Alice in Wonderland character
Tarrant Hightopp
Tarrant Hightopp
First appearance Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Created by Tim Burton
Portrayed by Johny Depp
Nickname(s) Hatter
Species Human
Gender Male
Occupation Milliner
Significant other(s) Thackery Earwicket
Nationality Underland

In Tim Burton's 2010 version of Alice in Wonderland, the Mad Hatter is portrayed by Johnny Depp. He is very brave and loyal to the White Queen; he also becomes very emotionally attached to Alice and goes to great lengths to protect her. In this version, his full name is Tarrant Hightopp. Burton explained that Depp "tried to find a grounding to the character, something that you feel, as opposed to just being mad. In a lot of versions it’s a very one-note kind of character and you know his goal was to try and bring out a human side to the strangeness of the character". The orange hair is an allusion to the mercury poisoning suffered by many hatters who used mercury to cure pelts. According to Depp: "I think he was poisoned, very, very poisoned, and it was coming out through his hair, through his fingernails and eyes. In an interview, Depp stated his experience was "A dream come true" and that the Mad Hatter is like "A mood ring, his emotions are very close to the surface".

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