MTV News caught up with Tim Burton and Johnny Depp. The director/actor duo were asked what the worst idea either of them brought to the other was. Here's the video of their recollection:
"Maybe just any time I've called him," Burton grinned, looking over at his frequent leading man.
"I remember one morning on 'Sleepy Hollow,' " Depp began, referring to the 1999 hit that had him playing Ichabod Crane. "I came in to block a scene, getting a cup of coffee — you're only half awake. Tim was there, giggling a little bit.
"I said, 'OK, what's the scene?' " Depp continued. "And he said, 'Well, this is where we're going to strap you to this large metal thing — which is attached to these giant horses — and then we'll drag you across two soundstages for the entire day."
Added his director with a smile, "That was on Christmas Eve, I believe."
"Yeah, it was on Christmas Eve!" Depp agreed. "And the horses ... well, I suspect they might have gone for curry not long before I was strapped in."
"Both of them," Burton said with no hint of apology. "He was dragged around for a couple hours by these flatulating horses."
They also considered a hypothetical future television adaptation:
"We did discuss doing 'H.R. Pufnstuf,' " Burton teased. "With him playing Freddy the Magic Flute."
"Jimmy! Jimmy!" Depp screeched in a tiny, high-pitched squeak.
"Look, he's got the voice down!" Burton beamed with approval. "Perfect!"