The libel case, which 58-year-old Johnny Depp lost in court (he was found guilty of beating 35-year-old ex-wife Amber Heard), cost the actor too much. And both literally and figuratively: Depp's reputation was severely damaged, and his acting career was under great threat.
The other day, Depp gave his first interview after the scandalous trial and said that he was boycotted in Hollywood — the last film with his participation, "Miniamata", has not yet been released in the United States.
We promised people that we would not exploit this story, that the film would be respectful. I believe that I have fulfilled my part of the deal, but those who joined the project later (the MGM company) must also fulfill their part. Some films touch people, and this affects those who live in Minamata, and people who experience similar things. And the film will not be shown in the cinema. Because Hollywood is boycotting me? Just one person, one actor got into an unpleasant and confusing situation over the past few years?
he said in an interview with The Times.
In the film, Depp played a military photographer, Eugene Smith, who shot a report in the Japanese city of Minamata, where an environmental disaster occurred in the 70s of the last century.
The film's director, Andrew Levitas, said that MGM is "burying" his film because of Depp's lawsuits.
Despite the scandal surrounding his name, next month Depp will be awarded at the San Sebastian Film Festival — he will be awarded the award for outstanding contribution to world cinema. His achievements will also be celebrated at the upcoming International Film Festival in Karlovy Vary.
Recall that Johnny Depp sued The Sun, which in 2018 published an article about the beating of his wife Amber Heard by the actor. The star of "Pirates of the Caribbean" called the publication a slander. After the testimony of Heard, who said in court that she was subjected to systematic domestic violence by her husband, Depp was found guilty of beating her.
The actor denies all the accusations against him and is not going to give up. Now he is seeking punishment for his ex-wife for embezzling seven million dollars received by her during the divorce, which, according to her, she gave to charity.