Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Future Of Film
The 100 Greatest Video Games
Robin Williams: The Big Interview
Kevin Feige:
My Movie Life

The Marvel supremo's pick of the flicks
Want To Be An Empire Journalist?
Find out how here
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
New Imitation Game Trailer Lands Online
Benedict Cumberbatch's Enigma variations
Warner Bros. Planning I Am Legend Reboot
For a new, Will Smith-free franchise
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
25 September 2014
Asa Butterfield Up For Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
He's being eyed for Tim Burton's latest
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
For No Good Reason (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Transcendence (2014)
Empire Star Rating
The Lone Ranger (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Les Miserables (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Great Expectations (2012)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Depp Impact
Sweeney Todd premiere report and pics

11 January 2008  |  Written by Glen Ferris  

submit to reddit

As Cap’n Jack Sparrow, he sailed the world and beheld it’s wonders but, as Johnny Depp discovered on a rain-sodden night, there is indeed no place like London.

In the capital for the European premiere of Tim Burton’s first stab at a musical, the Deppster and co-stars negotiated baying crowds, a torrential downpour and countless questions about their singing prowess to dry off in the warm, welcoming embrace of Leicester Square’s Odeon.

The notoriously media-shy Depp, who professes to “love London” despite singing that the city’s “morals aren't worth what a pin can spit”, didn’t stick around to chat for long. However, the one-time rock-star wannabe did confess his fears about warbling on screen.

“It took me a while to get used to it but, because I had to do so much of it, I had to get used to it,” Depp said about his singing role. “I’ve never done it before and I’ll never do it again!”

Based on the Stephen Sondheim musical, Burton’s bloody good film finds one-time barber and happy family man Sweeney Todd returning to London after being imprisoned on the other side of the world by Alan Rickman’s evil judge. Returning to his old haunt in Fleet Street with revenge on his mind, he sets about slitting the throats of all those who have wronged him, while his new landlady, Mrs Lovett (Helena Bonham Carter) disposes of the evidence in some choice meat pies.

“My baking is pretty good actually,” said Bonham Carter. “My pies aren’t bad, they aren’t that hard. One you perfect the outside bit you can put anything inside and it’ll taste alright. I don’t do meat pies though.”


A regular collaborator with Depp and her real-life partner Burton, Helena has a unique way of getting her opinions heard on set.

“Usually Tim ganged up against me but Johnny would take my side,” she said. “Whenever I had an idea, I would tell Johnny because if I told Tim he wouldn’t have been interested. But if I told Johnny, then suddenly Tim was all over the idea. Then Johnny would say it was my idea and I’d get the credit.”

As for singing on the screen, was that an experience she’d like to repeat?

“I’d do another one in a minute if I was offered it. I had the most brilliant teacher, who taught me everything. I did everything I could in the three months building up to the shoot but I should have started years ago, that’s what I realised.”

Alan Rickman, who seems oblivious to the fact that he’s best known for being bad (“I really haven’t played that many villains”), also gets the chance to sing – albeit with a cut-throat razor held to his neck. Not that he was worried though.

“Guess what, the razor was blunt because we are actors in a movie,” said Rickman with a caustic air. “Johnny had a big responsibility because he had to make it look dangerous. I was worried about not being able to sing because my mouth was covered in shaving foam.”

Sweeney Todd is released on January 25.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

World Exclusive: The New Wall-E Trailer
This kicks shiny metal butt!
Witherspoon, Rogen In Monsters vs Aliens
Voice cast and first pic of 3D animation

Your Comments

Wow, doesn't Helena Bohnam Carter scrub up well! Looking forward to seeing Sweeney Todd. It looks interesting and can't wait to hear the cast sing!!! More

Posted by Laura T at 13:59 on 17 January 2008 | Report This Post

RE: I can't believe...
Hmm, I'd have to beg to differ regarding Alan Rickman... I worked in a hotel at which he was staying once and he was an absolute delight.  Polite, charming and funny. Very dry sense of humour. More

Posted by red star at 23:07 on 11 January 2008 | Report This Post

RE: I can't believe...
Rickman, seems co usually come across as a bit prickly and arrogant in life. A few years ago in Hampshire, my auntie was in a tavern when she sain he sauntered in, slammed himself down at a table, snapped his fingers and yelled " bottleared!". Anyway, he has every right to, he's IS Hans Gruber after all.p; Who's gonna argue with him? YOU?!...... I dare ya!! More

Posted by Workshed at 12:43 on 11 January 2008 | Report This Post

I can't believe...
..you actually wrote 'Depp Impact'. Wow. More

Posted by Hardhat at 10:51 on 11 January 2008 | Report This Post

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The Hateful Eight - The Story So Far
We delve into the short but tangled history of Quentin Tarantino’s latest

Gallery: Unseen Star Wars Poster Concept Artwork
JW Rinzler takes us through a history of the franchise in jaw-dropping art

The Future Of Film: Lasers Will Save 3D (If Your Cinema Is Big Enough)
Big will be beautiful in the brave new world of frickin' laser beam projection

The Bond Girls Who Made It Big
The actresses who overcame the curse of 007 to forge successful careers

The Future Of Film: A Woman Will Direct Star Wars
No longer a men’s club, Hollywood is going to start opening its doors...

The Empire Podcast #130: Interviews With Rosamund Pike, Lee Child And Antoine Fuqua
The Gone Girl star, Jack Reacher author and The Equalizer director pop in for a chat

The 50 Greatest Voice Performances In Movies
Who has the most talented tonsils in town?

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 6 Issues Of Empire For Only £15!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)