Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are the talk of the internet as their latest legal battle is currently taking place. Depp has been gaining more and more support as he testifies and details emerge about various aspects of their marriage, including his severed fingertip and Heard literally pooping on his pillow. (You can’t make this up.)
Now he has admitted that Disney cut ties with him on the 6th Pirates of the Caribbean film, which has yet to be produced, over the allegations Heard had made. They wanted to stay safe from the drama around the actor. Meanwhile accusations were also made against Heard and she was not treated in the same way Depp was.
During the trial Depp said that Disney did drop him from the upcoming film just days after the piece was published.
Heard’s lawyer, Ben Rottenborn (yes that is his name), when not saying “hearsay” asked Depp about October 18th article from the Daily Mail that indicated that Depp was out of Pirates of the Caribbean.
To this Depp replied: “I wasn’t aware of that, but it doesn’t surprise me. Two years had gone by of constant worldwide talk about me being this wife beater. So I’m sure that Disney was trying to cut ties to be safe. The #MeToo movement was in full swing at that point.”
Depp mentioned that he is still the face of Captain Jack Sparrow across Disney, even if they didn’t bring him back for the next film, perhaps indicating that Disney didn’t feel strongly enough about his alleged guilt to remove him from merchandise.
“They didn’t remove my character from the rides. They didn’t stop selling dolls of Captain Jack Sparrow. They didn’t stop selling anything. They just didn’t want there to be something trailing behind me that they’d find.”
If they were so convinced he was guilty and wanted to distance themselves fully why didn’t they?
Heard’s lawyer then asked Depp if he would even return to Disney for the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise to which he said no.
Rottenborn: “The fact is, Mr. Depp, if Disney came to you with $300 million and a million alpacas, nothing on this earth would get you to go back and work with Disney on a ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ film? Correct?”
Depp: “That is true, Mr. Rottenborn.”
Well of course he wouldn’t. Disney removed him based on accusations alone to avoid bad press, but kept his likeness in the parks and on merchandise. I can’t say I blame him.
But all possibilities of Depp returning to the franchise are now gone. Disney should just stop while they are ahead on this one. I do not think Pirates films without Depp are going to perform all that well. Even a female led film.
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