If you are a movie lover who does not care about celebrities and their lives, you must be wondering what would have happened if Depp had been allowed to finish his role in the Pirates of The Caribbean.
During the cross-examination in a defamation trial in Virginia, the actor said he wanted to continue making Pirates of the Caribbean films and give a "proper goodbye" to Jack Sparrow.
Depp alleges that he had lost the role after his ex-wife, Amber Heard, wrote an op-ed about domestic abuse for Washington Post in 2018. The franchise then dropped him, and Depp is now seeking $50 million in damages.
Heard's attorney Ben Rottenborn asked whether Depp had been fired before the op-ed ran. The lawyer also asked Depp about statements that he was unhappy with the franchise.
While questioned by Depp's attorney Jessica Meyers, the actor said:
"My feeling was that these characters should be able to have their proper goodbye."
Depp continued his testimony:
"There's a way to end a franchise like that… I planned on continuing until it was time to stop."
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the fifth part, was released in 2017. Depp claimed that he was in talks with a creative team to take part in the writing of the future sequels.
Rottenborn asked Depp whether he was aware that Daily Mail wrote he was fired two months before the op-ed. The publication claimed that "financial issues and personal dramas" influenced Disney.
Depp stated that he "wasn't aware of that, but it doesn't surprise me." The actor then explained:
"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."
In another article, released a few days after the op-ed, a Disney executive claimed they would recast the role of Jack Sparrow. Depp expressed his confusion:
"I didn't quite understand how after that long relationship, and quite a successful relationship certainly for Disney, that suddenly I was guilty until proven innocent."
Depp has since said he would refuse to do another Pirates film even if Disney paid him "$300 million and a million alpacas." On redirect, Depp highlighted that the comment came well after being fired.
During the cross-examination, the actor was asked about the messages from 2015. The texts Depp wrote to his assistant claimed that he no longer wished to work on the franchise. However, the actor claims he was venting, expressing that the script was "not up to snuff."
During his testimony, he said:
"My anger is that the screenplay was very lazily written, and I had to rewrite it."
Johnny took pride in his version of Jack Sparrow, testifying:
"I incorporated my notes into the character and brought that character to life, much to the chagrin of Disney initially."
He then cleared the air regarding the rumors about Jack Sparrow:
"I believed in the character wholeheartedly, and initially, the Disney folks were somewhat upset."
Since his first day on the stand, Depp claimed he had never hit a woman. Amber Heard's lawyers relied on "verbal abuse and references to physical fights."
In one clip played for the jury, Heard said she left Depp "after you beat the shit out of me."
In another, Heard said, "put your cigarettes out on someone else," and Depp responded, "Shut up fat ass."
Among the most disturbing messages were those between Depp and actor Paul Bettany. Depp said he and Bettany referenced Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
He added that it was "irreverent and abstract humor."
Amber Heard will testify, most likely, this week. It will be interesting to see what she has to say about allegations that she was the abuser and to see who will show up to testify in her defense.