Michael Keaton in Birdman. Fox Searchlight

Birdman is on an award-winning spree and an Oscar favourite for the best film of 2014. But it is interesting to note that this critically acclaimed film had a different ending - which was eventually scrapped - an ending that featured Johnny Depp.

During Jeff Goldsmith's podcast, Birdman co-writer Alex Dinelaris discussed the original ending for the film. (via The Film Stage)

Warning: Birdman movie spoilers below

"So we had one other ending that was satirical," said Alex Dinelaris.

"The other ending was that he shoots himself on the stage. The camera comes around to the audience and their standing ovation — all the way around, like Chivo [Emmanuel Lubezki] and Alejandro did the whole time — and the segue was back on to the stage and on the stage was like James Lipton or Charlie Rose and Michael [Keaton] was sitting across from him and he's sort of reading the review. He's saying, 'Oh my God, you got this tremendous review' and Michael is like, 'Yeah.'"

Adding that they would brush past that, the writer went on to reveal, "then the camera prowled like it did the whole film, went back stage through the halls we've seen the whole time and we'd get to the dressing room where literally Johnny Depp would be sitting looking in the mirror and putting on his Riggan Thomson wig and then the poster of Pirates of the Caribbean 5 would be in the back. In Jack Sparrow's voice [it would say], 'What the fuck are we doing here, mate?' It was going to be the satire of the endless loop of that."

Dinelaris concluded on a humorous note by saying that they "couldn't get Johnny Depp or even the poster."