“It wasn’t just erratic and violent behavior that destroyed one of the world’s most bankable stars. It was his insatiable thirst for revenge.” A few weeks after the verdict of the high court in London, it is a vitriolic portrait of Johnny Depp that the Hollywood Reporter draws up. After months of legal battle against the Sun and his ex-wife, Amber Heard, the comedian suffered a real legal setback by losing his libel case. In the process, he announced that the Warner Bros had asked him to “resign from [his] role of Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts”. Even if he appealed the judge’s decision, Johnny Depp now finds himself ostracized from Hollywood. In the space of four years, the actor went from star status to persona non grata. In the investigations carried out, his personality was criticized: violent man with the crazy expenses who sank into drug addiction.
“He’s just never been told no in the past 35 years. That’s typical in Hollywood. But I’ve never seen him so devastated,” a producer told The Hollywood Reporter. But is this situation reversible? “It really depends on Johnny’s choices. He still has a fan base that in many ways resembles Donald Trump’s with their emotional intensity and commitment to a star icon. It’s not principled. . It’s about charisma, and their identification of the range of characters he’s played, ”analyzes Eric Schiffer, a crisis public relations representative. Still, the film studios, after having often had to deal with the dark side of Johnny Depp, are cautious. “You just can’t work with him now. He’s radioactive,” even says one industry figure.
Johnny Depp soon again in court
A studio executive who has worked with Johnny Depp for the past few years says his inner demons have long loomed large in his professional life. According to him, the actor had become “a huge handicap” because of his frequent delays and his excessive follies. “The revelations that emerged from this trial alone would be enough to frighten any studio,” he says. Same story from an industry heavyweight: “Abuse, alcohol use and drugs are one thing – certainly horrible – but to top it off, preying on the very people who were the closest professional and personal relationships for years, shows a level of toxicity rarely seen. ” Despite all this, Johnny Depp does not want to give up. The comedian, who announced to appeal the decision, is also awaiting the start of his defamation trial against Amber Heard. A trial that promises to be even more intrusive … The end of his career?
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