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BLOOD BROTHERS JOHNNY DEPP AND TIM BURTON IN THE SAME VEIN ONCE AGAIN WITH 'SWEENEY TODD'.



Byline: GLENN WHIPP WHIPP WhiteWater Head Impact Protection Project  

>FILM WRITER

Tim Burton and Johnny Depp John Christopher Depp II[1] (born June 9 1963) is an American actor. Biography
Early life
Depp was born in Owensboro, Kentucky, to John Christopher Depp Sr., a city engineer, and Betty Sue (Wells), a waitress.
 have worked together so often, studios now assume that any new Burton movie will feature Depp.

So it was with "Sweeney Todd Noun 1. Sweeney Todd - fictional character in a play by George Pitt; a barber who murdered his customers
Todd
: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," Burton's adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's gruesome musical. The thing is, no one knew -- or seemed to care -- whether Depp could actually sing Sondheim (no easy task), and Depp kept everyone in the dark while making demos in a West Hollywood West Hollywood

A community of southern California northeast of Beverly Hills. It is mainly residential. Population: 36,600.
 recording studio.

"It speaks well to Johnny's reputation that everyone went along with it," Burton says. "Sondheim, too. Because he had a say in who that character was." That character, 19th- century Londoner Sweeney Todd, is a throat-slicing barber set on avenging the loss of his family. The first song Depp honed was "My Friends," Todd's loving tribute to his beloved comrades, the silver razors that will soon "know splendors" and "drip precious rubies."

"It's a beautiful love song," Depp says, "about a different kind of love."

Here Depp and Burton sing each other's praises while talking about their sixth collaboration:

There's a bar chart that ranks the blood in "Sweeney Todd" somewhere between "Mortal Kombat Mortal Kombat (commonly abbreviated as MK) is a popular series of fighting games created originally by the Midway Manufacturing Company. Mortal Kombat " and the Civil War.

Depp: That's quite a spread.

Burton: I wasn't around for the Civil War.

Depp: I was. I was looking for Looking for

In the context of general equities, this describing a buy interest in which a dealer is asked to offer stock, often involving a capital commitment. Antithesis of in touch with.
 you.

Burton: People say we've been working together for 10 decades. That would put us around the Civil War. But, you know, the blood is part of the story. When I saw the stage show, it was flying across the stage.

Depp: But back to the bar chart. I thought it was going to chart the bars we frequent.

Burton: That's a chart I'd be interested in.

Depp: We'd have to start with the bar at this hotel. A fine establishment --

Tim, you were upfront with the studio about the gore ...

Burton: That was the first thing I said to them: "There will be blood." I've seen other shows where they try to skimp skimp  
v. skimped, skimp·ing, skimps

v.tr.
1. To deal with hastily, carelessly, or with poor material: concentrated on reelection, skimping other matters.

2.
 on it, and it really loses something. If you're gonna skimp on that, why make a movie about a serial killer serial killer Forensic psychiatry A person who commits serial murders Prototypic SK White ♂ age 30; 97% are ♂; 80% are sociopaths. See Dahmer, Depraved heart murder, Ice Man. Cf Megan's law, Son of Sam law.  making people into meat pies?

Depp: Meat pie sales are going to plummet.

Burton: Nobody in America eats them anyway.

Depp: Let's not Let's Not is a science fiction short story by Isaac Asimov. It was first published in Boston University Graduate Journal in December 1954. It was written for no payment as a favour to the journal, and later appeared in the collection Buy Jupiter.  discount the chicken pot pie A pot pie is a type of baked savory pie with a bottom and top completely surrounded in flakey crusts and baked in its own pie tin. This is in contrast to the Australian meat pie and many British regional variants on pie recipes, which may have a top of flakey pastry, but whose  --

And the blood was on you, Johnny. I hear everyone wore trash bags when you filmed the gusher scenes.

Depp: Trash bags and these white lab suits, like "CSI CSI Crime Scene Investigator
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Burton: I did once, but, for the most part, no.

Depp: Only when you were squirting.

Squirting?

Burton: I like to get my hand in there. I did it on "Sleepy Hollow Sleepy Hollow

out-of-the-way, old-world village on Hudson. [Am. Lit.: “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” in Benét, 575]

See : Isolation
." There's a tradition. I have pretty good aim.

Depp: You have incredible aim. In "Sleepy Hollow," there's a shot where you got the blood in between my glasses and straight into my eye. It was amazing.

Burton: It's like painting. It's fun.

Producer Richard Zanuck was apparently a little nervous about hearing your singing, Johnny. Burton: I didn't know what to expect. And when I finally heard him, I was amazed. It's a hard musical to do, and he just made it his own.

It sounded like him. A lot of times, things get overproduced and you don't hear the person in the voice. But you heard him. And it had an emotional quality that I had never really heard in the material.

Because you were in a band, most people assume you're a singer.

Depp: I did not sing. I did everything I could to avoid singing. I would step up to a mike to sing the harmony and then quickly retreat into the darkness. Singing was always the guy up front getting all the attention. And I didn't want that.

You've said that the song you sent Tim, "My Friends," was the first you've ever sung start to finish. That's a little hard to believe.

Depp: It's true. I don't sing along to music.

"Brown Sugar" comes on ...

Depp: I might sing a little harmony. I might air guitar. Drumming. I like to drum.

Burton: What's amazing is that a studio went along with this. Nobody knew if he could sing.

Depp: It's astonishing a·ston·ish  
tr.v. as·ton·ished, as·ton·ish·ing, as·ton·ish·es
To fill with sudden wonder or amazement. See Synonyms at surprise.
. I don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)

"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party.
 what they were thinking. What were you thinking?

Burton: I was thinking it was funny. I can't tell you how many years I had to fight to get Johnny in my movies. Nowadays, I can't even open my mouth without the studio asking if Johnny's going to be in the movie. It was a long time coming. It's great.

How hard was it to act to your prerecorded pre·re·cord  
tr.v. pre·re·cord·ed, pre·re·cord·ing, pre·re·cords
To record (a television program, for example) at an earlier time for later presentation or use.

Adj. 1.
 vocals?

Depp: Hard. My fear was once you recorded these pieces in your character, then you were locked into that, and so essentially 50 percent of your performance would be done before stepping on the stage. There's something very scary about that -- but at the same time stimulating, too.

Burton: You've got to get in there and match what you did.

Depp: And the first thing you discover is that there is no such thing as lip-

synching. You've got to belt it out to the music. And what I thought was going to feel limiting was actually very liberating because the music gives you everything -- the emotion, the movement. There was a kind of liquid quality to the set. It was like a silent film.

Burton: Like Johnny said, there was no way to lip-synch. You see the vocal cords vocal cords: see larynx.
Vocal cords

The pair of elastic, fibered bands inside the human larynx. The cords are covered with a mucous membrane and pass horizontally backward from the thyroid cartilage (Adam's apple) to insert on
. So they did have to belt it out on each take --

Depp: Which is even more embarrassing because just listening to yourself is really mortifying mor·ti·fy  
v. mor·ti·fied, mor·ti·fy·ing, mor·ti·fies

v.tr.
1. To cause to experience shame, humiliation, or wounded pride; humiliate.

2.
. You have to condition yourself to that.

Burton: That was probably the hardest thing, in a weird way, wasn't it?

Depp: It's the same crew Tim's worked with for years. You know these guys. They're family. And those guys are right there, and you're (Depp breaks into a melodramatic warble) -- you feel like a complete knob.

But now you've done it. So when does the Johnny Depp album come out?

Burton: He's got a big recording contract in Germany. He's going head to head with David Hasselhoff David Michael Hasselhoff (born July 17, 1952 in Baltimore, Maryland), nicknamed "The Hoff", is an American actor who was best known for his lead roles on Knight Rider and Baywatch. .

Depp: There's a new sheriff in town, David.

Burton: Singing is quite exposing in a way.

Depp: When we first started talking about doing the movie, and I didn't know if I'd be able to sing a note, I remember there were two fears. One was letting Tim down, but mostly it was being afraid of cackling cack·le  
v. cack·led, cack·ling, cack·les

v.intr.
1. To make the shrill cry characteristic of a hen after laying an egg.

2. To laugh or talk in a shrill manner.

v.tr.
. Just being giddy -- like infants.

Burton: Because it's so ridiculous.

Depp: It's ludicrous. There are moments over the years -- you can pick them out in each film I've been lucky enough to do with Tim -- where I don't know what it is, but everything is lined up, and when the moment comes, it's insane and absurd, and you lose it. You cackle for hours.

Burton: I had to leave the set once. Johnny had been playing Sweeney Todd for the whole movie, and then one day he had to be a normal guy in a flashback flash·back
n.
1. An unexpected recurrence of the effects of a hallucinogenic drug long after its original use.

2. A recurring, intensely vivid mental image of a past traumatic experience.
. I just completely lost it.

Depp: He had to leave the set. Work stopped.

Burton: They had to shoot a couple of takes without me because I couldn't stop laughing.

Depp: People ask, "Say something funny that happened on set." These are the funny things. They're not funny to anyone else, just to us.

Burton: Which kind of works well for this movie. The characters in "Sweeney Todd" are in their own world. They're all nuts in a certain way, but in their world, nuts is normal.

Depp: They might as well be in show business.

Glenn Whipp, (818) 713-3672

glenn.whipp@dailynews.com

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Tim Burton's "Sweeney Todd" is the latest in a long line of treatments of the fictional serial killer who first came to prominence in a typically lurid British "penny dreadful Noun 1. penny dreadful - a melodramatic paperback novel
dime novel

novel - an extended fictional work in prose; usually in the form of a story
" in the mid-1840s called "The String of Pearls: A Romance."

Though some have argued that the murderer was based on an actual person, its source was more likely inspired by an urban legend of the time. It wasn't long after Sweeney's appearance in the penny novel that the story was adapted for the stage.

Among the filmed adaptations:

"Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," a 1936 British film starring the appropriately named Tod Slaughter.

"Sweeney Todd," a 1973 play by Christopher Bond that transformed the title character from a butcher into a wronged man haunted by loss and obsessed ob·sess  
v. ob·sessed, ob·sess·ing, ob·sess·es

v.tr.
To preoccupy the mind of excessively.

v.intr.
 with revenge.

Stephen Sondheim based his 1979 Broadway musical on Bond's play.

It won a Tony for best musical and ran for 577 performances, overcoming an opening night in which, it was reported, half the audience left at intermission because of the gore and grisly subject matter.

There have been two BBC-TV treatments: 1998's "The Tale of Sweeney Todd" starring Ben Kingsley and a 2006 version with Ray Winstone ("Beowulf") in the lead role.

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