I was expecting a mob of angry people yelling at me for this one.
*rolls up sleeves* alrighty then.
Without further ado, I present to you;
WHY I THINK SEBASTIAN STAN’S JEFFERSON TRUMPED JOHNNY DEPP’S MAD HATTER.FIRSTLY, I love Johnny Depp. I really do and although I did enjoy Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, I was quite disappointed in it, to be honest but that’s a different story.
One problem I have with Tim Burton’s Mad Hatter in general is his appearance.
He looks like a clown. I don’t like clowns…
I mean, I’ll admit, I don’t really imagine a super attractive guy when thinking of the Hatter.(I never used to anyways)
And I get how Tim Burton tried to make the Mad Hatter look like a weirdo but…never has any Alice in Wonderland made the Hatter look like a clown.
The Hatter was just a man older than Alice who was, well a Mad Hatter obsessed with tea.
I feel like Johnny missed this. Maybe we can blame it on the script, story, directing or even the screenplay but…he doesn’t seem MAD.
A few odd lines…
His eyes changing colour when he gets angry…(which just looks terrifying…) His accent changing from English to American to Scottish…and…whatever the fuck THIS is:DOES NOT MAKE HIM MAD.
They make him quirky, cooky and mildly concering in the least.Not nearly enough, Johnny…
Even in the Disney cartoon most of the madness from the Mad Hatter isn’t his appearance per se (as in what he looks like exactly) but rather in his expressions and body language.His rapid changes in mood is shown by Depp’s Hatter as well but honestly…
If you had to honestly choose which person looked like they were or already had lost their mind would you pick this:or this:SWEET JESUS.I remember being creeped out with Depp’s Hatter when his eyes changed colour but watching the Hat Trick episode with Jefferson with my sister… his performance actually made me lean away from the screen.
I think what made Sebastian’s Hatter so convincing was that he seemed normal. He looks perfectly sane in one moment…but in the next…you can pinpoint the EXACT second he has a lapse in sanity.
PLUS, THIS HATTER’S STORY IS GREAT. MY GOSH.The point of the Mad Hatter and Wonderland was to make sense in it’s nonsensical ways.
Depp’s Hatter has a CAUSE and that cause is…rebellion?Why bring sense and logic into a place that celebrates having NO SENSE AND LOGIC?
I feel like Johnny Depp’s Hatter relied more on his actual appearance and clothing to make up for the madness and sheer craziness his role required for HIS movie’s Wonderland.
At least you know what Jefferson had a REASON to be mad. He wasn’t just mad because (although he was a little screwy before he had Grace), he was mad because he was DRIVEN into madness by being forced to stay in the mad land of Wonderland—WHERE HE WAS NOT FROM—making hats! He has a REASON to make hats; he is a traveler who activates portals with his magical hat.His title of the Mad Hatter makes more sense too. He is driven to madness due to the struggle with his hat and “getting it to work” after he loses his magical hat (which he needs to get home to his young daughter, Grace who he ended up straightening out for to the extent he stopped using his hat). He has been pushed to his most desperate lengths to complete an impossible task of making a magical hat without any magic. He is a MAD HATTER.You might as well call Depp’s The Mad Hat Maker.Jefferson just pulls of his own respective world and story better than the other Hatter does for his.
JEFFERSON’S HATTER EVEN HAS MORE TEA REFERENCES FOR PETE’S SAKE. HE DRUGS PEOPLE WITH TEA, HE HAD TEA PARTIES WITH HIS DAUGHTER, LIKE GOD.The Mad Hatter (as well as everything else in Wonderland) is not supposed to make any real sense. But the only way they make sense is by making sense without making complete sense.There are many examples of this in the Disney cartoon. For instance, the Alice says: to which the March replies:Or when Alice asks the Cheshire Cat for directions.
Cheshire Cat: “Well, that depends where…you are to get to?”
Alice: “Oh, it doesn’t really matter; as long as I—.”
Cheshire Cat: “Then it really doesn’t matter which way you go.”
Which is what I liked about Jefferson. He seemed sane yet wasn’t which really does seem like he has a mental disorder or “madness”. SHIT SON. Although what Jefferson says is true, he clearly has more than a few screws loose in his head and that IS scary.Maybe it’s just my personal opinion. I think Johnny’s Mad Hatter was lacking but would have fit an Alice in Wonderland that wasn’t trying to be so edgy like the Tim Burton movie (which had many flaws to be honest).
But if I was to imagine the closest version of a truly Mad Hatter, that would go to Jefferson. His Mad Hatter made me scared, nervous and uncomfortable. He also made me cry, sob and sniffle.But then made me burst out laughing again and again.Seriously, I can’t even find the gif or clip where he’s in the middle of a conversation with David and in mid sentence, flips the table and BOLTS. I swear, I made my sister rewind that scene like four times because I kept laughing for ten straight minutes. That is one of my favourite Jefferson moments. His unpredictability really makes his character spectacular.His facial expressions always get me too.What he went through all for his daughter is just gut-wrenchingly sad and beautiful.Sebastian Stan just knows exactly how to ruin your life…I literally worked for this post for hours straight…it’s almost 3 in the morning now…
But it was worth it…because Sebastian Stan/Jefferson.
Thank you for your very polite question, @beaniebaneenie! I appreciate it! Feel free to spazz out over Jefferson with me, anytime!
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