During a recent interview with Charlie Rose in 2014, Golden Globe winner Michael Keaton opened up about Tim Burton’s classic horror comedy Beetle juicewhich confirms that he was the one who came up with the iconic and memorable look of the classic character.

In the interview shared by The Hollywood Reporter, Keaton revealed that he had previously turned down Burton’s offer to star on two occasions before signing up for the project because he couldn’t understand the filmmaker’s vision for the 1988 film.

“I had no idea what he was talking about, but I liked him,” said Keaton. “I said, ‘I wish I could do it. You seem like a really nice guy and I know you’re creative, but I don’t get it … when you see [the movie]”You probably understand why he found it difficult to explain.”

At their third meeting, however, Keaton seemed to spark an idea that asked Burton to give him some time to formulate his idea of ​​what he thought the character should look like. After the meeting, he enlisted the help of the studio’s cloakroom department.

“I said, ‘Give me a night or two,’ and called the cloakroom department in the studio and said, ‘Randomly send me some wardrobes from different periods. Just choose a frame, ”shared Keaton. “… And then I thought of an idea of ​​teeth and an idea for a walk and I knew it was there and I called and said, ‘I have an idea and I don’t know if it’s going to work or not. So let’s just do this thing. ‘”

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The 70-year-old acclaimed actor also revealed that his entire process of creating the iconic Beetle juice Appearance wasn’t really overseen by Burton, who ultimately loved Keaton’s creation after first seeing it.

“Here’s the amazing thing about it: He didn’t see any of it. We discussed it. I said, ‘I want hair that looks like I’ve plugged my finger into an electrical outlet.’ And to the great Ve Neill in the closet, I said, ‘I want mold because Tim said he lived under stones.’ So I came to work and I went on stage and said, ‘This is either going to be completely wrong or he will – I don’t know what he’s going to do. He understood immediately. “

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Beetle juice with Keaton, Winona Ryder, Catherin O’Hara, Jeffrey Jones, Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis. The film revolved around a deceased couple who enlisted the services of the disgusting and mischievous poltergeist from the underworld to scare away the new residents of their former home. Since its debut, it has had both critical and commercial success with box office sales of over $ 73 million. Because of its success and influence on pop culture, it spawned an animated series, video games, and a stage musical.