Over the past few decades, actor Johnny Depp has proved that he is a talented actor who has the ability to portray all sorts of complex characters. However, the actor’s successful career was doomed by controversies, that arose after his marriage with actress Amber Heard.
Due to domestic abuse allegations, Depp’s reputation took a massive hit. He was removed from several major projects, however, with the end of the publicized court battles, Depp is trying to find his way back into Hollywood. It was recently revealed that Depp may work with Disney once again to reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise but what attracts Depp to a film?
What does Johnny Depp expect when he reads a script?
In 2019, actor Johnny Depp appeared on the Zurich Film Festival Podcast and was asked what ignites his interest in a film script. The actor explained,
“You wanna be surprised by something. You look for something that’s not necessarily based on something that’s all-together, formulaic. You look for a character that someone has painstakingly written and offered you to play,” adding, “If I don’t try something that could be potentially disastrous, then I feel like I’m not doing enough of the work… I prefer when the studios are scared.”
The actor added that he looks for something that hasn’t been done before and is different, however, now the actor may have to accept any role considering the fact that Hollywood boycotted him due to his controversies.
Johnny Depp was accused of domestic abuse
Depp got married to actress Amber Heard in February 2015, however, their marriage was shortlived as Heard filed for divorce in May 2016. During the divorce proceedings, Heard claimed that Depp had abused her physically, something which he denied.
In 2018, Heard published an op-ed for The Washington Post, in which she claimed to be a victim of domestic abuse without mentioning the name of her abuser. Depp then filed a lawsuit against her for damaging his reputation. In June 2022, the jury declared Heard guilty and Depp was awarded $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages from Heard. During the lengthy court battles, a lot of shocking information came into the spotlight, which led to Depp’s removal from several major film projects.
Will Johnny Depp return as Captain Jack Sparrow?
Disney was one of the first firms to remove Johnny Depp from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise after the allegations surfaced. Now, there are rumors that Depp may return to the franchise, reprising his role as Captain Jack Sparrow.
However, some of his fans are not happy with the decision. The reason behind this is simple, Disney betrayed Depp and didn’t believe him when he denied the allegations. While some people hate the idea, some people are happy as Depp is the only actor who is associated with the iconic role, which also earned him a Golden Globe Award as well as an Academy Award nomination.
Source: Zurich Film Festival Podcast