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13 Times Johnny Depp Looked Nothing Like Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp has portrayed everything from a heartthrob to a Mad Hatter and many things in between. More often than not, his roles require layers upon layers of makeup in combination with very un-Depp-like outfits. Take a look at some of his most notable disguises through the years below.

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1. Edward Scissorhands (1990)


Besides the obvious addition of scissors for hands, Depp's unkempt hair and scarred face as the title character masked his usual laid-back appearance. Arguably one of his most well-known roles, Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands put Depp on the map as an actor who had no qualms about taking on new identities physically and emotionally for his work.

2. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)


Raoul Duke's massive yellow aviators, bucket hat and Hawaiian shirt are a far cry from Depp's usual thick-framed glasses, fedora and button-down he can often be spotted in around town or at premieres.

3. Before Night Falls (2000)


Perhaps one of the easiest ways for you to not look like yourself would be to gender swap, which is exactly what Depp did in a dual role as Bon Bon and Lt. Victor in Before Night Falls.

4. Pirates of the Caribbean series (2003 - present)


While Captain Jack Sparrow himself is a notable character of the past decade, it was hard to tell that the man under the scarf and jewels was Depp when he first graced the screen in 2003 with The Curse of the Black Pearl. Now with Dead Man's Chest (2006), At World's End (2007) and On Stranger Tides (2011) under his weapon-filled leather belt, Depp will be reprising his role as the eccentric pirate in Dead Men Tell No Tales for a July 2017 release.

5. The Libertine (2004)


Depp jumped on another period piece by tackling the role of John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, in this adaptation of Stephen Jeffreys' play of the same name. Wilmot was a 17th century womanizing, libertine poet in the court of King Charles II of England, who throughout most of the movie is just Depp with longer hair and era-appropriate clothing. However, one scene in particular has him hobbling on two canes with a heavily powdered face and a silver nose-piece to conceal his symptoms of syphilis.

6. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)


Depp's portrayal of the chocolate factory owner is quite different than Gene Wilder's in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, the 1964 adaptation of children's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. While Wilder generally looks like himself with a lot more purple and bow ties, Depp looks unrecognizable in his top hat and bob haircut in Burton's adaptation.

8. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)


The unstoppable Burton-Depp duo return with a walk down Fleet Street. With a stripe of grey hair extending from his scalp, Depp proves it must be stressful slicing the throats of unsuspecting clients and dumping them in your basement.

9. Alice in Wonderland (2010)


Burton cast Depp in yet another role that masks his true identity. This time, he went "mad" with bright orange hair, elaborate eye makeup and contouring for days. The duo have already begun work on a sequel, Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass, which is set for a spring 2016 release.

10. Dark Shadows (2012)


With a 'do reminiscent of the asymmetrical side-swept haircut popular in the mid-2000's emo era, Depp took on the role of Barnabas Collins, a 200-year-old vampire who wakes up in present day just like the TV show of the same name showed viewers in the '60s.

11. The Lone Ranger (2012)


Depp stars opposite The Social Network's Armie Hammer in the Disney adaptation of The Lone Ranger as Tonto and John "Lone Ranger" Reid respectively. Depp's Tonto is a Native American sporting facial paint and a black bird atop his head, all of which stirred controversy.

12. Into the Woods (2014)


Christmas day will bring us yet another adaptation in which Depp drastically changes his appearance for a role. While not as drastic as some others mentioned here, he will be portraying the suit-donning character called “The Wolf.” Into the Woods' teaser trailer only showed his fur-covered arms wrapped around a tree, but thanks to Entertainment Weekly’s holiday movie preview cover, we now see the full getup.

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