Hollywood celebrity Johnny Depp, is expressing for the first time since losing his defamation trial to ex-wife, Amber Heard. In an interview with The Sunday Times, the actor narrated his legal situation and claimed being boycotted by the Hollywood movie industry as his latest movie ‘Minamata’ is yet to get a release in the United States.
Depp, who was impeached of domestic violence by his ex-wife, named his fall from Hollywood’s good charms an “absurdity of media mathematics.”
“Some films touch people and this affects those in ‘Minamata’ and people who experience similar things,” Depp explained of the Andrew Levitas-directed movie, which stars him as W Eugene Smith, an American photojournalist who assisted to expose the devastating influence of mercury poisoning on coastal societies in Japan in the 1970s.
“And for anything…. for Hollywood’s boycott of me? One man, one actor in an unpleasant and messy situation, over the last number of years?” he added.
The interview marked the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ celebrity’s first exchange after losing his libel case against British newspaper The Sun, which named him a “wife-beater” in an article.
Last year, the court decreed that the newspaper verified the content of its article to be “substantially true,” and the judge found that 12 of the 14 likely incidents of domestic violence had occurred.
Following the court’s ruling, Depp, vacated his main role in Warner Bros’ ‘Fantastic Beasts’ franchise, while MGM reportedly stopped the US release of ‘Minamata’.
“(We) looked those people in the eyeballs and promised we would not be exploitative. That the film would be respectful. I believe that we’ve kept our end of the bargain, but those who came in later should also maintain theirs,” Depp explained about the delay in the film’s release.
He continued saying that he is “moving towards where I need to go to make all that… to bring things to light.”
The actor, nonetheless, is also uncovering some support in the global movie industry as the San Sebastian Film Festival has stood by its judgment to honour Depp with their top prize, the Donostia Award, a lifetime achievement honour that recognises “outstanding contributions to the film world.”
The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic also announced it would dedicate Depp and “recognize and pay tribute to the acclaimed actor’s extensive career and lasting legacy on the film industry globally.”