The actor who played the coroner came to me and said, ‘I have a friend who’s in town. His name’s Johnny Depp, he’s in a band, and he’s interested in getting into movies.’ He gave me Johnny’s headshot. I read with Johnny, and I remember his fingers were yellow from constantly smoking unfiltered cigarettes, and he was greasy and pale and sickly. My 14-year-old daughter was in from New York with a friend. I took the headshots of the actors I was considering for the role of Heather’s boyfriend, Glen. I put them out on the kitchen table, and asked the girls, ‘Who would you pick?’ They immediately pointed at Johnny. I said, ‘Are you serious?’ He looked like he needed a bath. They both said, ‘He’s beautiful.’
Wes Craven on how Johnny Depp was cast in ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ (1984) (x)