Johnny Depp made a cameo on last night’s episode of The Walking Dead—well, sort of. It was pretty quick so you might have missed it, but—spoiler alert!—one of the heads on the ground was his. A model of it, anyway. Producer and special effects artist Greg Nicotero explained to Entertainment Weekly that they used the famous actor’s head as a model for the sculpt. “One of the other heads, I don’t know if I’m going to get in trouble if I say this, was Johnny Depp. I think we had sculpted an emaciated version of a dummy head for something and we used Johnny Depp’s head as a basis just for a clay sculpt. I can’t remember who the third one is, but I’m in good company.”
If you know what Nicotero looks like, you might have also recognized him in the same scene. Apparently when they cast Xander Berkley as Gregory, they didn’t have enough time to get him to Los Angeles and do a cast of his head for the sculpt. So, Nicotero said, “I sent photos of him and I said, ‘Here’s a picture of the actor. Let’s see what we have in stock that looks as close to Xander as it can be.’ It ended up being a mold of my head. So that head that he picks up is actually a fake head of me!”
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen celebrity undead. Anthrax frontman Scott Ian and former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Brian Ward have made walker cameos in the show, though they were actually physically on the set.
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