Johnny Depp Sets the Bar High as The Mad Hatter
Johnny Depp is one of the most successful actors in the film industry. His works have grossed well over $3 billion just in the United States, and almost $8 billion worldwide. Depp was renowned for his eccentric takes on characters that otherwise might be played stereotypically, such as Captain Jack Sparrow in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series.
|Johnny Depp and Tim Burton going over a scene|
When Tim Burton was casting his 2010 live-action version of "Alice in Wonderland," Depp's character was called Tarrant Hightopp, otherwise known as The Mad Hatter, and is very brave and loyal, not just wacky as portrayed in other versions.
|Notice how his colors blend in to his surroundings|
Tim Buron explained that Johnny Depp:
"tried to find a grounding to the character, something that you feel, as opposed to just being mad. In a lot of versions, it's a very one-note kind of character and you know his goal was to try and bring out a human side to the strangeness of the character."
|Tim Burton directing Johnny Depp|
The most vivid image from Tim Burton's take on the Mad Hatter was Depp's hair, which is bright orange. While part of the reason for that undoubtedly was to give the character a whimsical edge, it actually referenced a very real condition for hatters in the 19th century. Mercury was a common chemical used to cure pelts, and hatters who used it often suffered mercury poisoning. As Depp explains:
|Johnny Depp's make-up was intense|
"I think he was poisoned, very, very poisoned, and it was coming out through his hair, through his fingernails and eyes."
|The Mad Hatter becomes a heroic figure in Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland"|
The Mad Hatter is like "A mood ring, his emotions are very close to the surface."The film wound up being a smash hit around the world, grossing over $1 billion. Starring the unknown Mia Wasikowska as Alice, this version of "Alice in Wonderland" relied upon the Mad Hatter for marketing purposes, and the decision paid off in spades. For headlining the most successful version of "Alice in Wonderland," Johnny Depp raised the profile of the Mad Hatter to heights never before seen, and his portrayal, at least for now, is the standard by which the role is measured.
Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland (2010)Director Tim Burton may be most famous for his stop-motion animation films such as "The Nightmare Before Christmas" and "The Corpse Bride," but Tim Burton's "Batman" and "Edward Scissorhands" show that Tim Burton is a master of live action, too. With his Walt Disney Pictures "Alice in Wonderland" (2010), Tim Burton managed to take a "it's been done" classic fairy tale by Lewis Carroll and turn it into a Disney movie smash box-office hit. Tim Burton did it by contrasting vibrant color schemes with devastation, pairing top Hollywood stars such as Johnny Depp with a complete unknown female lead, and altering human characters with unique Disney movie animation methods to create startling and almost transcendent imagery.
|It's interesting how this "Alice in Wonderland" is marketed overseas - at least they actually show Alice|
|Alice in Wonderland, a strange new place|
|The Red Queen of Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland," looking very Cindy Lauper-ish|
|So much to do, and so little time!|
|I bet nobody called the Red Queen "big head" to her (enormous) face|
|Anne Hathaway doing a Jack Sparrow imitation in "Alice in Wonderland"|
|What time is it? It's time for you to make a ton of money, "Alice in Wonderland"!|
|Welcome to Wonderland, Alice. Would you like some tea?|
|Very nice - but the disappearing animated Chesire Cat was cooler|
|Ready for battle at the climax of "Alice in Wonderland"|
|"I'm grimacing because, well, I'm constipated and this suit is Hell to get off!"|
|Absolem the Caterpillar, voiced by Alan Rickman. It just looks too much like a ... Oh, never mind.|
|Behind the scenes of "Alice in Wonderland," which looks similar to ABC shooting "Once Upon a Time."|
|The real star of the show, Anne Hathaway, who should have been Alice in Wonderland|
|Tim Burton directing "Alice in Wonderland"|
Below is the original 2010 trailer for Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland," and, for the sake of comparison, the trailer for the 1951 "Alice in Wonderland."