Everyone associates Johnny Depp with Hanson off 21 Jump Street, but his break into movies came when he was sucked into a mattress courtesy of Wes Craven's warped mind.
Depp, who was at a press conference at the Toronto Film Festival said the following when asked by a reporter about Craven, and his role as Glen Lantz in the 1984 horror flick A Nightmare on Elm Street.
"Wes Craven was the guy who gave me my start, from my perspective, for almost no reason in particular. I read scenes with his daughter when I auditioned for the part. At the time, I was a musician. I wasn’t really acting. It was not anything very near to my brain or my heart... which is pretty much how it remains to this day! Wes Craven was brave enough to give me the gig based on his daughter’s opinion. I guess she had read with a bunch of actors, and after the casting sessions, she said, 'No, that’s the guy.' I always think of her for putting me in this mess, and certainly Wes Craven for being very brave to give me this gig. But he was a good man - so rest in peace, old Wes."
On behalf of cinema goers everywhere, I'd like to say a heartfelt 'thank you, Jessica Craven.' Tim Burton and Jerry Bruckheimer should be on their knees before you.