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Johnny Depp is the latest celebrity to pay tribute to Wes Craven, referring to the late horror legend as “the guy who gave me my start.”

The actor reflected on his breakout role in A Nightmare on Elm Street during a Q&A at the Toronto International Film Festival following a screening of his upcoming film, Black Mass, on Monday.

“Wes Craven was the guy who gave me my start, from my perspective, for almost no reason in particular.” Depp said, according to Variety. “I read scenes with his daughter when I auditioned for the part. At the time, I was a musician. I wasn’t really acting. It was not anything very near to my brain or my heart, which is pretty much how it remains to this day.”

Depp went on to explain how Craven offered him the role in the 1984 film based off his daughter’s opinion; she read with numerous other actors, and decided he was the right fit for the gig. He remarked that Craven was “very brave” to offer him the part.

“But he was a good man – so rest in peace, old Wes,” Depp concluded.

Craven died Aug. 30 of brain cancer at the age of 76. Following his death, Edgar Wright, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and more joined in remembering the iconic writer, director, and producer.

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