Johnny Depp: “Dark Shadows” Star Jonathan Frid Was “Magical.”

Speaking to the L.A. Times, Depp, who’s starring as Barnabas Collins in Tim Burton’s upcoming “Dark Shadows” reboot, pays tribute to the late Jonathan Frid, who originated the role in the 1960s American horror soap. Frid died last week.

“Jonathan Frid was the reason I used to run home from school to watch ‘Dark Shadows,’” Depp said in an email during a break on the set of Gore Verbinski’s “Lone Ranger” in Arizona. ”His elegance and grace was an inspiration then and will continue to remain one forever more. When I had the honor to finally meet him … [he] generously passed the torch of Barnabas.”

Last year, on the set of “Shadows,” Depp talked about his youth in Miramar, Fla., and the influence of Frid on ”this young kid” who had an outsider spirit and adored the way “Dark Shadows” transported him to “some other dimension I had never seen before.”

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