Johnny Depp was on the daytime talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show to promote Dark Shadows. Host DeGeneres asked Depp about what sort of inspirations he used to create some of his memorable characters. Depp said, “Certain ingredients you add to these characters — Willy Wonka, for example, I imagined what George Bush would be like…incredibly stoned,” he said, as the crowd began laughing at the mere mention of Bush, and even harder at the idea of the former president being stoned. ”Anywhere that you can find a moment of irreverence or absurdity, I’ll stick it right in there — sometimes to the dismay of the director.”
He also said that his performance as Edward Scissorhands was inspired by a combination of a newborn seeing the world for the first time and a beloved dog.