Just one viewing of a Tim Burton-directed film tells you he is a strange guy, so it isn't really surprising that he asked pal Johnny Depp to be godfather to his son Billy in a weird way. Depp talked about the incident in an interview with Esquire magazine:
"We were doing 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' and I was on the set. We were shooting, working, working, working. All great. Everything’s cool. One of my pals comes up and says, 'Helena [Bonham Carter] just called. When you get a moment, she’d like you to give her a call back.' 'Okay,' I say. 'As soon as I’m done on set, I’ll go back to my trailer and give her a call.’ So I go back to the trailer, call Helena, and say, ‘Hey, what’s going on?' I thought maybe Helena had a question about little boys because Billy was a little baby then and I've got two kids," Depp revealed. "So I say, 'Is everything all right?' And she says, 'Billy’s fine. Everything's fine. But, well, you know how Tim is. He wants to know if you’d be... he’d like for you to be Billy’s godfather.' I say, 'But I was just with Tim. I was with him three minutes ago. I had to leave him to walk back to the trailer to call you.' So she called me to ask because Tim just couldn’t. That was his way of asking. I went back to the set and said thank you, told him that I was honored. It doesn't get heavier than saying I'd like you to be the godfather of my son. But he's not ever going to put himself into a corny kind of situation with a pal." —XFINITY Entertainment Staff
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