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This week I'm keeping it short because the topic at hand deals with the impact that just a few words can have. Which is also why I'm talking about one of this generation's most iconic characters and creations, Edward Scissorhands. The amazing thing about Johnny Depp's performance is that he made it so iconic while speaking only 169 words in the entire movie. Not many actors these days could pull off something so memorable, especially with such little dialogue.
With the recent focus on pirates and Burton concoctions, it's easy to forget that Johnny Depp is an actor with extreme range. I'd say working with the legendary (not used lightly) Vincent Price, also known for his quirkiness, forced Depp to bring his absolute best. I would like to see him challenge himself again because the best things in film history have came from resourcefulness in times of limitations. So how much dialogue is that when put into perspective? Well, I purposely wrote this article to be exactly 169 words.
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