Johnny Depp, Carol Channing

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For many actors, the Mad Hatter, Edward Scissorhands and Capt. Jack Sparrow would be considered a trio of roles of a lifetime. But Johnny Depp has never been one to rest on his laurels.

Last week, we told you about the star's dream gig: to star in a Carol Channing biopic as the song-and-dance gal herself.

Well, he took a big step in that shiny-shoed direction the other day when Channing gave her blessing!

"I imagine when or if Johnny should portray me, he will succeed," the Broadway legend told the Advocate. "Because a true artist, such as himself, is one who loves his or her creation and therefore represents their honest view of that which they are creating. I think he is a gifted performer and I would be very proud, as well as interested, in seeing what his vision of me would be."

Apparently, this isn't the first time a man has wanted the coveted part.

"Men have been imitating me for as long as I can remember," she said. "In fact, most of the impersonations I have seen have had a five-o'clock shadow."

Perhaps Johnny was onto something after all...

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