Though Depp maintained that any similarities to Jackson in his portrayal are purely coincidental, he would love to take on the role of the Thriller hitmaker. "I have heard that I based Willy Wonka on Michael Jackson before, but no, that was not my plan, I wish I had thought of that though," Contactmusic quoted him, saying. "But there is still time to play him. He might get up to his old tricks again and maybe there will be a TV movie about him!" he added.