As I've mentioned once before, Tim Burton and Johnny Depp have teamed up to bring Sweeney Todd to the big screen starting Friday. I can't wait, not the least because of the fact that Johnny Depp has grown into one of the most accomplished and versatile actors of his generation. And I have to laugh at that, due to some of the roles he’s played and scenes that stick in my mind.
Consider when we first really got a glimpse of Depp in A Nightmare on Elm Street nearly 25 years ago. I won’t for get that – and will always go back to my favorite scene, where his character, Glen Lantz, is trying to get to sleep while his two friends are taking the time for a more personal interlude. I loved his line – “Morality sucks.” I guess I sort of related, having had to put up with such scenarios with a college roommate and his insatiable girlfriend.
And then there is my favorite line in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. After Charlie asks Wonka if they can eat the grass, Wilie Wonka responds with one of my favorite movie lines: “Of course you can! Everything in this room is eatable, even *I'm* eatable! But that is called ‘cannibalism,’ my dear children, and is in fact frowned upon in most societies.” That line, of course, jibes with the somewhat offbeat sense of humor you see around this site, and so it will always be one that I remember.
Still, I think that the line from the earlier role is my favorite, though the latter film is much dearer in my heart due to the empathy I feel for the lonely and vulnerable boy grown (not quite) to be a lonely and vulnerable man who finally finds love and acceptance. But I think that the role of Sweeney Todd may surpass that one, due to the incredible material he has to work with – and he sings, too!