Johnny Depp on cover of THE BIG ISSUE magazine

Tim Burton’s film of SWEENEY TODD is “an intensely atmospheric and stomach-churningly gruesome horror movie that recreates Victorian London in black, white and plenty of scarlet,” writes Miles Fielder in THE BIG ISSUE, which features Johnny Depp on its current cover. “But beyond that,” Fielder says, “SWEENEY TODD is also a tragic romance and a passionate tale of revenge.” Johnny Depp agrees with the latter statement: “It’s the story of a man who becomes obsessed with avenging the horror of what happened to him,” Johnny explains. “The idea of revenge is something most people don’t want to admit to. But I think we all have it, secretly somewhere in there. I’m a big fan of revenge,” Johnny adds with playful humor. “But I can’t give you an example, because I don’t want to implicate myself.”

As for singing the notoriously difficult Sondheim role, Johnny tells Fielder that he has never sung on screen before because “Tim’s the only person brave enough to let me try to sing. I’d never even sung in the shower; I was too mortified. But once I got over the initial fear it was kind of enjoyable. Sondheim’s melodies and lyrics are a real pleasure. It’s really beautiful stuff. So I enjoyed it.” Don’t look for Johnny Depp to devote himself exclusively to musicals, though. “Would I ever do it again?” Johnny responded to that question with a laugh, Fielder notes, before he said, “No.”

The Zone thanks Gilbert’s Girl for breaking the news, and Emma for the cover photo and the transcript of the article. You can read it in full on the Zone’s News & Views forum. –Part-Time Poet