Johnny Depp: My Willy Wonka was inspired by George Bush

By Robert Kirchgassner ,
American actor Johnny Depp attends the European premiere of "Dark Shadows" at Empire Leicester Square in London on May 9, 2012. UPI/Paul Treadway...

Johnny Depp’s inspiration for his performance as Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was none other than former U.S. President George Bush.

"Certain ingredients you can add to these characters -- Willy Wonka, for example, I imagined what George Bush would be like incredibly stoned," the actor told Ellen DeGeneres on her show Monday. "And thus was born my version of Willy Wonka."

Depp did not specify if he was referring to George H.W. Bush, the 41st President, or his son, George W. Bush, the 43rd President.

DeGeneres and the audience laughed at the mention of the two characters together. She also praised him for the humor he gives the characters he plays.

"[Edward] Scissorhands was really like a combination -- really like, a newborn seeing things for the first time and also the dog that I had," Depp, 48, continued. "This dog that I had had this unconditional love and this sort of purity. Those were the basic ingredients."

Depp’s latest film is Dark Shadows, based on the beloved vampire soap opera. It reunited him with his Charlie director Tim Burton and is due in theaters Friday.

“Anywhere that you can find a moment of irreverence or absurdity, I can stick it right in there," Depp said. "Sometimes to the dismay of the director and certainly the studio."

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