Tim Burton falls off stage at Dark Shadows press conference
The director takes a tumble while waving energetically during a media event for his new film Dark Shadows in Tokyo.
Director Tim Burton and actor Johnny Depp were holding a press conference in a Tokyo hotel on the final leg of a whirlwind 36-hour Japan promotional tour for their latest collaborative film Dark Shadows.
Waving to the cameras, Burton stepped backwards unaware he was close to a three-foot drop. Luckily a diligent staff member spotted the accident waiting to happen and caught him in time before he hit the floor. Seeming unfazed, Burton immediately climbed back on stage to rejoin Depp.
The two have collaborated on eight films and Burton said they operated very much on the same wavelength.
"We both have a very similar approach to things in fact sometimes if Johnny has notes in his script I'll come in and talk to him and my notes are pretty much exactly the same without even speaking to him.
"We've had this strong connection, but again the thing that makes it different is that each time he's a different character and a different person," Burton said.
Depp, a the long-time fan of the TV series that the film is based on stated it was his boyhood ambition to play the character of Barnabas Collins, who is buried only to be dug up in 1972 before working to bring back the glory to his family's name.
"You know at a very young age I was always obsessed with this character of Barnabas Collins, and there was something, I guess there was something to do about him being this sort of displaced and reluctant vampire and that's one of the things that was important to Tim and I. In terms of you know translating what we felt about the series, the feeling that we got from the series, translating it to cinema," Depp said.
His character is romantically pursued by the witch Angelique Bouchard, played by Eva Green, and their on-screen romantic scenes did lead to some problems for make-up department.
"I ended up at times after the kiss looking like, a lot like a Ronald McDonald and so that was kind of a long mop-up job between scenes, between takes," he said.
Dark Shadows is on general release in UK cinemas.
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