for a chance for an audition, although Tim ignored all of his calls. Michael didn’t have a chance, but bought one of the prototypes of Edward’s scissor hands gloves, worn by Johnny in the movie. 

Ps. The photos of the actors are from 1989/1990, the same year of when the movie was filmed. It help us to imagine how they would look like for the role.

Behind the Scenes: Edward’s Hair Inspiration.E…

Behind the Scenes: Edward’s Hair Inspiration.

Edward’s hair was based on
Robert Smith of The Cure’s hair style. Also, during the pre-production of “Edward Scissorhands”, Tim Burton asked him if he could do the soundtrack for the movie,

and even sent the script, but
he had to pass the opportunity to Danny Elfman, once he was busy recording
his “Disintegration” Album.

Tim, which is a huge fan of The Cure, kept wanting a contribution in other projects with Johnny, like “Sleepy Hollow”, but Robert kept busy in his recordings, now with “Bloodflowersalbum.
The collaboration only happened in 2010, when Robert recorded the cover song “Very Good Advice” (from Disney’s 1951 animated adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, sang by

Kathryn Beaumont) for the “Alice in Wonderland” soundtrack, and in the cover of  1957 Frank Sinatra’s “Witchcraft” for the “Frankenweenie” soundtrack in 2012.

Behind the scenes: Edward Scissorhands’ …

Behind the scenes: Edward Scissorhands’ scissor hands.

“The character was based on an early drawing that Tim Burton did while still in high school.  It was rough and only showed long line sketches for his fingers. It was

Stan Winston (special makeup effects creator) who took this basic idea and actually put real scissors in place of the fingers. In fact, when Burton first saw Winston’s enhanced drawings he said, ‘I didn’t think he’d actually have scissors for fingers. I thought they’d just be long sharp pieces of metal that weren’t finished – but this is much better!’ 

To construct the scissor hands, Stan and his team searched for every different kind of pruning shear and scissor ever made. Next time you look at the hands, notice that each finger looks much different from the next. Once the final design was established, many sets of the scissor hands were then made. In the photo above you can see Andy Schoneberg and Dave Grasso mass producing these numerous sets. Most of these were very safe, lightweight resin blades, vacumetalized to give them the appearance of metal, but there were in fact a few real ones constructed for insert shots. Regardless of material, they all looked perfectly real to anyone who watched.”

Read the full article HERE

> Curiosities:

*

On the pre-production stage of the movie, Johnny had one of the scissor hands prototypes, with blades made of plastic, to practice his movements while at home. 

A mechanical pair of hands (designed to be
operated by puppeteers) was also built, but was rarely needed.

* Although Michael Jackson was willing to play the character, in the end, the only thing he got (and payed for) was one of the prototypes which Johnny worn in the filming. Later, in 2009, the piece was auctioned.

only-johnny-depp: 28 years ago, today (Decemb…

only-johnny-depp:

28 years ago, today (December 6), Johnny
and the cast attended the premiere of “Edward
Scissorhands”
at Avco Theatre in Westwood, in California, United States.
The movie had a limited release in the United States on the next day and a
wider release one week later, in December 14.

Edward Scissorhands was the movie that made Johnny’s career took off. Also, was
the first movie with his now long-time friend, Tim Burton, who helped him to
portray his first “weird” character, following a totally different path from
his earlier project “21 Jump Street”. At that time, Johnny was tired of his “teen
idol” status and wanted to break the way the studios was using his beauty as a
product, selling his image of a good looking guy to earn money over the fan
hysteria.


“This role for me was not a career move. This role was freedom. Freedom to
create, experiment, learn, and exorcize something in me. Rescued from the world
of mass-product, bang-‘em out TV death by this odd, brilliant young guy who had
spent his youth drawing strange pictures, stomping around the soup-bowl of
Burbank, feeling quite freakish himself. I felt like Nelson Mandela. Resuscitated
from my jaded views of ‘Hollyweird’ and what it’s like to not have any control
of what you really want for yourself.

 In essence, I owe the majority of whatever success I’ve been lucky
enough to have, to that one weird, wired meeting with Tim. Because if it
weren’t for him, I think I would have gone ahead and opted for choice 3 and
quit that f*cking show while I still had some semblance of integrity left. And
I also believe that because of Tim’s belief in me, Hollywood opened its doors,
playing a strange follow-the-leader game.” –
Johnny Depp,  September 1994

Ps. Tomorrow on the “#Release of the
Day” I’ll post a longer post about this movie with curiosities, photos
and videos. Stay tuned!

28 years ago, today (December 6), Johnny and t…

28 years ago, today (December 6), Johnny
and the cast attended the premiere of “Edward
Scissorhands”
at Avco Theatre in Westwood, in California, United States.
The movie had a limited release in the United States on the next day and a
wider release one week later, in December 14.

Edward Scissorhands was the movie that made Johnny’s career took off. Also, was
the first movie with his now long-time friend, Tim Burton, who helped him to
portray his first “weird” character, following a totally different path from
his earlier project “21 Jump Street”. At that time, Johnny was tired of his “teen
idol” status and wanted to break the way the studios was using his beauty as a
product, selling his image of a good looking guy to earn money over the fan
hysteria.


“This role for me was not a career move. This role was freedom. Freedom to
create, experiment, learn, and exorcize something in me. Rescued from the world
of mass-product, bang-‘em out TV death by this odd, brilliant young guy who had
spent his youth drawing strange pictures, stomping around the soup-bowl of
Burbank, feeling quite freakish himself. I felt like Nelson Mandela. Resuscitated
from my jaded views of ‘Hollyweird’ and what it’s like to not have any control
of what you really want for yourself.

 In essence, I owe the majority of whatever success I’ve been lucky
enough to have, to that one weird, wired meeting with Tim. Because if it
weren’t for him, I think I would have gone ahead and opted for choice 3 and
quit that f*cking show while I still had some semblance of integrity left. And
I also believe that because of Tim’s belief in me, Hollywood opened its doors,
playing a strange follow-the-leader game.” –
Johnny Depp,  September 1994

Ps. Tomorrow on the “#Release of the
Day” I’ll post a longer post about this movie with curiosities, photos
and videos. Stay tuned!

SO BLOODY HANDSOME!

SO BLOODY HANDSOME!

11 years ago, today, (December 3), Johnny and cast attended the “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” premiere, at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City. 

At that time, the movie was expected to be released in the USA right after the premiere, but the Marcus Theatres ( One of the largest theatre circuit in the United States) and the Paramount Studios didn’t reached an agreement about the price requested by Paramount to show the film in the Theatres, one it was too expensive. Due to this impasse, the movie was released in the USA only two weeks later, on December 21.

Ps. As you may know, I always make a special post to celebrate Johnny’s movies on the day it was released (#Release of the Day). This time, specially for this movie, there will be two, for different purposes: One next November 18 and another in December 21. Stay tuned!