As much as I love Tom Hanks, I really wish he’d return to his roots and do something fun like Bachelor Party, Big, The Money Pit or The ‘Burbs (he even appeared in an episode of HBO’s “Tales from the Crypt”). While he’s fully capable of being that weird and amusing neighbor, could you see him as Edward Scissorhands?! Johnny Depp pictured it. In fact, he thought it was a reality.
Heat Vision unearthed a 1999 interview with Charlie Rose in which the star said that while he loved working with director Tim Burton, he always had the feeling of insecurity, especially with Edward Scissorhands, which was released the first week of December 1990.
Depp explained that for Scissorhands, Burton rehearsed the rest of the cast, except for him, which was a double-edged sword.
“He didn’t know exactly what I was going to do when I walked on the set, the same thing with Ed Wood,” Depp told Rose. “In fact, I spent the first two weeks of Ed Wood, and Scissorhands and Sleepy Hallow 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.”
Rose did not believe Depp was serious, to which Depp responded, “I swear to you.”
He then told his Hanks story.
“I can remember when we were doing Scissorhands we were living in this sort of resort, some kind of country club thing, and there was a knock on the door … one afternoon while everyone was off rehearsing,” Depp said. “There were two young girls at the door and I thought, ‘Oh, they found me and maybe they want me to sign something, I don’t know.’ So, 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.”
Here’s the entire interview that was uploaded two years ago. While it was never really in consideration, could you see Tom Hanks as Edward Scissorhands? I mean, Burton did turn Michael Keaton into Beetlejuice…