Mutual Admiration Society: Johnny Depp and Freddie Highmore interviewed on THE TODAY SHOW

Johnny Depp and Freddie Highmore traded personal and professional compliments in an interview with THE TODAY SHOW’s Al Roker which aired Tuesday, July 19th. The interview was shot nearly a month ago during the press junket for CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY in the Bahamas. Asked if it was “nice” to be working together again, Johnny replied, “Yeah, one of those things I think they call divine intervention, you know? [I feel] Very, very lucky to–to be back in the ring with Freddie.” Freddie added, “It’s fantastic, you know, to be able to work twice with a–with a great person.”

Asked the inevitable question about how it felt to follow Gene Wilder in the role of Willy Wonka, Johnny said, “I always loved Gene Wilder’s performance [. . .], so for an actor, it was a great challenge, you know, to sort of stand there and look at this beautiful piece of work by–by someone who is, in a lot of ways, a hero, and then decide, ‘OK, those are very large shoes to step into; I think I’ll just make a different pair of shoes. I’ll make my own.'”

The Zone thanks Reemi for posting a link to the TODAY SHOW video clip on the News & Views forum, and emma for posting a transcript of the interview. The photo, taken at the London premiere for CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, comes from bonnie–thanks!