<p">The London press day for Tim Burton�s Sweeney
Todd was held today. Set to open on Christmas, Sweeney Todd stars Johnny Depp,
Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman and Sasha Baron Cohen.
IESB�s Andy Duke attended the roundtable
interviews with Burton, Depp, Carter and Rickman and had a few interesting quotes
to share. Complete transcripts are coming soon but here are the highlights!
Johnny Depp was asked about his shaving
lessons he took along with Baron Cohen to help prepare for his character of the
Demon Barber. �He [Cohen] still has scars on his back,� was his reply.
Tim Burton says about Depp, �he would do
anything for me apart from ballet.� Depp quickly jumped in, �that's not true -
I would be happy to learn ballet.� Laughter filled the press room.
Although daunted at the prospect of making
his on screen musical debut, Depp took the preparation process in stride. �I
had no idea if I could sing or not and recorded some demos at a friend's studio
and sent them in to Tim Burton as my audition.�
And to say that Burton
was not easy to impress would be an understatement. Helena Bonham-Carter said
she had to audition for her part in the film. �I had to wait five weeks before
he gave me feedback (regarding her singing audition).�
On being asked about this process with
Helena, Burton�s comment got a big laugh, �that sounds really sleazy.�
Although reticent to discuss Harry Potter,
Alan Rickman laughed about the recent rumor of a JK Rowling inspired musical; �who
is shoving that around?� He further informed the IESB that there is an online
porn version of the franchise making the rounds. (Harry
Pooter is my vote for the title)
With a slasher musical like Sweeney Todd, it�s
going to be interesting to see how the film fares in terms of Yule-tide
competition at the box office.
Rickman commented, �it is the jolly Christmas
option� for punters. He has two independent films due for release in January � �Bottle
Shock� and �Nobel Son�.
Helena also has some big projects in store,
she is due to have her second child with partner Tim Burton in two weeks time
and said she'll be �breast feeding in time for the filming of Harry Potter 6 in
When asked about the HP franchise she
commented, �it's made me very popular with kids although they all seem to be
scared of me.�
Bonham Carter laughed about her 'baby bump',
pointed to it and said, �we shag a lot.�
She also said about her on screen singing
debut in Sweeney Todd � �it's a tall order to learn to sing in three months.�
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet
Street is unleashed on Christmas Day!