During Johnny Depp’s legal battle against Amber Heard, Jack Sparrow was called to testify again. The first sued his ex-wife for defamation, after she accused him of domestic violence. After losing the first round of litigation in the UK, Depp decided to return with a defense seeking $50 million in damages, and a kind of cleanup for his personal and professional reputation.
Precisely his reputation has been the main damaged. Amber Heard’s accusations led to several movie studios turning their backs on her. In recent days, the lawyers present in the litigation brought up the damage caused in the actor’s relationship with Disney. Especially when it comes to his role as Jack Sparrow in the saga. Pirates of the Caribbean.
Amid the statements and questions from the lawyers, the actor confessed that he would not play the character again, even if Disney offered him “300 million dollars and 1 million alpacas.” His response took many viewers by surprise, who would expect to see the beloved pirate back on screen. Thus the media headlines were filled with the news that Johnny Depp would not play Jack Sparrow again.
However, yesterday during the cross-examination of the trial, the actor pointed out (via) who did indeed attempt to give the character a proper send-off. His lawyer, Jessica Meyers, said that Depp was still interested in the potential sixth installment of the pirate saga. An opportunity that Disney would have to deny, after closing the doors to him back in 2018.
“I had a feeling that these characters should be able to have their own send-off,” the actor explained. “There is a way to end a franchise of this type. I planned to continue until it was time to stop.”
After the premiere of the fifth installment in 2017, the creative team of the buccaneer saga approached Johnny Depp to include him in the script writing of the sixth film. The above denotes that both the studio and the actor were committed to continuing the saga. After several media headlines about Depp’s tortuous relationship with his ex-wife, Disney made the decision to place the project in a kind of limbo.
During the last days of the trial held in Fairfax Virginia, Amber Heard’s lawyers clarified that the study made such a decision, before the actress publicly accused him. The whole world and Depp learned of his dismissal from the saga, through an opinion piece in which a Disney executive was quoted. The defense of the actress tried to show that the histrion’s break with Mickey Mouse did not happen after Heard’s statements, but before it.
“I wasn’t aware of that, but I’m not surprised,” Depp replied. “It had been two years of constant talk around the world about me being a wife beater. So I’m sure Disney was trying to cut ties to be safe. The #MeToo movement was in full swing at the time.”
In any case, it does not seem that Depp is willing to resume his relationship with the study. Reason for rumors of an alleged spinoff, this time with a female lead. Margot Robbie sounded very strong as her potential favorite option, but nothing was confirmed, neither by Disney nor by the actress herself.
Johnny Depp still has a few days ahead of him on the stand. Next week is expected to be Amber Heard’s turn.
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