Depp’s lawyer revealed a loss amount of $22 million for not playing in Pirates of the Caribbean 6. After wrapping up filming the fifth movie in the franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge, which came out in 2017, Johnny Depp was set to return as Captain Jack Sparrow in the next movie as well. But apparently, it got canceled with Amber Heard, Johnny Depp’s ex-wife, taking it to Washington Post, claiming that Depp abuses her and their marriage is tumultuous.
As per a recent report, central to Depp’s $50 million defamation lawsuit is that the actor will have to prove that the hate speech caused him financial damage. One of the key tenets in his defense is his absence from what he believes was a hit movie: Pirates of the Caribbean.
Johnny Depp Signed A Sixth Pirates Of The Caribbean Film
Johnny Depp’s agent, Jack Whigham, testified in the highly-publicized trial between Depp and his ex-wife that they were close to signing the actor on for a sixth POC movie before Heard even accused him of being abusive. Whigham explained how pathetic it was having Heard’s account that she was abused by Depp specifically was for the actor’s career and why people were suddenly too scared to work with him.
He said that after the op-ed piece was released, getting Depp studio films were becoming challenging. In 2018 alone he received paychecks of $8 and $10 million for City of Lies and Murder on the Orient Express. But, in 2019 he received only $3 million for Minamata and hasn’t done a film since.
Heard’s Lawyer Pushed Johnny Depp’s Agent That The Actor Didn’t Have A Deal
On cross-examination, Bredehoft pushed Jack Whigham to agree that Depp never really had the deal on his hand during the editorial. To this, Depp’s agent conceded that the project was trending negatively but Jerry Bruckheimer was lobbying to make it happen. Whigham echoed that their lawyers then confirmed in early 2019 that Depp’s involvement wasn’t going to happen and were able to let them run with breaking this story first.
With that being said, people came to know of the abuse allegations against Depp after the couple had initially filed for separation, and there have been reports that Heard has been pushing for his exit from the franchise for a year. Bredehoft, to this, echoed that Disney had already started debating about whether or not it should cut ties with Depp even before the messages were made public.