Would you cast Johnny Depp as a blockbuster villain?
The actor has a reputation for terrorizing his own sets. In 2017, The Hollywood Reporter cited sources close to the production of the fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise with “tales of excessive drinking, physical fights with [Amber] Heard and constant lateness on set, which often left hundreds of extras waiting for hours at a time.” Last May, Page Six reported that Depp had allegedly attacked a location manager on the set of City of Lies, which has since been indefinitely postponed. “According to court filings, Depp is accused of punching location manager Gregg ‘Rocky’ Brooks after Brooks informed the star that an upcoming take would have to be the last outdoor shot for the night as their permit was about to expire,” The Daily Beast reported. “However, crew members who were there insist it never escalated beyond a verbal confrontation and no punches were ever thrown.”
But the most damning allegations against Depp came from his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard. In May 2016, Heard filed for divorce. She requested—and was granted—a temporary restraining order against Depp. In a court filing, Heard stated that, “During the entirety of our relationship, Johnny has been verbally and physically abusive to me.”
“Johnny has a long-held and widely-acknowledged public and private history of drug and alcohol abuse,” the declaration continued. “He has a short fuse. He is often paranoid and his temper is extremely scary for me as it has proven many times to be physically dangerous and/or life-threatening to me.”
Heard also submitted photographs of her bruised face, and of alleged property damage, as evidence. Depp responded through his lawyer, saying, in part, “Amber is attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse.” Heard and Depp eventually reached a $7 million divorce settlement, with Heard donating the full sum to the American Civil Liberties Union and the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Johnny Depp, the allegedly abusive man with a history of unprofessionalism and drunken antics, appeared to emerge professionally unscathed, holding on to the role of wizard-villain Gellert Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. The second installment of the Fantastic Beasts franchise opens on Friday.