According to Variety, Disney broke connections with Johnny Depp a long time ago, including any future for his long-running role as Pirates of the Caribbean protagonist Captain Jack Sparrow, but Depp affirmed that this is still the case when addressing in court today.
Depp’s defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard is still ongoing, and while the witness, he addressed his future with Disney explicitly. Amber Heard’s lawyer asked Depp during cross-examination if he was actually “out as Jack Sparrow,” as reported in a Daily Mail piece in 2018.
“I wasn’t aware of that, but it doesn’t surprise me,” Depp testified. “Two years had gone by of constant worldwide talk about me being this wife-beater. So I’m sure that Disney was trying to cut ties to be safe. The #MeToo movement was in full swing at that point.”
“The fact is, Mr. Depp if Disney came to you with $300 million and a million alpacas, nothing on this earth would get you to go back and work on a Disney Pirates of the Caribbean film, correct?” asked Heard’s lawyer, Ben Rottenborn.
“That is true, Mr. Rottenborn,” Depp replied.
Heard and Depp had been at odds for a long period, with Heard first accusing Depp of abuse in 2016, just before the couple separated. In December 2018, Heard wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post that didn’t specifically mention Depp but alluded to him, and Depp’s lawsuit claims that the piece caused irreparable harm to his career.
“I’d be a complete moron not to believe that Ms. Heard’s statements had an impact on my career, whether or not they included my name,” Depp stated. “When it happened, I was out. I’ll keep it with me for the rest of my life, regardless of the outcome of this trial… I’m using her for slander and many fabrications that she utilized to put an end to my life.”
A new Pirates of the Caribbean picture is now in development, starring Margot Robbie, however, Disney has provided no fresh details regarding the plot or release date.