At the time of his tragic death, Brokeback Mountain star Heath Ledger was just six weeks from completing his latest film role in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. The film’s director, Terry Gilliam, reportedly hopes that his friend, Johnny Depp, will step in to film the remaining scenes. According to reports, “There is a point in the film when Heath falls through a magic mirror. He could change into another character after that and that is where Johnny would come in. It’s a weird, fantasy, time-travel movie so Heath’s character could easily change appearance. It would be a poignant moment…Johnny’s not working at the moment so everyone is praying he will do it.”
Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Tim Burton, Alan Rickman, musician Mark Ronson and Timothy Spall were among the celebrities on the red carpet at the European premiere of Sweeney Todd. Bonham Carter, Rickman and Spall have also starred in the Harry Potter film series.
Sweeney Todd is based on the hit Broadway musical which tells the infamous story of Benjamin Barker, a.k.a Sweeney Todd (Depp), who sets up a barber shop down in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett (Bonham Carter).
Johnny Depp arrived in Venice for the 64th Annual Venice Film Festival yesterday to present his friend director Tim Burton with the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement. The pair are currently working on their new film Sweeny Todd. Depp plays the demon barber of Fleet Street in the film which is reported to be an R-rated version of the musical.
Director Tim Burton was honored at the Venice Film Festival with the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement yesterday. Johnny Depp, who has starred a number of Burton’s films including Edward Scissorhands and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, presented the award. “This is very special to me. It’s the best honor I’ve ever received and it just inspires me to keep going,” Burton said. He also joked that the award was better than an Oscar statuette: “It’s actually a lot more beautiful-looking than a bald, naked man.”
Burton attended with fiancee Helena Bonham Carter who recently appeared in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and is pregnant with the couple’s second child. He is currently filming his new film, Sweeney Todd, in which Depp plays the demon barber of Fleet Street.
Johnny Depp’s daughter is seriously ill and has been in hospital for the last 9 days with her concerned dad and her mother Vanessa Paradis at her bedside.
Lily-Rose, 7, is at an undisclosed hospital in the UK and Depp stopped the filmilng of Sweeney Todd in London and Buckinghamshire when his daughter was rushed to hospital to be with her.
A hospital source says, “It is such a difficult time for him but he is hanging in there for the sake of his daughter and the whole family is just praying that she gets better. They are taking each day as it comes.
“It’s been an emotional rollercoaster for all of them and he’s been worrying himself silly. He’s a devoted dad and is spending as much time as he can with Lily.”
The Pirates star and his partner, French actress Paradis, also have a four-year-old son Jack.