Johnny Depp in 'Dark Shadows' + 8 More: The Actor's Most Makeup-tastic Roles

Johnny Depp's latest cinematic venture-as Barnabas Collins in the Tim Burton film adaptation of Dark Shadows-features, shall we say, rather a lot of makeup. But this isn't the firs
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Johnny Depp in ‘Dark Shadows’ + 8 More: The Actor’s Most Makeup-tastic Roles

Johnny Depp’s latest cinematic venture—as Barnabas Collins in the Tim Burton film adaptation of Dark Shadows—features, shall we say, rather a lot of makeup. But this isn’t the first time he’s slathered on the cosmetics for a role!

-Lucia Peters

Johnny Depp Barnabas Collins

When images from the set of the new Dark Shadows movie first started surfacing last year, the very first thought that ran through my head was this: “My goodness, but that’s a lot of makeup!” I’m talking, of course, about Johnny Depp’s wacky getup as Barnabas Collins. White skin? Purple shading? Strangely pointy hair? What the heck sort of vampire is this?

But once Barnabas’ new look had a moment to sink, I realized that perhaps I shouldn’t have been so surprised. After all, our boy Johnny has made a career out of playing characters with outlandish makeup jobs. Naturally, then, with Dark Shadows hitting cinemas tomorrow, the time seemed right to revisit a few of these roles—because what’s more fun than an over-the-top Johnny Depp? EIGHT over-the-top Johnny Depps. That’s what!

So further ado, we present to you Johnny Depp’s most makeup-tastic roles in order of the heaviness of the cosmetics. Be sure to catch Dark Shadows, in theaters this weekend!

1. Ed Wood, Ed Wood

Johnny Depp Ed Wood

Mostly for the cross-dressing. The Tim Burton-directed biopic (unsurprisingly, many of the roles on this list are from Tim Burton films) told the tale of the notoriously terrible director Ed Wood. Ed was also a transvestite (see: Glen or Glenda, his “big break”) with a fondness for angora, so naturally Johnny ended up dressing accordingly for the movie. It might be a little hard to see because of the film being in black-and-white, but there’s definitely some lipstick action going on here. And of course, black-and-white films tend to use a different sort of makeup than that used for color; you can probably imagine how much extra it would take to get all that shading and contrast in greyscale.

2. Willy Wonka, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Johnny Depp Willy Wonka

Again, nothing too outrageous here; however, there’s an artificiality to the Willy Wonka look that puts it slightly higher up on the not-at-all-made up-to-violently-made-up scale. He’s kind of got the same coloring as his candy—just a little more subtle.

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3. Captain Jack Sparrow, the Pirates of the Caribbean series

Johnny Depp Jack Sparrow

Eyeliner! Guyliner, if you will! Massive amounts of it! But not much else in the way of bizarre-looking makeup; the rest of it is really just the standard grime that ends up transferring itself to you when you sail the high seas for months at a time. Of course there was that time when he got captured and all painted up by a bunch of islanders who believed he was the human incarnation of their god…

4. Sweeney Todd, Sweeney Todd

Johnny Depp Sweeney Todd

Aha! The first of the “Whoa! That’s a lot of look!” looks! With a totally white face and a wild mane of black hair shot through with a streak of white, Johnny looks appropriately serial killer-esque as the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Just make sure you keep him away from the straight razors. Things could get messy.

More makeup-tastic Johnny roles, including Edward Scissorhands, up next!


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