Johnny Depp has been through some tumorous time in the past few years. His scandal with ex-wife Amber Heard has taken a massive toll on his career, along with putting him in a heap of legal battles. Now, the actor has revealed that Hollywood is actively boycotting him, saying that his upcoming movie Minamata hasn’t yet hit the theatres in the United States. He calls his fall from grace in Hollywood an “absurdity of media mathematics”.
In an interview with The Sunday Times, the Pirates of the Caribbean star discussed Minamata in detail. However, it was impossible for him not to discuss the ordeal he has been facing for some years. Depp revealed that he has had “surreal five years” since his fallout from the Hollywood fraternity. After Depp lost the libel case in the UK, against the British tabloid The Sun which labeled him a “wife-beater,” MGM shelved Minamata. However, Depp’s misery continued as he was forced to resign from the role of Grindelwald from the Fantastic Beasts franchise.
Johnny Depp explained how he was ostracized, saying that Hollywood boycotted him. He said:
I looked those people in the eyeballs and promised we would not be exploitative. That the film would be respectful. I believe that we’ve kept our end of the bargain, but those who came in later should also maintain theirs.
Moreover, Johnny Depp also addressed his own predicament and standing in Hollywood:
Some films touch people and this affects those in Minamata and people who experience similar things. And for anything … for Hollywood’s boycott of me? One man, one actor in an unpleasant and messy situation, over the last number of years?
Despite that, Johnny Depp is striving to make his life better, as he says he is:
moving towards where I need to go to make all that … to bring things to light.
Despite the controversy, Johnny Depp still has supporters
Johnny Depp has had to face much more than the loss of a libel case. But, he still has some form of support in the industry, no matter how minuscule. The San Sebastian and Karlovy Vary Film Festivals celebrated the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory star, despite receiving criticism from all fronts. So much so that they gave the 58-year-old a lifetime achievement award for his contributions to the industry. The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival said they would celebrate the legacy of, Johnny Depp, as they:
…recognize and pay tribute to the acclaimed actor’s extensive career and lasting legacy on the film industry globally.