Johnny Depp's children love him in 'Edward Scissorhands'.

The 46-year-old actor - who has two children, Lily-Rose, ten, and Jack, seven, with French singer Vanessa Paradis - admits they cry when they see him in the eccentric role.

He said: "It's funny because they've seen it but they have a difficult time watching it because it's their dad and they make that connection, but its 'Edward Scissorhands'. That's by far my kids' favourite.

"They just connect with the character and also they see something, their dad feeling that isolation, feeling that loneliness. He's a tragic character and so I think it's hard for them. They bawl when they see that movie."

The film, which was directed by Depp's long-term collaborator Tim Burton, was nominated for an Oscar for Best Makeup in 1991.

Discussing his work with Burton, which has seen him play various British roles, Depp insists he is always very careful to ensure the characters don't end up too similar.

He said: "I've played English a number of times, have used an English accent a number of times and so it becomes a little bit of an obstacle course to go, 'Oh, that's teetering into Captain Jackville', or, 'This one is kind of teetering over into 'Wonka'. So you've got to really pay attention to the places that you've been."