Johnny Depp discusses Gellert Grindelwald
«I had an image in my head of the guy. She said, ‘I can’t wait to see what you do with him.’ It was beautifully left as this open gift.»
So Depp sent photos of himself as Grindelwald to Yates. His first-draft
makeover was «slightly more extreme» than where Grindelwald ended up, the director recalls.
«We saw this character as a combination of poet, rock star, visionary, and sociopath, beguiling but lethal,» says Yates, who also helmed the final four Harry Potter films.
«I almost felt like he’s maybe two people,» Depp says.
«He’s twins in one body. So a gamy eye is more like the other side of him — a brain for each eye, and he’s somewhere in the middle.»
FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD in theaters NOVEMBER 16.