Martin Landau on Burton's 'mind-bogging' imagination
Actor Martin Landau attends the LA premiere of 'Frankenweenie' at the El Capitan Theatre on Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP / John Shearer / Invision)
Published Sunday, October 14, 2012 8:31AM EDT
Martin Landau says he drops 'everything' to work with Tim Burton.
The legendary Hollywood actor enjoys teaming up with the 54-year-old director so much that he joked he would even drop his "pants" to collaborate with the filmmaker, who he recently worked with on forthcoming film 'Frankenweenie'.
He told BANG Showbiz: "It's a fun place to work with Tim Burton. Every time he would ask me to do something I would always drop what I was doing, including my pants!
"It was a joyous experience working with him on 'Ed Wood' and 'Frankenweenie'. Working with Tim I found that half the time, he didn't finish his sentences. I did. He'd say, 'Let's rehearse' And I'd say, 'OK'. He'd say, 'You know what's missing?' And I'd say, 'Yeah'."
Martin didn't know anything about Tim when he went to watch the director's 1988 comedy fantasy film 'Beetlejuice' at the cinema with his daughter, but after seeing the motion picture he demanded to work with the helmer.
Speaking at a London press conference, he added: "I remember seeing 'Beetlejuice' and I was very taken with the film. I saw it with my daughter and I said, 'My god ... who directed this?'
"I had no idea who Tim Burton was at the time, but I said, 'I'd love to work with this guy.' He's got an imagination that's mind-boggling, and here we are."