“I ruined 15 takes”: Johnny Depp’s Co-Star Gwyneth Paltrow Risked Getting Fired After Constantly Laughing at Him in $47 Million Flop

"I ruined 15 takes": Johnny Depp's Co-Star Gwyneth Paltrow Risked Getting Fired After Constantly Laughing at Him in $47 Million Flop
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Gwyneth Paltrow may be killer on-screen, but it takes some 15-20 takes on-set to get there. During a previous interview, Paltrow, who won the Academy Award for Shakespeare in Love, revealed how she risked getting from 2015, starring Johnny Depp in the lead role. It was Depp’s mustache that put the actress in trouble, who almost gagged after kissing the Pirates of the Caribbean star, admitting that it took almost 15 takes before wrapping up the kissing scene.

Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow

It Was Johnny Depp’s Mustache, Not Joker’s Syndrome

Gwyneth Paltrow revealed during an interview that she risked getting fired from a 2015 movie due to excessive laughing, which resulted in 15 takes, leaving the crew irritated and hopeless. During an appearance on The Rachael Ray Show, the Proof actress recalled her time on the set of David Koepp-directed Mortdecai, also starring  Johnny Depp in the lead role, Charlie Mortdecai.

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Gwyneth Paltrow and Johnny Depp in Mortdecai (2015)
Gwyneth Paltrow and Johnny Depp in Mortdecai (2015)

The $47 million movie, which was adapted from the novel series of the same name, did face a lot of turbulence before becoming a major flop. Gwyneth, who played Depp’s wife, Johanna Mortdecai in the movie, expressed how she ruined 15 takes as she struggled to kiss Johnny Depp and his crazy mustache. She said:

“She doesn’t like the mustache (the wife) and she tries to work it out, and she tries to make out with him, but the mustache makes her gag. Johnny Depp’s character has an automatic gag reflex, so if someone gags, he gags!

And honestly, I ruined probably 15 takes which was funny at first, until you look around and the crew is like ‘oh my God…’ And I honestly was digging my nails into my skin to not laugh by the end of the thing!”

Johnny Depp in Mortdecai
Johnny Depp in Mortdecai

Paltrow revealed that she laughed so much during this scene that she was afraid she was going to get fired from the film. It wasn’t the Joker’s syndrome after all. But, the actress did confess that she wanted the scene to be as steamy as the one with Penelope Cruz in Blow. Depp’s movie, however, ended up as a major flop,  grossing only $47 million against a budget of $60 million.

Mortdecai Was Aggressively Strange & Wilfully Unfunny

Gwyneth Paltrow may have had some funny instances off-screen, but the 2015 movie didn’t justify Kyril Bonfiglioli’s novel. Mortdecai is based on Lord Charlie Mortdecai, an ‘art dealer’ and swindler, who gets accosted by a gangster, Fang Jock, who becomes one of his victims. The movie was a major box office flop and was pulled from 2,395 theaters, making it the 10th biggest theatre drop in history at the time.


While Gwyneth’s retakes got nothing to do with David Koepp’s failure, Daily Telegraph termed the 2015 movie as Johnny Depp’s “worst film ever”. Rotten Tomatoes called it “aggressively strange and willfully unfunny,” further expressing that the misguided movie sounds like a “frightfully low note in Johnny Depp’s post-Pirates filmography.”

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Gwyneth Paltrow's Mortdecai was a box office flop
Gwyneth Paltrow’s Mortdecai was a box office flop

The movie ended up as Johnny Depp’s fifth consecutive opening weekend bomb, especially after the failure of Transcendence and The Lone Ranger. The actor, on the other hand, was loud and clear, as he said, he “doesn’t give a f**k” about how well his movies do at the box office.


Mordecai’s failure didn’t really bother Johnny Depp, but his life turned upside down after his marriage to Amber Heard, and what happened next, was witnessed by an international audience. Heard called Depp a “wife beater” in an op-ed, which cost him his reputation and career.

Mortdecai can be rented or purchased on Apple TV.

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I am Mallika Singh, a lawyer and writer by profession. Writing gives me a sense of freedom and independence. I am a keen observer and an ardent reader. When not at work, you can find me at the stable. Horse riding is another passion that keeps me going.