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Johnny Depp appears in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres on The Ellen DeGeneres show on May 8, 2012. / Johnny Depp appears in a promotional still for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in 2005. - Provided courtesy of Warner Bros. Television / Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Johnny Depp says inspiration for Willy Wonka was an 'incredibly stoned' George Bush - See video

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05/08/2012 by Kristina Lopez

Johnny Depp has made a career out of eccentric characters in films like "The Pirates of the Caribbean," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "Edward Scissorhands" and his upcoming film "Dark Shadows."

During his appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on May 8, which can be seen below, Depp explained the inspiration for many of his characters including Willy Wonka.

"The idea behind Willy Wonka ... certain ingredients you add to these characters. Willy Wonka, for example, I imagined what George Bush would be like incredibly stoned," Depp said. "And thus was born my version of Willy Wonka."

"Scissorhands was a combination, you know the idea of like a newborn seeing things for the first time and also a dog that I'd had," Depp added. "This dog that I had with this sort of unconditional love. This sort of purity in my dog. Those were the basic ingredients."

Depp next co-stars with Michelle Pfeiffer, ChloŽ Moretz and Bonham Carter in "Dark Shadows," which is based on a cult TV show and is set for release on May 11.

Depp plays an 18th century playboy named Barnabas Collins. He breaks the heart of a witch who turns him into a vampire and buries him alive. Barnabas is dug up in 1972 and meets his dysfunctional descendants and they all carry secrets of their own.

The "Dark Shadows" TV series aired from 1966 until 1971. Jonathan Frid, the star of the television series, reportedly filmed a cameo for the movie before his death on April 14.

Watch Johnny Depp's appearance on "Ellen" and a trailer for the "Dark Shadows" movie below.

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