“ – Villainy wears many masks, none so dangerous
as the mask of virtue.” – Ichabod Crane.
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.
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
* 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!
“ – This is quite possibly one of the weirdest things that’s ever happened to me… but at the same time, it’s certainly an incredibly great honor having being awarded with a star on Hollywood Boulevard. It’s like Tim said ‘it allows people to walk all over you’…”
On this day, (November 16), 20 years ago, Johnny received a star on the “Hollywood Walk of Fame”. Congratulations Johnny!!!
“ I feel very blessed, I feel very lucky… Thank you all. Not sure if I can say anything else, I may pass out. Thanks, Thanks a lot.”
20 years ago, on this day (November 16) Johnny received a star on the “Hollywood Walk of Fame” as well was proclaimed by Johnny Grant (honorary mayor of Hollywood), the “Johnny Depp Day” in Hollywood. Johnny gave a short speech and attended the ceremony with his family and friends.
Johnny’s star can be found at 7018 Hollywood Blvd, in Hollywood, California, so if you find, don’t forget to take a picture and keep it clean too!
“Tim Burton loves a lip-sync session and we like to capture the magic.” Both Tim Burton and Johnny (also capturing the moment) through the lens of Gina Deuters, having some fun at the Tim Burton’s exhibition “Lost Vegas”.
Ps. The original photo is pretty dark and we can barely see Johnny, so I brightened up the photo a little bit so we could see him better. And there he is holding his smartphone.