One of the cool things about effects houses are all of the leftover goodies they have filling up their warehouses. A lot of companies are able to cut costs by repurposing previously used props, which is how Johnny Depp‘s head ended up in last night’s episode of AMC “The Walking Dead”.
Co-executive producer and effects legend Greg Nicotero revealed this in a lengthy interview with EW, explaining:
“One of the other heads, I don’t know if I’m going to get in trouble if I say this, was Johnny Depp,” revealed Nicotero.
“I think we had sculpted an emaciated version of a dummy head for something and we used Johnny Depp’s head as a basis just for a clay sculpt. I can’t remember who the third one is, but I’m in good company. Norman kept saying he wanted the heads when we were done shooting. I said we’ve got to wait until the picture is logged. I think one of the funniest moments we’ve shot in the season is when the Savior sticks his hand inside the head and puppeteers it to start talking. I laughed so hard when we shot that scene.”
Check out the shots, both courtesy of AMC and EW.
TheWrap also noted that, back in Season 1 of “Game of Thrones,” creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss apologized for putting a prosthetic head of President George W. Bush on a spike, hours after news that their show had done so hit the internet.
“We use a lot of prosthetic body parts on the show: heads, arms, etc.” Benioff and Weiss said. “We can’t afford to have these all made from scratch, especially in scenes where we need a lot of them, so we rent them in bulk. After the scene was already shot, someone pointed out that one of the heads looked like George W. Bush.”