At little junkies, we want to set you up with the best of the best so you’ll never be lonely. This week we’re giving you a double dose, too! So, stop (!) in the name of love, and check out:
Names: Johnny Depp and Tim Burton
Occupation: Visionary actor/writer/director/musician/singer & Visionary director/producer/writer/actor, respectively
Likes: Elaborate costuming, pale skin, fantasy, whimsy, exaggerated everything, being beloved outcasts
Dislikes: Being separated, the real world, lack of quirk, normal hair, lack of stripes/spirals
Creative geniuses and BFFs?! This week you get two *muffins for the price of one! Johnny and Tim, the original bromance. I have been reaping the benefits of their cuckoo-nutty collaborations for years. I think both gents are superb in their own right, but they are often at their best when combined–like the Wonder Twins! Activate!
To date, they have worked together on seven films: Edward Scissorhands (1990), Ed Wood (1994), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Corpse Bride (2005), and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), and the upcoming Alice in Wonderland (2010) (check out yesterday’s post for more on Alice). Also word on the e-street is Burton’s film adaptation of 60s monster drama Dark Shadows may just include Johnny as a vampire! Eeeeee!
Tim’s vision has kept stop motion animation in the forefront and he was way ahead of the curve by bringing the superhero genre back with the brilliant Batman and Batman Returns! Btw, the nonBurton-helmed Batman Forever and Batman & Robin will forever stand as evidence that only Tim Burton can do campy quirk right. He always pays homage to his inspirations, and gives a lot of credit to seasoned actors rather than relying on hot young things. AND (with the exception of Mars Attacks!, Planet of the Apes, and Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure) every feature film he directed has been nominated for some kind of Oscar.
Meanwhile, Johnny has brought the world some of the finest characters ever set to celluloid (oh, and lest we forget that he is super hot!). He brought back pirates, people! He sings! And he gave his fee for The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus to Heath Ledger’s daughter, Matilda (Jude Law and Colin Farrell were inspired to do the same). Muffin alert! Rumor mills everywhere are a-buzz with the news that Johnny has expressed interest in playing the Riddler in the next Batman film. To which I say: Weeeeee! Plus he’s scared of clowns (just like me), and that is a telltale sign of having your head on straight. Clowns are evil!
Now what’s not to love about that?! Why Oscar has failed to reward either of these two for their brilliance is beyond me.