Johnny Depp Thought He Was Being Replaced by Tom Hanks on 'Edward Scissorhands'

"It was one of the most frightening moments in my career," the star once reminisced.
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Johnny Depp in 'Edward Scissorhands' (1990)

Johnny Depp was positive he was going to be fired off Edward Scissorhands and replaced with Tom Hanks. 

In a 1999 interview with Charlie Rose unearthed by Heat Vision, the star said that while he loved working with director Tim Burton, he always had the feeling of insecurity, especially with Edward Scissorhands, which was released the first week of December 1990.

The actor explained that for Edward Scissorhands, Burton rehearsed the rest of the cast, except for him, which was a double-edged sword. 

"He didn't know exactly what I was going to do when I walked on the set, the same thing with Ed Wood," Depp told Rose. "In fact, I spent the first two weeks of Ed Wood and Scissorhands and Sleepy Hallow thinking I was going to be fired, that I was going to be replaced. But luckily Tim was happy with the stuff, and I didn't lose my job." 

Rose did not believe Depp was serious, to which Depp responded, "I swear to you." 

He then told his Hanks story. 

"I can remember when we were doing Scissorhands we were living in this sort of resort, some kind of country club thing, and there was a knock on the door ... one afternoon while everyone was off rehearsing," Depp said. "There were two young girls at the door and I thought, 'Oh, they found me and maybe they want me to sign something, I don't know.' So, I opened the door and said, 'How do you do?' and they said, 'Hi. Is Tom Hanks here? Does he live here?' I said, 'What? No. Not yet.' And I was convinced that Hanks would be replacing me. I was convinced. It was one of the most frightening moments in my career." 

Edward Scissorhands went on to be a critical and box office success, helping to make Depp and Winona Ryder bigger stars. The film also garnered an Oscar nomination for best makeup.  

Depp is currently starring in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. For Edward Scissorhand fans in Los Angeles, a musical described as a parody tribute to the movie is coming to The Rockwell this month.