Mad Hatter

Johnny Depp's latest has made a specialty of hiding his leading-man cheekbones within oddball disguise and the latest is a google-eyed hat maker who's gone around the bend. The shock of tangerine curls jutting from beneath his hat and his orange-rimmed eyeballs hint at the story lineage of his madness; orange-tinted mercury was once used in the manufacture of felt in Victorian England and it seeped through the scalp skin with some nasty side effects. Burton liked the idea of orangeness for another more personal reason. "There is something really scary about orange hair. Every performer in my childhood who had orange hair, it seemed to signify that they ... were not to be trusted and could be dangerous. Bozo, Carrot Top, Ralph Malph..."
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