Actor Johnny Depp has slammed reports he based his eccentric character
WILLY WONKA on troubled singer MICHAEL JACKSON - insisting the colourful role
was based on a selection of children's TV show presenters.
Depp says Jackson, who was acquitted of child molestation charges last
month (JUN05), would be the wrong person to base the CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE
FACTORY character on, because the THRILLER star loves kids, while Wonka
He says, "It never entered my mind, Michael Jackson loves children but
Willy Wonka doesn't."
The true inspirations were TV hosts CAPTAIN KANGAROO, MR ROGERS and Uncle
AL, who mesmerised Depp as a child.
He adds, "There were memories I have as a little kid watching children's
shows and children show hosts. I distinctly remember thinking their speech
pattern was strange."