Johnny Depp Was Born to Play 'Dark Shadows' Vamp (VIDEO)

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Bella Heathcote and Johnny Depp
Perhaps you're doubting the ability of Johnny Depp to re-create the iconic Barnabas Collins character from late '60s/early '70s vampire soap opera Dark Shadows. If that's the case, I have just one thing to say to you. Oh, ye of little faith!

Actually, I have a lot more things to say to you. Like, seriously? You dare to doubt Depp's near-infallible instincts as an actor??

I understand that some die-hard Dark Shadow-ers (hmm, we'll have to come up with a catchy name for Dark Shadows fans, like Twi-hards and Truebies) were upset by Depp's super-pale makeup in shots recently linked from the film's set in England. But people, calm down. Remember, the big shots over at Disney were freaking out over Depp's appearance when the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie was filming, too ...

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And about a billion Jack Sparrow Halloween costumes sold would indicate that Depp was right on the money that time!

Besides, there's no way Depp would be anything but reverential in his handling of the Barnabas Collins role, as his personal obsession with the series goes way back. In fact, he's called playing the character a "lifelong dream."

"I loved the show when I was a kid," Depp said in an interview back when he and director Tim Burton were still developing the idea of a Dark Shadows movie.

"I was obsessed with Barnabas Collins. I have photographs of me holding Barnabas Collins posters when I was 5 or 6. I'm very excited to do it."

Does that sound like someone who would make the beloved character unrecognizable to longtime fans? Essentially, Barnabas Collins was to Depp what Jack Sparrow is to a billion 5- and 6-year-old boys today. He's going to give this performance everything he's got. Watch the video below, you'll see what I mean.

My only complaint thus far regarding the Dark Shadows movie is: Why can't it be in theatres right now?? True Blood withdrawal is starting to set in. I got a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell vampire! More vampire via another Depp/Burton/Bonham-Carter collaboration, preferably. With a side of zombies and werewolves, all the better.

How do you think Johnny Depp will do as Barnabas Collins?

 

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