by (@hallekiefer)

Wait…Johnny Depp Based His Willy Wonka On A Stoned Version Of Which President?

His Willy Wonka ranks pretty high on the list of Johnny Depp’s 12 Weirdest Characters. The grimacing? The top hat? The Anna Wintour bob? While the character was more likely to drew comparison to Michael Jackson when Tim Burton‘s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory came out in 2005, Depp finally revealed on Ellen the source material for his weird, waxy version of the classic candy man. “Certain ingredients you add to these characters — Willy Wonka, for example, I imagined what George Bush would be like…incredible stoned,” he told her delighted audience. Now, we assume Johnny means the first Bush rather than Dubya. We can see Bush Sr. busting out the same kind of paranoid fidgeting. Bush Jr. would probably just getting really giggly and start choking on pretzels, which would be an awesome idea for the next remake!

We just wonder which president Depp will be channeling for the new Beetle Juice sequel? Okay, we know he wasn’t technically in the first film but seeing as how Tim Burton has considered making a new one, Depp will probably be in it somewhere. “I’ve gone and met with Tim Burton about it, I’ve gone and met with Michael Keaton about it. In theory everybody would be open to it if the script is good, so now it’s just my job to make sure the script is good,” Dark Shadows screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith told MTV about the proposed sequel earlier this year. Maybe Johnny could just cameo as those shrimp cocktail hands that latch onto people’s faces? Sounds like a stoned John Adams move if we’ve ever heard one!


#13: Kanye West: ‘George Bush Doesn’t Care About Black People’

Kanye West usually engages his mouth before his brain. Case in point: A recent negative review of his live show prompted a blog rant the likes of which hadn’t been seen since Courtney Love bought an iMac. But the “Stronger” rapper spoke truth to power when he publicly dissed George Bush during a 2005 benefit for Hurricane Katrina victims.

“I hate the way they portray us in the media,” he blurted to the camera, referring to the media at large. “You see a black family, it says, ‘They’re looting.’ You see a white family, it says, ‘They’re looking for food.’ … America is set up to help the poor, the black people, the less well-off, as slow as possible.”

As addled co-presenter Mike Myers did his impression of Bambi in the headlights, West brought it home: “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.” Cue dead air. — Charles Bottomley