Johnny Depp has revealed that his main inspiration to play ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factor’ character Willy Wonka was by thinking of an “incredibly stoned” George W. Bush.
The 48-year-old actor actor considered how the former US President might act if he was high when he was thinking about the best way to portray the fictional character in the 2005 Tim Burton movie, as he loves injecting some “irreverence or absurdity” into his alter-egos.
“Certain ingredients you add to these characters - Willy Wonka, for example, I imagined what George Bush would be like...incredible stoned, and thus was born my version of Willy Wonka,” Contactmusic quoted him as saying on The Ellen DeGeneres Show."Scissorhands was a combination, it was the idea of a newborn seeing things for the first time and also a dog that I had and the unconditional love and purity in my dog.
"Anywhere that you can find a moment of irreverence or absurdity, I’ll stick it right in there -- sometimes to the dismay of the director," he added.
Despite his fondness for absurdity, Depp insists he would “rather swallow a bag of hair” than dance on camera.“I fear it more than anything in the world. I’d rather swallow a bag of hair,” he said.