Actor Johnny Depp hasn’t exactly had a banner year. In fact, between his libel lawsuit loss against the UK’s Sun newspaper, highly publicized drama with ex-wife Amber Heard, and firings from both Warner Bros. and Walt Disney Studios, it’s safe to say your 2020 is probably looking pretty peachy in comparison.
Now, amid reports that the eccentric actor was allegedly taking ecstasy pills while shooting at least one of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies — for which he became famous playing the equally eccentric Captain Jack Sparrow — news has also broken that he once sustained an injury that cost Disney millions of dollars.
In an in-depth report regarding Depp’s alleged behavior in recent years, The Hollywood Reporter shares:
…[Depp] embarked on a campaign of terror aimed at Heard. It culminated with the tip of his finger being sliced off, which resulted in his being flown back to Los Angeles for surgery. Pirates was forced to shut down production for two weeks, costing the studio some $350,000 a day. Depp claimed that Heard threw a bottle of alcohol at him, injuring his finger.
The alleged incident occurred in Australia while Depp was shooting the latest installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017).
THR’s article culminates with this unfortunate assessment:
…Depp has spiraled from an A-list star responsible for more than $10 billion in worldwide box office to Hollywood persona non grata, beginning when Heard’s abuse allegations first surfaced in 2016 and continuing through a scorched-earth legal strategy that has seen him sue everyone in his path. The result is a tsunami of tabloid fodder as sensitive texts, emails and drug-fueled and violent anecdotes spilled out into the public view. Despite multiple attempts to contact him, Depp could not be reached for comment.
At this time, Disney seems to have no plans to move forward with Johnny Depp starring in the upcoming sixth Pirates of the Caribbean film. Instead, reports indicate that actress Margot Robbie will take over as the face of the franchise.
What do you think about Johnny Depp’s ‘implosion’ over the course of the last several years?