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Johnny Depp Couldn’t Tame His Own Starpower, Ended Up Wrecking $4.5B Franchise: “Because of drama with Amber Heard and drinking”

Johnny Depp Couldn't Tame His Own Starpower, Ended Up Wrecking $4.5B Franchise: "Because of drama with Amber Heard and drinking"

One of Hollywood’s most iconic actors, Johnny Depp is renowned for his repertoire of eclectic and peculiarly intriguing roles. Be it a whimsical pirate or a bizarre chocolatier, the actor who holds three Academy Award nominations, has always left the audience bedazzled by his on-screen performances.

Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp

Even after a harrowing legal battle and a number of missed opportunities, Depp continues to remain one of the most beloved actors in the industry. At the same time though, he might have just been the catalyst behind his own downfall.

See also: Johnny Depp Fan Petition To Bring Him Back as Jack Sparrow Fails To Reach 1 Million Signatures, Dashing Hopes For the Return of Disney’s Prodigal Son to Iconic Pirates of the Caribbean Franchise

Pirates of the Caribbean – Did Johnny Depp Ruin His Own Future?

Out of all the projects that he has embarked upon in his career spanning almost four decades, Pirates of the Caribbean takes the cake for being his most triumphant one. After his debut as the eccentric Captain Jack Sparrow in 2003’s The Curse of the Black Pearl, Johnny Depp went on to reprise the role in four more commercially successful sequels. 

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But after he made headlines last year owing to his highly publicized defamation trial against ex-wife, Amber Heard, Disney decided to drop Depp from the billion-dollar franchise. Since Heard made some severe accusations against the 59-year-old, the studio deemed it necessary to extricate themselves from the actor to avoid risking the company’s reputation. Rumors, however, implied that the Depp’s relations with the franchise had soured down long before the trial due to his own indiscretions.
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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales 

According to THR, when Pirates of the Caribbean 6 was being shot, Depp’s “excessive drinking” paired with his constant drama and fights with the Aquaman actress posed serious hindrances for both him as well as the movie. The whole thing apparently got so out of hand that it was deemed as a total “train wreck.” Depp’s issues were also reportedly the reason behind the movie facing numerous delays.

While Depp has been known to be a drinker, he’s never been called a raging alcoholic, at least not by anybody but his ex-wife who also alleged him to be a “drug addict.” 

See also: Keira Knightley Refusing To Return to $6B Pirates Franchise After Disney Humiliated Johnny Depp? Actor Says Elizabeth Swann Has “Sailed away in brilliant style”


Will Johnny Depp Reprise His Role as Jack Sparrow?

The nasty and long-drawn court battle saw the Edward Scissorhands star emerge victorious against Heard and one can only imagine the regret Disney would be swimming in after that for dismissing perhaps one of its most valuable assets.

After the humiliation he was subjected to, Depp naturally refused to work with the studio again, claiming that he won’t be coming back for the sixth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. But one can always hope, much like Jerry Bruckheimer, who strongly wishes for the Donnie Brasco star’s return.

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Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow

See also: “I think we’ll have a great screenplay”: Pirates of the Caribbean Producer Teases He Wants Johnny Depp Back Amidst Rumors of $750M Dwayne Johnson Eyeing to Replace Him After Black Adam Failure

“I would love to have him in the movie,” the producer told ET at the 95th Academy Awards about bringing Depp back for Pirates of the Caribbean 6. But only time will tell if the project materializes with the leading man that everyone has been rooting for.

Source: Looper

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