From Whitey to Wolf: Johnny Depp's Character Inspirations

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In 1999's Sleepy Hollow, Crane's character was changed from a schoolteacher to a bumbling detective, with his awkward demeanor meant to take precedence over his homeliness, an important part of the character's description in writing. "I thought of Ichabod Crane as a very nervous, ultrasensitive prepubescent girl. That's where Angela Lansbury came in," Depp told Playboy. "I thought of some of the work she's done over the years, especially in Death on the Nile. I also based Ichabod a bit on [British actor] Roddy McDowall, who was a very good friend."