Depp On His “Dark Shadows” Performance

While Johnny Depp generally does his own style with his various characters, the actor tells MTV News that his role as Barnabas Collins in the upcoming “Dark Shadows” film adaptation will stick closer to Jonathan Frid’s performance from the original 60’s gothic soap opera.

“For me, even the conversations I’ve had with Tim [Burton], what Jonathan Frid did with that character and that classic look he created, I find it very difficult to stray very far from that. I think it’s going to be somewhere in that arena, with maybe just a couple of different touches here and there.”

In the film, Collins is a 200-year-old vampire who crosses paths with the youthful Victoria Winters (Bella Heathcoate) and the devious Willie Loomis (Jackie Earle Haley). Depp says “There’s something about this vampire coming back after 200 years into this modern world, with a touch of the poetic, with maybe a tendency to maybe wax a little poetic now and again. I have a good feeling about it. But Jonathan Frid’s Barnabas was so special.”

Shooting on the feature kicks off this Spring.