Johnny Depp was to have earned $22.5 m for ‘Pirates’ 6

Johnny Depp was to have been paid $22.5 million for a sixth “Pirates of the Caribbean” film however the venture was scrapped by Disney after his ex-wife Amber Heard accused him of home abuse in a Washington Publish op-ed, the actor’s agent mentioned Monday. Jack Whigham, testifying on behalf of Depp on the celeb couple’s high-profile defamation trial in Virginia, mentioned the Publish op-ed was “catastrophic” for Depp’s Hollywood profession.

“After the op-ed it was unimaginable to get him a studio movie,” Whigham instructed the seven-person jury listening to the case in Fairfax County Circuit Court docket. Whigham, who has been Depp’s agent since 2016, mentioned {that a} deal had been reached with Disney for the actor to seem as Captain Jack Sparrow in a sixth installment of the profitable “Pirates” franchise.

“We closed the deal on $22.5 million,” he mentioned. However Disney determined to go in a “totally different path” following the December 2018 publication of the op-ed within the Publish, Whigham mentioned. “I efficiently made contact with them, however I used to be not profitable in rescuing Pirates for Johnny,” he mentioned. Depp filed a defamation case towards Heard over the column she wrote for the Publish by which she described herself as a “public determine representing home abuse.”

The 36-year-old Heard, who had a starring position in “Aquaman,” by no means named the 58-year-old Depp however he sued her for implying he was a home abuser and is in search of $50 million in damages. The Texas-born Heard countersued, asking for $100 million and claiming she suffered “rampant bodily violence and abuse” at his arms. Depp has denied ever being bodily abusive in the direction of Heard and has claimed on the trial that she was the one who was steadily violent. Whigham, underneath cross-examination by Heard’s legal professionals, mentioned the settlement with Disney on Depp’s compensation for one more “Pirates” film was “verbal” and there was no signed contract. “There was an understanding of what the deal was going to be,” he mentioned.

‘For his security’

Whigham additionally listed Depp’s compensation for quite a few different films he made in 2017. He mentioned he obtained $8 million for “Metropolis of Lies,” $10 million for Homicide on the Orient Categorical” and $13.5 million for “Incredible Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.” In 2018, Depp was paid $3.5 million for “The Professor,” an impartial movie, and $1 million for “Ready for the Barbarians,” one other indie film. In January 2019, he was to have been paid $3 million for a movie referred to as “Minamata,” the agent mentioned. “It was very, very troublesome to maintain Minamata collectively,” Whigham mentioned. “The financing grew to become shaky, the funds needed to come down, Johnny’s price got here down so as to save the film.”

Additionally testifying on Monday was Travis McGivern, a member of Depp’s safety staff. McGivern mentioned he was current for one argument between the couple at their Los Angeles penthouse throughout which Heard punched Depp within the face, threw a can of Purple Bull at him and spit at him. The bodyguard mentioned he escorted Depp out “for his security.” “My job is to make sure the security and well-being of my purchasers,” he mentioned. “It was time to do my job and get him out of there.” Depp filed the defamation grievance in america after shedding a separate libel case in London in November 2020 that he introduced towards The Solar for calling him a “wife-beater.”Depp, a three-time Oscar nominee, and Heard met in 2009 on the set of the movie “The Rum Diary” and have been married in February 2015. Their divorce was finalized two years later.—AFP

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