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Johnny Depp’s 10 Wildest Big-Screen Looks

From a blond-wigged, red-lipped transgender woman in “Before Night Falls” to the maniacal Mad Hatter in “Alice in Wonderland,” Johnny Depp’s on-screen looks have been as diverse as his film roles. The trend continues with his latest movie, “Black Mass,” in which his character of notorious Boston gangster Whitey Bulger marks yet another physical departure for the chameleonic actor (who actually voiced a chameleon in the animated pic “Rango”).

Here are the many faces of Johnny Depp:

Edward Scissorhands
Depp’s role as the titular character in his very first collaboration with director Tim Burton sparked his flurry of bizarre physical transformations. Hot off the heels of his hit TV series “21 Jump Street,” “Edward Scissorhands” proved that Depp was more than just a teen heartthrob. Aside from scissors for hands, the iconic character also has a scarred face as pale as snow and an unruly nest of jet black hair that rivaled Burton’s real-life locks.

“Alice in Wonderland”
Leave it to Depp to transform the fairy tale character of the Mad Hatter into the source of children’s nightmares. With Bozo-like red hair, unblinking emerald eyes, gap teeth, bushy eyebrows and makeup that makes coulrophobia a most rational fear, Depp’s Hatter is as mad as it gets in Burton’s 2010 adaptation.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
If you thought Gene Wilder’s Willy Wonka was creepy in the original 1971 film, Depp’s factory owner must have been more than you bargained for. He channeled Michael Jackson with his androgynous take on the classic character, which included a sleek brown bob, translucent skin and pearly white choppers that were as terrifying as fangs.

“Dark Shadows”
Another Burton collaboration and another pasty white face means one more petrifying look from Depp. Although he fit the part of a 19th-century vampire in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” Depp didn’t actually play one until his role as Barnabas Collins in “Dark Shadows.” The 2012 reboot of the ’60s soap opera found the actor with chalky skin, sunken smokey eyes and flat, unwashed hair offset with styled bangs.


“Before Night Falls”
The star impressed with his versatile role as Bon Bon in “Before Night Falls.” Although he’s only onscreen for a few minutes, Depp leaves a lasting impression as a trangendered woman with flamboyant moves who steals a kiss from Javier Bardem. Wearing a makeshift “skirt” and a boa as a haler top, Depp topped off the look with a blonde wig, hot pink headband, red lipstick and long, flirty lashes. He also plays a prison warden in the 2000 pic — a far cry from Bon Bon.

“Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”
Depp looks dazed and confused in every scene of the 1998 cult classic thanks to his perfectly blank stare. Even though this look isn’t as drastic of a departure from his real-life persona, the actor is still wonderfully weird as drug-addled Raoul Duke in a bucket hat, Hawaiian shirt and giant yellow aviators.

“Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise
The actor’s Keith Richards-style pirate made guyliner all the rage. With ratty clothes, rotting teeth, and dirty dreadlocks and braids in his hair and beard, Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow found a mainstream audience in the mega-successful Disney franchise.

“Sweeney Todd”
Arguably his most haunting look to date, the part of a murderous London barber fit Depp to a tee. His ominous songs didn’t help matters. With milky skin, red circles under his eyes, massive sideburns and frizzy hair featuring a white streak, Depp scared up a third Oscar nom for “Sweeney Todd” in 2008.


“Ed Wood”
In a departure from his more sinister roles, Depp captured wide-eyed optimism as the famed director Ed Wood. Greasy hair? Check! Impossibly thin mustache? Check! Cheesy smile? Check and check! Depp also dons a fuzzy sweater, women’s makeup and a wig in the cross-dressing scenes.

“The Lone Ranger”
The actor was unrecognizable as John Reid’s Native-American sidekick Tonto in “The Lone Ranger.” With his face completely covered in cracked white mud with four black stripes, Depp comes off stern and controlled. His character’s long black hair is partly hidden underneath a dead crow he wears as a hat.

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