Johnny Depp based Willy Wonka on a ‘stoned George W Bush’

The actor reveals unlikely inspiration for 'Charlie And The Chocolate Factory'

Johnny Depp has revealed that he based his version of Willy Wonka on a stoned George W Bush.

The actor played Roald Dahl’s eccentric confectioner in Tim Burton‘s 2005 version of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. But in a new interview with The Ellen DeGeneres Show, he revealed that he took some unlikely inspiration in creating the character.

Depp said: “Certain ingredients you add to these characters – Willy Wonka, for example, I imagined what George Bush would be like… incredibly stoned, and thus was born my Willy Wonka.”


Elaborating on his process, Depp added: “[Edward] Scissorhands was a combination. It was the idea of a newborn seeing things for the first time and also a dog that I had, and the unconditional love and purity in my dog. Anywhere that you can find a moment of irreverence or absurdity, I’ll stick it right in there – sometimes to the dismay of the director.”

Depp re-teams with Burton once again for Dark Shadows, a remake of the cult US horror soap which is released in the UK this Friday (May 11). You can watch the trailer below.