This Week's Cover: Johnny Depp goes mad for 'Alice in Wonderland'

Back in 2003, Johnny Depp famously panicked Disney executives with his whacked-out turn as Pirates of the Caribbean's Captain Jack Sparrow - only to have the character become an instant icon. For the upcoming 3-D Alice in Wonderland, opening March 5, Depp decided to dive even further down the rabbit hole with an orange-haired, green-eyed, nonsense-spouting take on Lewis Carroll's Mad Hatter. Alice is Depp's seventh collaboration with director Tim Burton, and anyone who's seen the other films they've made together - including Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - knows they share a taste for, as Depp puts it, the slightly left of center. Still, with this gonzo turn as the Hatter, Depp braced himself for a full-blown freakout in Disney's executive suites. When we first went in to do the camera tests, I was thinking, They're going to lose their minds, Depp recalls. But Tim fully supported it. It was a couple of solid hours in the makeup chair everyday but it really helped. You start to understand who the guy is through all that weird kind of Carrot Top kabuki.

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