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November 27, 2007

The London press day for Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd was held today. Set to open on Christmas, Sweeney Todd stars Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman and Sasha Baron Cohen.

IESB’s Andy Duke attended the roundtable interviews with Burton, Depp, Carter and Rickman and had a few interesting quotes to share. Complete transcripts are coming soon but here are the highlights!

Johnny Depp was asked about his shaving lessons he took along with Baron Cohen to help prepare for his character of the Demon Barber. “He [Cohen] still has scars on his back,” was his reply.

Tim Burton says about Depp, “he would do anything for me apart from ballet.” Depp quickly jumped in, “that’s not true – I would be happy to learn ballet.” Laughter filled the press room.

Although daunted at the prospect of making his on screen musical debut, Depp took the preparation process in stride. “I had no idea if I could sing or not and recorded some demos at a friend’s studio and sent them in to Tim Burton as my audition.”

And to say that Burton was easy to impress would be an understatement. Helena Bonham Carter said she had to audition for her part in the film. “I had to wait five weeks before he gave me feedback (regarding her singing audition).”

On being asked about this process with Helena, Burton’s comment got a big laugh, “that sounds really sleazy.”

Although reticent to discuss Harry Potter, Alan Rickman laughed about the recent rumor of a JK Rowling inspired musical; “who is shoving that around?” He further informed the IESB that there is an online porn version of the franchise making the rounds. (Harry Pooter is my vote for the title)

With a slasher musical like Sweeney Todd, it’s going to be interesting to see how the film fares in terms of Yule-tide competition at the box office.

Rickman commented, “it is the jolly Christmas option” for punters. He has two independent films due for release in January – “Bottle Shock” and “Nobel Son”.

Helena also has some big projects in store, she is due to have her second child with partner Tim Burton in two weeks time and said she’ll be “breast feeding in time for the filming of Harry Potter 6 in February 2008.”

When asked about the HP franchise she commented, “it’s made me very popular with kids although they all seem to be scared of me.”

Bonham Carter laughed about her ‘baby bump’, pointed to it and said, “we shag a lot.”

She also said about her on screen singing debut in Sweeney Todd – “it’s a tall order to learn to sing in three months.”

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is unleashed on Christmas Day!

  • Nov 27Sabrah says:  

    OK, I love Johnny’s comment about ballet, because I’m a ballerina-in-training, and any man who will have to courage to dance you have to admire. He would have to be so dedicated to his work to learn properly, and I would probably have a heart attack if he did a dance movie, though it would be fantastic. Singing is also top on the list of incredible things he has done, and done well.

  • Nov 28naiomi says:  

    I’m looking forward to reading the interview
    when was it?

    I cant wait to see pics of him at premire!

  • Dec 20Lisa Stevenson says:  

    Mr. Depp,
    I grew up in Venice California/Santa Monica. Because of that, I knew many people who were entertainers and attended many events along with them. I shortly modeled, moving on to stage, becoming too shy and then moved on to behind the camera where I felt more comfortable. I attended UCLA and finally I am a published childrens writer which seemed to come naturally and I actally enjoy it. Because of you, the writers team, producers, etc, I am so happy to finaly see someone bring back the type of Disney movies we all experienced as children when the “Wonderful World of Disney” was on every Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. with TinkleBell. I know live in San Diego FCounty,and now that my children are getting a little older, I have found time to continue my writing. I have a 12 year old boy with high functioning autism and a 9 year old girl with type 1 Diabetes. She is not over weight and no one knows how she developed this illness. I know that your daughter was ill and what ever it was, I bless you and her knowing the feelings that you and your family must have been going through during that time. Been there. I wish you well, I plan to continue to entertain children with my writing, and mayne you don’t agree, but I believe that you are blessed in bringing Jact around to make our children happy. My daughter loved tje sjpw Disneyland had last June with Jack, and my son who suffers from autism is now reading more because of the Jack Sparrow books that are now on the market. I don’t know how much you know about autism but having my son reading again is something that brings tears to his mothes eyes. Sorry if this sounds a little dramatic, but it’s thetruth. I’ve known many celebrities, my late fater worked in Santa Monica for years and also at a movie studie so I know that some celebrities don’t like to hear this stuff. Anyway,t hank you and I hope you and your family Happy Holidays. I doubt if this letter every finds you, but if it does, would you let me know? It would make the children so happy. Happy New Year! By the way, my sister and her husband attended a free, small concert in L.A. of the stones because he’s a Los Angeles firefighter who gurards the studios. I wasn’t jealous. I’m a major Morrison fam.

    Lisa Stevenson

  • Dec 21Anonymous says:  

    Mr. Depp,
    I didn’t really know who you were before i watched the frist pirates flim. I didn’t really! Now i am like the biggest fan ever!!! i love you so much!!!!!

  • Dec 22Anonymous says:  

    Mr. Depp,
    i just got back from watching one of your best movies ever was Sweeney Todd!!! you were amazing!!!!!!!!! i love you so much!!!

  • Dec 29Sarah saunders says:  


    You are an awesome actor.

    Sweeney todd is an amazing movie .

    the movie will be a big hit in the theathers.

    I just love watching your movies

  • Dec 31Gail says:  

    My 15 year-old daughter and I saw “Sweeney Todd” the day after it came out. Both of us really LOVED!! it. In fact, we went again on Christmas day with my husband who wasn’t as excited as us. I had seen the play in Philadelphia and liked it. My daughter just saw it on UTube. We both like that but think the movie is better considering the topic. I could go on and on but it would take up too much time. Oh, and, the singing was terrific!!

  • Jan 02Vicki Ferguson says:  

    Mr J C Depp,
    Unfortunatly i live in England and have not seen Sweeney Todd yet, but i know you will be spectacular, as always. I could watch you all day your the most talanted actor that has ever exsisted and as i myself have an intrest in acting i could want nothing more than to be half the actor you are when im older. I know you will never read this but i would just like to say i love you sooo much. (my apoligies if this seems slightly melodramatic). All the best in the world,
    Vicki Ferguson, aged 14
    p.s … Your wife is a lucky lucky woman haha. xxxx

  • Jan 03Abigel says:  

    He can do anything if he wonts! thats a good thing!I like his comments and I would like to read more quotes on this page! I can t wait to see Sweeney Todd,but i know that you will be wonderfull! You are my idol in acting! I Live and die for movies… you Johnny! whith admiration:Abigel….(apoligize for gramatical mistakes) -Romania-Transilvania……..I hope some day you will see this comments

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