in 1799, "Sleepy Hollow" is based on Washington Irving's classic
tale The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Faithful to the dreamy custom-bound
world that Irving paints in his story, the film mixes horror, fantasy and
romance and features an extraordinary cast of characters that dabble in the
supernatural. In essence, it is perfect material for director Tim Burton.
a big fan of all the Hammer horror films of the '50's and '60's and this
script had a lot of classic beautiful horror images," says Burton.
"What I liked about the script is that it's respectful of the original
story but takes it into new territory. It also has a great mix of drama and
humor. I had known the story of the Headless Horseman mainly from the Disney
cartoon. It's one of the few American horror stories. I don't know what the
power is exactly, but there's a certain reason why people always remember the
Headless Horseman. He's a great symbol."
Burton is the director of the top-grossing motion pictures "Batman"
and "Batman Returns," and one of the producers of "Batman
Forever." He also directed and produced the highly acclaimed "Edward
Scissorhands," and created and produced the stop-motion animation feature
"Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas." Burton's first
feature-length film was "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure," which he followed
with "Beetlejuice." He was a producer of "James and the Giant
Peach" and more recently directed the comedies "Ed Wood" and
"Sleepy Hollow," Johnny Depp stars as Ichabod Crane, an eccentric and
earnest constable with an avant-garde approach to solving crime. Ichabod's
contemporary investigative ways are put to the test when his superiors send him
to the small village of Sleepy Hollow to probe a string of murders, allegedly
committed by a headless horseman.
is someone who is basically behind the times and ahead of the times," says
Burton, "and it's the contradictory aspects of his character which are
always fun and interesting. One of the original images that I had in my mind is
a character who lives in his head versus a character with no head, which I
always thought was a wonderful symbol."
Hollow" marks Depp's third film with director Tim Burton. Depp's
compelling performance in the title role of Burton's "Edward Scissorhands"
established him as one of Hollywood's most sought-after talents and earned him
a Best Actor Golden Globe nomination. He was honored with a second Golden Globe
nomination for his performance in "Benny & Joon," an off-beat love
story in which he starred with Aidan Quinn and Mary Stuart Masterson. Depp was
reunited with Burton for the heralded "Ed Wood," the story of one of
America's most eccentric B-movie directors. His performance in this film
garnered Depp his third Best Actor Golden Globe nomination.
love Johnny because he's willing to try anything. I appreciate actors who like
to transform and are not afraid to get messy, dirty and dragged through the
mud," says Burton.
starred in Mike Newell's critical and commercial hit "Donnie Brasco,"
alongside Al Pacino, and in "Don Juan DeMarco," opposite Marlon Brando.
His other films include Jim Jarmusch's "Dead Man," Lasse
Hallstrom's "What's Eating Gilbert Grape," Emir Kusturica's
"Arizona Dream," and Paramount's thriller "Nick of Time"
with Christopher Walken. More recently, Depp directed, co-wrote and starred in
"The Brave," featuring Marlon Brando, and starred in Terry Gilliam's
"Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas."
initial attraction was the opportunity to work with Tim again. He is a great
visionary," relates Depp. "The added plus was that I loved the story
and have always loved this cult idea of the Headless Horseman. It's a great
classic story, but with Tim's twist on it, I knew it would be special.
exciting for me playing this character," Depp continues, "is th
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