MOVIE NEWS – Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s juicy little family feud is bringing some exciting surprises to the audience: we find out how much Depp would have gotten for Caribbean 6, and there are plenty of funny moments…
Johnny Depp can put a dollar figure on how much it cost him to lose the role of Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean. Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard are in the middle of a lawsuit as each ex-spouse accuses the other of domestic violence. Depp says he had already been in talks with Disney about returning to Pirates of the Caribbean 6 before Heard made public what he says are false allegations against him.
Johnny Depp’s talent manager Jack Whigham was also on the witness stand during the trial. He claimed that sometime around 2016, a verbal agreement was made with Disney boss Sean Bailey and producer Jerry Bruckheimer to bring Depp back for another Pirates of the Caribbean sequel.
According to Whigham, Depp would have been paid $22.5 million to return.
Bailey was described as “non-committal” about the project after the opinion piece made headlines, but although Bruckheimer was reportedly more optimistic, all concerned knew that Pirates of the Caribbean 6 was off the table soon after.
“It was trending badly in the late fall on behalf of Disney, but Jerry Bruckheimer and I were lobbying to make it happen. So we had hope. It became very clear in early 2019 that it was over,” Whigham said, according to Insider.
In a previous statement, Depp said that he learned of his dismissal from the franchise just days after Heard published an opinion piece in The Washington Post describing himself as a victim of domestic violence. According to Whigham, the opinion piece had a “catastrophic” effect on Depp’s career, who has been taking lower-paying roles in indie films since late 2018, as the more significant offers seemed to dry up quickly.
Johnny Depp said on the witness stand that he felt “betrayed” that Disney had cut ties with him over the unproven allegations. Because he felt this way, Depp also said that he could not imagine ever returning to Disney to work on Pirates of the Caribbean Part 6, even if the company offered him “$300 million and a million alpacas”. The actor would have loved to say a fitting farewell to his character, but that’s no longer an option now that the ship has sailed.
Who has seen Johnny Depp’s genitals?
In court, Johnny Depp and others laughed in his defamation lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard when the actor’s security guard was asked if he had ever seen the actor’s penis, reports The Toronto Sun. On Thursday, Depp’s bodyguard Malcolm Connolly took the witness stand to expound on what happened when the star was in Australia in 2015 while filming the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
During cross-examination, Heard’s lawyer, who appeared in the courtroom via live video link, asked Connolly if he saw Depp urinating in the lobby.
However, when Heard’s lawyer followed up with a question about whether Connolly had seen Depp’s penis, Depp audibly laughed and finally paused in his attempt to use the trial as an exercise in his artistic skills.
“Mr. Depp was trying to urinate in the foyer, wasn’t he?” the lawyer asked. When Connolly, who still works for Johnny Depp, replied, “No,” Depp’s laughter gave the rest of the courtroom permission to laugh at the alleged traumatic experience of Heard, who sat silent and bored.
Heard’s lawyer was undaunted as he continued, “Mr. Depp had his penis out, didn’t he?” before interrupting his questions with an objection on relevance, which was overruled.
“I think I would remember if I’d seen Mr. Depp’s penis,” Connolly joked. At this, Johnny Depp laughed even harder.
Depp is suing Heard for $50 million in a defamation lawsuit to correct the public image of him as a “wife-beater” and to stand up for his children. In her testimony, the Pirates of the Caribbean actor claimed that after a 2015 article in which Heard made “made some quite heinous and disturbing” allegations that he would become violent towards her during their relationship and he wanted to “clear [his] name.”
The case is in its third week of trial in state court in Fairfax County, Virginia. It is expected to last six weeks, with Heard scheduled to testify this week.
Courtroom Moment: The courtroom laughed at the response of #JohnnyDepp's bodyguard when asked about Depp allegedly urinating in his foyer at his Australia home and his penis. @LawCrimeNetwork pic.twitter.com/QXTIFX4s3f
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