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Johnny Depp says Jack Sparrow was the Creative Spark of “Rango”

Leave it to Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow to provide the creative spark in the creation of his animated character, “Rango.”  I caught up with Johnny at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.  Depp tells the story, “I’ve always had an affinity for lizards.  I always felt somewhat close to them.  I feel somewhat reptilian sometimes.  When (Director) Gore Verbinski and I were doing Pirates 1, 2 and 3, there were times where Jack Sparrow had to run. There was a very  specific run I wanted. (The run was inspired) from seeing footage of a lizard running across the water & it was the strangest thing I’ve ever seen!  I said Gore, (Jack’s) gotta be a lizard running. That was the whole thing. …. I actually think that Rango was somehow planted in Gore’s brain from (doing) that lizard run.  So when Gore called me & said I want you to play a lizard, I thought well I’m 1/2 way there! I know what I’m doing.”  What do Johnny’s kids think of their pop playing Rango?  Johnny joked, “I force my kids to call me The Lizard King.”

“Rango” hits theaters March 4th, 2011

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