One of the most interesting testimonies in the Depp vs. Heard defamation case came from DC's chief, Walter Hamada.
Though social media users overlooked Hamada's testimony, his testimony might break Amber Heard's case. The Hollywood Reporter broke down what happened in the courtroom on Tuesday, May 24, and how Hamada and Heard's statements clashed.
DC Films chief Walter Hamada told the jury that Heard almost lost her role in Aquaman, but not due to the reasons she presented to the jury.
Heard implied that Depp was behind the smear campaign to have her removed from Aquaman. Even in her final testimony, she said that many witnesses were on Depp's payroll. However, Hamada certainly is not among them.
The reason the studio considered for several weeks recasting Heard as Mera in the upcoming film Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, according to Hamada, was about the lack of chemistry between Heard and Jason Momoa, who stars as Aquaman.
Hamada simply told the jurors:
"The reality is it's not uncommon on movies for two leads to not have chemistry, and it's sort of movie magic and editorial — the ability to put performances with the magic of a great score and how you put the pieces together, you can fabricate that chemistry. At the end of the day, when you watch the movie, it looks like they have great chemistry."
Then he explained how postproduction fabricates connections between actors who do not have that chemistry.
Hamada explained that it took 2018's "a lot of effort" in postproduction to "fabricate" the chemistry between Mera and Aquaman in the first movie in 2018.
Hamada contradicted several of Amber's claims. Heard's team has claimed that her struggle to stay in the Warner Bros. sequel came from negative publicity due to Depp's abuse allegations against her. According to Heard and her team, that led to her role being significantly reduced.
According to numerous sources, Mera will be on screen for less than 10 minutes in the highly anticipated superhero sequel.
Hamada testified that the plan was that Mera wouldn't act as a romantic lead in the sequel. He said that "from the very early stages of development," Aquaman 2 was created as a "buddy comedy" between Momoa's Aquaman and the first film's villain, Patrick Wilson's Orm.
It was surprising to hear that Aquaman 2 is seen as a "buddy comedy," as James Wan, the movie's director, said he was inspired by Planet of the Vampires, an Italian horror from the 60s.
The director said the sequel would be darker than the first movie, but who are we to argue with DC Films chief Walter Hamada?
Heard testified that she "fought really hard to stay in the [sequel]" as "they didn't want to include me in the film." She also said, "They basically took a bunch out of my role."
It turns out that DC had other plans, and whether this "buddy comedy" approach will work, we have yet to see after the movie's released. The premiere is set for March 17, 2023.
We are waiting for the jury's decision, which might come on Tuesday.
Here's is Mr. Hamada's testimony: