Johnny Depp Says Disney Cut Him From Pirates of the Caribbean Franchise ‘To Be Safe’

Posted 2022/04/22 6 0


The ongoing defamation trial between Johnny Depp and ex-wife Amber Heard continues to reveal more insight (via Variety) into the behind-the-scenes goings-on of franchise filmmaking, with proceedings revealing that Disney likely wanted to drop him from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies before Heard’s op-ed alluding to her abuse claims had even been published. While under questioning, Depp stated that the studio removed him from Pirates of the Caribbean 6 days after Heard’s article.

However, the actor was then informed by Heard’s attorney during cross-examination that the Daily Mail had run an article in October 2018, two months before Amber Heard’s op-ed, which reported that Depp was apparently “out as Jack Sparrow.”

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“I wasn’t aware of that, but it doesn’t surprise me,” Depp said in response. “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.”

According to Johnny Depp, Disney must have already become wary of his involvement in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, which he has led as Captain Jack Sparrow since Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl in 2003, due to ongoing discussions of him being a “wife beater.” Heard first accused Depp of domestic violence when she filed for a restraining order back in 2016, and clearly, Depp believes that this, and the conversations that followed, is what caused the studio to part ways with him.

Depp went on to state that “there was not a molecule of truth to” the allegations. “The advice I was given was to not fight it,” Depp continued. “I wasn’t given much of a choice.”

Johnny Depp Has Stated That He Will Never Return to the Pirates of the Caribbean Franchise

Johnny Depp is currently in the process of suing ex-wife Amber Heard for $50 million. Depp claims that Heard’s op-ed has seriously damaged his career, with the actor removed from not only the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise but also Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them at Warner Bros. The actor also claims that Heard’s allegations have been fabricated and that he was the one being abused.

During the trial, Depp has now stated that he will never return to the Pirates of the Caribbean, saying that there is nothing that Disney could do to tempt him to reprise the role of Jack Sparrow in a sixth installment. “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?” Heard’s attorney Ben Rottenborn asked Depp during the proceedings.

“That is true, Mr. Rottenborn,” Depp replied. “I would be a real simpleton to not think that there was an effect on my career based on Ms. Heard’s words, whether they mentioned my name or not,” Depp said, adding that he believes his career was “done” from “the second the allegations were made against me.”

“Once that happened, I lost then,” the actor continued. “No matter the outcome of this trial, I’ll carry that for the rest of my days… I’m suing her over defamation and the various falsities that she used to bring my life to an end.”

The trial continues.

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