“Photos you can hear…”
Johnny, Gina Deuters and Tim Burton having a lot of fun, last January 8, in Notting Hill, London.
I don’t know what happened, but I laughed too 😂
Johnny Depp & Tim Burton on GMTV (excerpt)
Wishing you ALL an amazing night.
What about to watch this and some other movies featuring Johnny to celebrate this special day?
There was a barber and his wife,
And she was beautiful…
A foolish barber and his wife,
She was his reason and his life,
And she was beautiful…
And she was virtuous…
And he was… Naive
There was another man who saw
That she was beautiful
A pious vulture of the law,
Who with a gesture of his claw,
Removed the barber from his plate,
Then there was nothing but to wait,
And she would fall!
And oh, so beautiful!…
And the lady, sir?
Did she succumb?
Oh, that was many years ago
I doubt if anyone would know….
Although this song is sang during “No Place Like
London”, originally is named “The Barber and His Wife” and is sang after “No Place Like London”. It was Tim Burton decision to cut, delete and
re-edit several songs to fit better in the movie. For example, just in the beginning of the movie, Tim surprised everyone
cutting the famous opening song “The Ballad of Sweeney Todd” which instead
of having the full cast (except Mrs. Lovett)
singing, was changed for an orchestral instrumental version and renamed as “Opening”. After that, the
following song “No Place like London” was changed again having several lines
deleted. Originally the song has the Beggar’s Woman singing what in Tim Burton’s
adaption became “Alms! Alms!”. Tim replaced her part for the next
song “The Barber and His Wife”, which used to be performed as a standalone
track after “No Place Like London”, but in Tim Burton’s adaption both songs became one
“ – There was a barber and his wife… And she was beautiful. A foolish barber and his wife, she was his reason and his life, and she was beautiful…” – Sweeney Todd.
11 years ago, today (December 21), “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of
Fleet Street”, was released in the
USA and Canada theaters. Directed by Tim Burton, who adapted from Stephen
Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Tony Award-winning 1979 musical of the same name, the
movie had premiered in December 3, in New York, and also had a special
screening on Christmas Day in the USA and in Japan. In the UK, the movie
premiered only in January 10, opening the worldwide release. Johnny and cast
attended four premieres: New York, London, Paris and Japan.
In this movie, Johnny plays the lead role as Sweeney Todd, an English barber
and serial killer who murders his customers with a straight razor and, with the
help of his accomplice, Mrs. Lovett, processes their corpses into meat pies.
Reinventing himself as Sweeney Todd, a man unjustly
sent to prison returns to exact revenge on those who ruined his life,
especially the evil Judge Turpin who sent the man to prison. Not only does he
seek revenge for the cruel punishment he suffered in prison, but also for what
happened to his wife and daughter. When he returns to his hometown, he reopens
his barber shop, where Mr. Todd becomes the Demon of Fleet Street. Mrs. Lovett
is Sweeney’s amorous accomplice who creates diabolical meat pies out of the
remains of Mr. Todd’s victims
* In this movie, the world met a new side of Johnny. Beyond being a amazing actor, now he surprises being an incredible singer.
* This was the
sixth collaboration between Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, after “Edward
Scissorhands” (1990), “Ed Wood” (1994), “Sleepy Hollow” (1999), “Charlie and
the Chocolate Factory” (2005), and “Corpse Bride” (2005). In all of them Johnny
was the first choice and plays leading characters.
* This is the
second musical in which Johnny Depp has starred, but this is the first where he
actually sings. During “Cry-Baby” (1990), Johnny only lip-synced over James
Intveld real singing.
* This was the third collaboration between Johnny and
Helena Bonham Carter after, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (2005), and “Corpse Bride” (2005)
personally requested the prop department to design a special razor for him, as
he had difficulty handling the real razors. In some of the scenes where Sweeney
opens his razor very quickly, it is a mechanical razor, with a hidden button (which
he hides with his finger) to open faster. In his opinion, lathering them
up and shaving them, freaked him out, during the filming.
* In an interview,
Johnny Depp said that he considers his Sweeney Todd a long lost relative to
Edward Scissorhands, since both deals with cutting blades in their hands.
* Almost finishing
the first month of production in London, Johnny had to take a ten-day leave of
absence when his 7 year old daughter, Lily-Rose, was rushed to the hospital due
to a severe illness (which was kept in secret from the media at that time). Johnny
revealed later that Lily-Rose almost died from E-coli infection. During
three weeks, she had her family, which didn’t leave the hospital, on her side, but meanwhile,
Johnny was also worried with his friend Tim Burton, because he didn’t want to stop the
filming, and even asked him to recast another actor if necessary, but it ended up wouldn’t
be need because they adjusted the schedule and were filming the parts where
Johnny didn’t have to film.
Thankfully, Lily-Rose recovered well and on the ninth day
she was discharged from hospital and head back with her family, to their hotel in London.
To show his gratitude for her recovery, Johnny
visited the hospital dressed as Captain Jack
Sparrow, spent four hours reading stories to the children, and donated £1
million to the hospital fundraising.
On this day (December 21) the movie was released in the USA and Canadian theaters and later received a special screening on Christmas Day!
And yes, I consider “Sweeney Todd” a bloody Christmas movie…
Throughout this week, we celebrate both releases of
Sweeney Todd’s Soundtrack and Movie, and to celebrate today’s TBT I edited an interview of Johnny with the behind the scenes of his recording session in London, replacing the original audio of “Epiphany” for
my acapella edit that I did specially to show a little bit of Johnny’s powerful voice. 🎶
Happy 29th anniversary!
What about to watch this movie to celebrate this special day?
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:
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.:
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…
Chose by Caroline Thompson, the writer of the movie.
7) William Hurt:
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.
What?’ – flew out of my mouth.
You are Edward Scissorhands.’
“I put the phone down and mumbled those words to myself. And then mumbled them
to anyone else I came in contact with. I couldn’t f*cking believe it. He was
willing to risk everything on me in the role.”
Johnny talking about the day Tim Burton called him to say he was going to play the role he was craving to be. On that day Edward Scissorhands and an amazing friendship began.