Johnny Depp has opened up about how Hollywood “boycotted” him following allegations by Aquaman star Amber Heard.
The last few years have been tumultuous for Johnny Depp, one of Hollywood’s most popular and highest-paid stars. After a publicized and lengthy divorce from Amber Heard, he was the subject of numerous allegations from his ex-wife. Labeled by The Sun as a “wife-beater” and ostracized by most of the media, Depp was eventually let go and replaced from his Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them role. Since then, his career has taken a clear negative turn.
Speaking with The Sunday Times, Johnny Depp opened up about how he feels about Hollywood’s “boycott” of him. The Pirates of the Caribbean star also revealed how the boycott impacts his upcoming film Minamata, which doesn’t have a release date in the United States.
“We looked these people in the eyeballs and promised we would not be exploitative. That the film would be respectful. I believe that we’ve kept our end of the bargain, but those who came in later should also maintain theirs. Some films touch people. And this affects those in Minamata and people who experience similar things. And for anything…for Hollywood’s boycott of me? One man, one actor in an unpleasant and messy situation, over the last number of years?”
“But, you know, I’m moving towards where I need to go to make all that…to bring things to light.”
Though Johnny Depp doesn’t explicitly mention it, he’s likely referring to his fallout with Aquaman star Amber Heard. Their legal battles are still continuing, with no particular end in sight. It’s unclear when Depp’s Minamata will hit cinemas stateside, though the film has been released internationally. The once-beloved star doesn’t have any high-profile roles slated for the future, so perhaps big studios are boycotting him. As for Heard? She’s currently working on Aquaman 2, which is in production in the United Kingdom.
Source: The Sunday Times