From Whitey to Wolf: Johnny Depp's Character Inspirations

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The cross-dressing cult filmmaker was known for his enthusiastic attitude against all odds, an aspect of his personality Depp put on display in 1994 by channeling former president Ronald Reagan, radio DJ Casey Kasem and a certain metal man from a movie classic. "Jack Haley's performance as the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz is one of the strangest I've ever seen. Watch that film and think about a grown man giving that performance. It's really astounding," he told Playboy, also identifying Reagan's "innocence and naive, blind optimism," as major influences.