Johnny Depp on being ‘boycotted from Bollywood’ amid ‘messy and unpleasant’ Amber Heard situation

Johnny Depp on being ‘boycotted from Bollywood’ amid ‘messy and unpleasant’ Amber Heard situation

Johnny Depp has opened up about being ‘boycotted’ by Hollywood in a new interview, amid his split from ex-wife Amber Heard.

The Pirates of the Caribbean actor, 58, was accused of domestic abuse by the Aquaman actress, 35, during their marriage, something he has firmly denied.

Speaking in a candid chat ahead of the release of his new film, Minamata – which has not been slated to come out yet – he shared his beliefs that the ‘unpleasant and messy situation’ between them has overshadowed his career.

The film follows real-life photographer W Eugene Smith, whose photos in Life magazine exposed the mercury poisoning of Japanese villagers in the early 1970s, with the star opening up about frustrations that MGM hasn’t offered a release date for it.

Lifting the lid on his new work, he told the Sunday Times: ‘Some films touch people. And this affects those in Minamata and people who experience similar things. And for anything … For Hollywood’s boycott of, erm, me? One man, one actor in an unpleasant and messy situation, over the last number of years?

‘But, you know, I’m moving towards where I need to go to make all that … To bring things to light.’

The movie was finished in 2019, with the studio yet to shed light on when it will hit the big screen, with many other films also shelved due to the global pandemic.

A statement released by MGM last month insisted that Minamata ‘continues to be among future releases and at this time, the film’s US release date is TBA’.

Depp also vowed that it would not be his last film, and expressed his gratitude for the fans who have stood by him during a rollercoaster few years.

‘They have always been my employers. They are all our employers. They buy tickets, merchandise. They made all of those studios rich, but they forgot that a long time ago,’ he added. ‘I certainly haven’t. I’m proud of these people, because of what they are trying to say, which is the truth. The truth they’re trying to get out since it doesn’t in more mainstream publications.

‘It’s a long road that sometimes gets clunky. Sometimes just plain stupid. But they stayed on the ride with me and it’s for them I will fight. Always, to the end. Whatever it may be.’

Depp’s rare interview comes months after he lost his bid to overturn a High Court ruling, following a landmark libel case which concluded he assaulted former partner Heard during their relationship.

The pair tied the knot in 2015 after meeting on the set of the Rum Diary, but announced their split the following year.

Following a hearing in March, the Court of Appeal, Lord Justice Underhill and Lord Justice Dingemans refused permission for him to appeal against the dismissal of his claim for libel against The Sun’s publisher News Group Newspapers and one of its journalists, after courts found that a column calling Mr Depp a ‘wife beater’ in 2018 was ‘substantially true’.

Announcing the ruling at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Lord Justice Underhill said: ‘We refuse Mr Depp’s application to admit further evidence in support of his proposed appeal and we conclude that the appeal has no real prospect of success and that there is no other compelling reason for it to be heard.