From Whitey to Wolf: Johnny Depp's Character Inspirations

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Explaining his process for bringing characters to life, Depp told Entertainment Weekly, "When reading a script, I get these visions of things that I feel would be good ingredients for the role." To portray the well-meaning protagonist of the 1990 film, he drew upon the temperaments of some non-famous simple creatures. "Scissorhands was a combination. The idea of a newborn seeing things for the first time," Depp explained on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "And also, a dog that I'd had. This dog … with unconditional love, this sort of purity in my dog."