Johnny Depp, the Hollywood actor who lost a libel case last year over an article labelling him a ‘wife-beater,’ claimed that the industry is boycotting him.
According to Variety, during a recent interview with The Sunday Times, the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ star discussed Hollywood’s treatment of him and the status of his film ‘Minamata’ in the United States.
“Some films have an effect on people, and this has an effect on those in ‘Minamata’ and on those who have similar experiences…And for what? For Hollywood’s boycott of me? For one man, one actor in an unpleasant and messy situation for a number of years?” he asked.
For the uninformed, Depp lost a libel suit against British tabloid The Sun last year after the newspaper referred to him as a ‘wife beater’ in an article about him and ex-wife Amber Heard. The court determined that the newspaper established that the article’s content was’substantially true,’ and the judge determined that 12 of the 14 alleged incidents of domestic violence occurred. Depp also lost an appeal in March to overturn the High Court ruling.
Following the incident, Warner Bros. dropped the actor from the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ franchise and replaced him with Mads Mikkelsen in the role of the evil wizard Grindelwald.
Despite the controversy surrounding him, Depp has not given up hope.
“Moving in the direction that I need to go in order to accomplish all of that… to bring things to light,” he added.
Returning to his film ‘Minamata,’ it had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in February but has not yet been released in the United States.
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