A Wisconsin boy admired the star's hat – and then gets it as a gift

By Stephen M. Silverman
June 18, 2008 11:20 AM

Johnny Depp is a cat in the hat one 12-year-old will never forget.

Playing 1930’s bank robber John Dillinger – American’s Most Wanted at the time – for his upcoming movie Public Enemies, Depp was shooting on location in Wisconsin in April when he was observed on the set by local boy Jack Taylor, who especially admired Depp/Dillinger’s hat.

In fact, the boy wanted the fedora, and asked the actor if he could have it. Depp, 45, said Taylor could, once the movie was finished.

Last week, reports the Oshkosh, Wis., newspaper the Northwestern, Depp made good on his promise. Taylor received the hat.

The leading man’s rep also included gifts for Taylor’s four siblings from Depp’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, as well as a note from the star himself, telling Jack to enjoy what was sent.

Now Taylor is at work on a thank-you note. His parents are helping.