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A little bit of Marilyn in Depp’s Willy Wonka?

Actor says he didn't model his version of candy maker on bombshell
/ Source: Access Hollywood

Hollywood heartthrob Johnny Depp steps into somewhat of a different role for his newest project.

But no doubt about it, it is going to be one "sweet" performance.

Johnny steps into the shoes of Willy Wonka in Tim Burton's adaptation of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," which hits theaters on July 15.

We sat down with Depp to talk about the film and even brought along some of our viewer's questions to ask Johnny.

"There was quite a bit of edible stuff," Johnny noted of the candy-laden set created by Burton. "I held myself back and didn't indulge too much."

But as Johnny steps into the role made famous by Gene Wilder in the 1971 original, what did he use as his inspiration for the quirky candy maker?

Well, that's exactly what one Access Hollywood viewer wanted to know.

"Did Johnny have someone in mind while playing Willy Wonka?" Falicea G. from Carrollton, GA asked in Access Hollywood.com's "I Need to Know" section.

Let's let Johnny answer.

"I've heard so many rumors that the character was based on Marilyn Manson. I even heard Michael Jackson but those things never entered into my mind," Depp explained.

However there is one thing that did enter Johnny, Tim Burton and co-star Freddie Highmore's minds as they made the movie — the Willy Wonka theme song.

And unfortunately for Highmore and Burton, they couldn't get it out of their heads.

"Not all the words, just the tune, yeah," Freddie told us as he hummed the song.

"It's one of those songs you can't get out of your head, no matter how hard you try," Tim Burton laughed. "I'd be laying awake at night and I couldn't get that damn thing out of my head. Even after we stopped shooting, it would be in my head."

But how does Johnny feel about his theme song? Actually, he loved it.

"It makes me feel real good," Johnny smiled.