Johnny Depp recently told the AP
that his androgynous child-like portrayal of Willy Wonka wasn't based on Michael Jackson, as many have speculated. Instead, he says, he found inspiration in children's show hosts. But the chalky visage, the retro fascination, the penchant for bizarre outbursts, and an obsession with old-timey music and delicious striped candy remind us more of another Jacko, Jack White of the White Stripes, who at one point seemed to be morphing into Edward Scissorhands
. Suddenly Jackson's fascination with Diana Ross doesn't seem so creepy.