Why the garish makeup, stupid hat, and sunglasses? Jonathan Frid nailed the role, and Depp supposedly aspires to that greatness...so why change things so much?
If these photos are any indication of a Dark Shadows remake, it's already off to a bad start. I remember Barnabas Collins as a slightly creepy looking though average man (which made his vampire portrayal even more scary) not the Joker from the Batman movie or Beetlejuice. I had high hopes for this remake but if these photos are any indication, then I fear what we will get will be even worse that the Wild, Wild West remake movie a few years ago. What's with Johnny Depp anyway? Seems that his fame (like Michael Jackson) is based on the movies where he is made up like a clown.
While I see the Jackson resemblance, I was sort of reminded of Jack Nicholson's Joker from the first Batman, also a Burton film.
I hear he was talking about making the Lone Ranger and making Tonto the lead character!! I think he is retarded!!
Hell, I thought he looked like Michael Jackson in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!!
I say just leave Dark Shadows alone! It was not broke so there really is no need to fix it! I'd rather see the original. I am not a fan of the acting of Mr. Depp, but that aside, just leave it alone!
I take a wait and see attitude, you can't tell anything from a leaked picture, in the sunlight, walking to the actual filming.
As another who ran home to see Dark Shadows, I think we all share a reverence for the show and both Depp and Burton have separately intimated that they will look to honor the feeling of the original series. I say give it a chance.
And if you do want to hear a song that does remain true to the spirit of the character of Barnabas Collins, check out my song about Barnabas here: