'Crazy' Tim Burtonhttp://www.femalefirst.co.uk
Tim Burton acts "crazy" and talks to himself on the street to stop people from bothering him.
The 'Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street' director admits he developed his unusual defence mechanism to avoid constant attention from fans.
Burton said: "If you want people to leave you alone then appearing to be crazy is a good thing. If you're walking down the street talking to yourself people tend to give you a wide berth!But I've always been blessed with being easily ignored or avoided. I think maybe it's because people think I look a little crazy."
Burton - who has two children, a one-month-old daughter, who he is yet to name, and a four-year-old son Billy, with long-term partner Helena Bonham Carter - claims he has always felt like an "outsider".
The eccentric filmmaker - who is renowned for his surreal, gothic films including 'Sleepy Hollow' and 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' - said: "I have always been an outsider. As a kid I identified with the monsters in the old horror films, like the 'Creature from the Blue Lagoon' and 'Frankenstein'."