Tatiana Siegel has a tremendous profile of Johnny Depp up on The Hollywood Reporter today that essentially summarizes the professional downfall of Depp over the last couple of months, culminating in a decision by a U.K. court on November 2nd that went against Depp in his libel suit against The Sun over a story that called Depp a “wife beater.” The court not only ruled in favor of the tabloid but said that there was credible evidence proving most of Amber Heard’s allegations against Depp.
That ruling seemed to be the nail in the coffin of what was left of Depp’s tenuous career. He was fired from Fantastic Beasts (although, he was still paid $16 million); his closest ally in the business, Jerry Bruckheimer, dropped him from his Harry Houdini project; and the studio behind a small, independent starring Depp was pulled as the closing night film of the Polish Film Festival, where Depp was scheduled to speak.
At the end of a 13-year stretch where Depp earned around $650 million, his entire career seems to have gone up in smoke, thanks to drug and alcohol addictions, as well as an all-consuming ax to grind with his ex-wife. Siegel’s profile is engrossing and comprehensive, and Depp’s Brando-like fall is sure to turn into a biopic one day (after he’s dead), but here are a few highlight’s from Siegel’s piece:
— We all knew he was a raging misogynist, and we all knew about a lot of f**ked up texts, but this one — to Amber Heard’s former agent, Christian Carino — is beyond the pale:
[Heard is] begging for total global humiliation. She’s gonna get it. I’m gonna need your texts about San Francisco brother … I’m even sorry to ask … But she sucked [Elon Musk’s] crooked dick and he gave her some shitty lawyers … I have no mercy, no fear and not an ounce of emotion or what I once thought was love for this gold digging, low level, dime a dozen, mushy, pointless dangling overused flappy fish market … I’m so fucking happy she wants to fight this out!!! She will hit the wall hard!!! And I cannot wait to have this waste of a cum guzzler out of my life!!! I met fucking sublime little Russian here … Which makes me realize the time I blew on that 50 cent stripper … I wouldn’t touch her with a goddam glove.”
— I was also aware of a text exchange between Paul Bettany and Johnny Depp about “burning” and “drowning” Amber Heard and “f**king her corpse,” but Bettany’s response had never been put in context before, so I’ve been kind of hating on him. It looks like Bettany is trying to support Heard while being diplomatic with a friend who has clearly gone off the deep end:
Depp writes, “Let’s burn Amber!!!” To which Bettany, apparently taking it as a joke, responds, “Having thought it through I don’t think we should burn Amber — she’s delightful company and easy on the eye, plus I’m not sure she’s a witch. We could of course try the English course of action in these predicaments — we do a drowning test. Thoughts?” Depp adds, “Let’s drown her before we burn her!!! I will fuck her burnt corpse afterwards to make sure she’s dead.”
Yikes. It’s unclear what Bettany’s response to that was, though I hope it involved an attempt at an intervention or blocking his phone number.
— Depp has a Trump-like fanbase who will support him no matter what, and attack anyone who goes against him (read the unhinged remarks in Kayleigh’s Twitter mentions, for instance, after she’s written a piece about Depp). Like Trump, Depp will sue anyone who doesn’t remain loyal to him, including his own friends and colleagues:
“The abuse and drinking and drugging are one thing — certainly horrible — but then to top it off by going after the very people who were the closest business and personal relationships for years, shows a level of toxicity rarely seen,” says one industry figure who has faced off against Depp.
— Johnny Depp sued The Sun in the UK first because it’s much easier to win libel suits in England because the burden of proof is essentially on the publication to demonstrate the truth of their statements. Depp had hoped to win in the UK and use that victory to buoy his $50 million defamation suit against Heard in Virginia. Despite losing in his case against The Sun, however, Depp is moving ahead in what is probably an unwinnable case that will only serve to humiliate him and others around him even more. Depp will be compelled to provide communications between former romantic partners, which apparently includes “Angelina Jolie, Keira Knightley and Marion Cotillard.” (Jolie co-starred with Depp in 2010’s terrible The Tourist, but she was married to Brad Pitt at the time, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯).
— We all knew that Depp relied on earpieces because he refused to learn his lines, but I’m not sure we understood that it was to the extent that they were required by his rider (in addition to a $200,000 “exclusive assistant”), or that “Depp is so reliant on his earpiece that he promoted one of his previous sound technicians, Sam Sarkar, to CEO of his production company, Infinitum Nihil.”
— The piece also did remind me that — despite a career that is going up in flames — Depp is still the face of Dior’s Sauvage fragrance. In fact, I saw an ad during SNL over the weekend. Y’all, “sauvage” is maybe not a brand one wants to associate with a domestic abuser, but what do I know?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter