Following Johnny Depp’s infamous trial win in early June, Disneyland Paris held a Captain Jack Sparrow light-show extravaganza, in direct opposition to their franchise ‘boycott’ of the actor.
The defamation case took over the internet this summer, and was primarily filed in conjunction with an op-ed that indirectly accused Depp of domestic abuse. The op-ed, which was published in The Washington Post back in 2018, was ruled as directly contributing to Depp’s Hollywood ostracization, resulting in him losing out on high profile roles such as Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beasts films, and his long-standing role as the lead protagonist of the Pirates of the Caribbean series.
The sixth film in the franchise was supposed to net the actor a whopping $22.5 million, according to Depp’s manager Jack Whigham. Disney, however, washed their hands of Depp following the op-ed – a situation that the actor commented on during the well-publicized trial, when he was questioned on the mega-corporation cutting him loose.
“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,” he stated. “The #MeToo movement was in full swing at that point.”
He also confirmed that the company, despite cutting off the actor for ‘moral reasons’, continued to profit from Depp’s persona on merchandise, Disneyland rides, and more. “They didn’t remove my character from the rides,” he explained to the court.
“They didn’t stop selling dolls of Captain Jack Sparrow. They didn’t stop selling anything. They just didn’t want there to be something trailing behind me that they’d find.”
It also seemed that Depp was disgruntled with the media giant, expressing a disinterest in accepting any amount of money from Disney for rejoining the series – a notion brought to light during Depp’s cross-questioning.
“The fact is, Mr. Depp, if Disney came to you with $300 million and a million alpacas, nothing on this earth would get you to go back and work with Disney on a Pirates of the Caribbean film?” asked one of Amber Heard’s attorneys, Benjamin Rottenborn.
Depp replied: “That is true, Mr. Rottenborn.”
In an interview with The Times ahead of the release of Top Gun: Maverick, producer Jerry Bruckheimer confirmed two Pirates scripts were still in the works. “Not at this point. The future is yet to be decided,” he said, regarding Depp’s casting.
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