Johnny Depp has consistently shown his compassion in the entertainment industry, and his acts of kindness have not gone unnoticed. In fact, almost 25 years ago, Depp saved the life of his co-star from the movie Sleepy Hollow.
Sleepy Hollow, a gothic horror film set in the late 1700s, featured Depp in the lead role of New York City constable, Ichabod Crane. As part of the character's portrayal, Depp had to learn horse riding because Ichabod Crane had a horse named Gunpowder. During the production of the movie, Depp discovered that the horse, whose real name was Goldeneye, was scheduled to be put down once filming concluded.
Upon hearing this news, Depp made a quick decision to adopt the horse, saving its life and becoming its new owner. This act of kindness showcased Depp's genuine compassion for animals and his commitment to making a positive impact.
In an interview with SPLICEDwire, Depp discussed how he drew inspiration from industry legends such as Roddy McDowell, Basil Rathbone, and Angela Lansbury while preparing for his role as Ichabod Crane. He explained his thought process when reading a script and how he strives to create a unique persona for each of his characters. For Sleepy Hollow, Depp aimed to embody the determination of Basil Rathbone's Sherlock Holmes, while also highlighting Ichabod Crane's underlying confusion.
Sleepy Hollow, released on November 19, 1999, achieved tremendous success at the box office, earning nearly $207 million worldwide against a $100 million production budget. The film garnered positive reviews from both critics and fans, solidifying its place as a beloved gothic horror masterpiece.