Johnny Depp Says Hollywood Is Boycotting Him
Johnny Depp has shared his belief that Hollywood is “boycotting” him due to his “unpleasant and messy” legal and personal issues.
The 58-year-old actor has been caught in legal disputes with his ex-wife, Amber Heard, since their divorce in 2017.
In 2020 Depp lost a lawsuit against British newspaper The Sun, after the outlet labelled him a “wife beater”. Depp resigned his role in the Fantastic Beasts franchise after the ruling and requests from Warner Bros. His later attempt to appeal the case was rejected.
Depp is now pressing a $50 million defamation lawsuit against Heard after an article she wrote in the Washington Post. Heard has countersued for $100 million.
Now, in an interview with The Sunday Times, Depp has addressed the backlash on his career for the first time.
“Some films touch people and this affects those in Minamata and people who experience similar things.” Said Depp. “Some films touch people and this affects those in Minamata and people who experience similar things. And for anything – for Hollywood’s boycott of me?”
“One man, one actor in an unpleasant and messy situation, over the past number of years? But, you know, I’m moving towards where I need to go to make all that – to bring things to light.”
His comments came following MGM’s alleged decision to suppress their new film ‘Minamata‘. In a letter from director Andrew Levitas, the studio was accused of placing more importance in “an actor’s personal life” than the suffering of Minamata’s victims.
Minamata is based on the true story of the mass mercury poisoning of citizens in Minamata, Japan. The poisoning was covered-up for years.
Minamata was scheduled for release in February but was never released. No new US release date has been announced.
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