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Tim Burton Mirrored Wednesday's Xavier More Than You Likely Thought

In a memorable scene of Season 1 of “Wednesday,” Xavier Thorpe, the resident artist of “Wednesday’s” Nevermore Academy, tries to impress Wednesday (Jenna Ortega) by animating a drawing of a spider. She quickly squashes his hopes — and the spider — with her hand. While Tim Burton may not have telekinesis, just like Xavier, he’s an expert at bringing his drawings to life, with his sketches literally becoming scenes in the popular Netflix series. As Ortega told First We Feast, “He draws a lot of his shots, so there are some days where I’d come into work and he would have his own little picture that he drew of me playing the cello or me fencing and say, ‘This is what you’re shooting.'”

Of course, hardcore Burton fans know that he persuaded Danny Devito to portray Oswald “The Penguin” Cobblepot in “Batman Returns” with a painting he made, so Ortega’s story fits in perfectly with the quiet and soft-spoken filmmaker’s personality. While others may use words and scripts to get their vision across, drawing and artwork has always been Burton’s preferred method. As he told the Museum of Modern Art, “All these kinds of things, whether it’s photographs or little writings or sketches, for me are the most important part of any project.”

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