Johnny Depp Thought This A-List Actor Was Going To Take His Place In ‘Edward Scissorhands’

As it turns out, James Dean was a big influence on early on and we can see traces of that throughout his career. Out of all people, it was who encouraged Depp into the acting world.

By 1984, he was already appearing in major films like '. He was labeled as a massive star and in 1990, he cemented his spot as a Hollywood A-lister, appearing in the Tim Burton classic, '' and Winona Ryder.

The film quickly turned into a hit and today, it is recognized as a cult classic, for its profound impact, along with Depp's excellent ability to play the role. Oddly enough, Depp stated that his dog was the inspiration for his character...

Nonetheless, despite the success and his status in Hollywood, Depp was very nervous behind the scenes at the start, especially because of a certain Hollywood A-lister. Depp made mention that he thought a certain someone was set to replace him. Of course, that didn't happen and we can't picture anyone but Depp in the role.

We'll delve into who that star is, along with some interesting facts about the iconic film.

Burton Got The Idea From A Pair Of Scissors

... soon enough, Burton had a plot in mind, though this time around, it didn't feature scissors just a man itself... ultimately, he brought the scissors back into the equation.

An odd idea that really brought the film to life.

“I was sitting in my office looking at a pair of scissors, and I eventually realized that I could write a movie about a man who was looking at a pair of scissors,” Burton said. “Then I realized that I might not even need the scissors."

"Why not get rid of the scissors entirely and just make a movie about a man? I decided to cut the scissors out of the film. But the concept of ‘cutting’ reminded me of something else that cuts: scissors. This gave me an idea: What if the man in my movie had scissors attached to his wrists instead of hands? The rest is history.”

Not only did the film have a profound impact as a cult classic,

The film's screenwriter Caroline Thompson admitted that she wept when this realization came about, "I started to cry," Thompson told Insider. "How touching can that be? People who are suffering otherness that is so visual, and people are so cruel, to have been a support was a beautiful feeling. That's been one of the great joys of having contributed him to the culture."

Depp was a crucial part in evoking this sentiment and message, however, the star worried he was getting replaced, while on-set.

The Fear Of Tom Hanks

Depp started to worry when the entire cast was rehearsing and for the first two weeks.

Depp thought Burton was pondering his casting decision, "I spent the first two weeks of and and thinking I was going to be fired, that I was going to be replaced. But luckily Tim was happy with the stuff, and I didn’t lose my job.”

According to his interview, the doubt increased when fans were apparently looking for Tom Hanks while he was on the set getting ready for the role.

"I opened the door and said, ‘How do you do?’ and they said, ‘Hi. Is Tom Hanks here? Does he live here?’ I said, ‘What? No. Not yet.’ And I was convinced that Hanks would be replacing me. I was convinced. It was one of the most frightening moments in my career.”

We can't imagine Hanks in the role, even though he's a fabulous actor.

Tom Turned Out To Be Okay

Was Hanks even considered for the role? Probably not and it was likely a young Depp looking into a situation a little too much.

As for Hanks, let's just say his career turned out to be just fine. His career exploded four years later, thanks to a certain film called ''.

The classics would continue in the years that followed throughout the '90s, with films like , and one of his more iconic performances to start of the 2000s, '

To sum up, his career was not damaged...

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