Johnny Depp used to be cool, man! His name was synonymous with chiseled cheekbones, rock-star behavior, and interesting and "brave" movie choices, at least by Hollywood's standards. He was (and still is, kind of) the leading man in a huge blockbuster franchise. But the Pirates of the Caribbean movies have become as bloated and lifeless as a corpse dragged from the very sea those swashbucklers sail on. He has become embroiled in scandal after scandal, and Johnny Depp's recent movies are like a photocopy of a photocopy of his once bulletproof quirk-fest formula.
And among other things, it's become increasingly apparent that he… kind of sucks. There are plenty of reasons why Johnny Depp sucks. He's kind of mean, is a jerk, says things that are definitely not PC, and, in general, seems all around unpleasant. While this behavior might not affect Johnny Depp movies of the past, they probably should affect them in the future. Let's take a look at why Johnny Depp is a jerk.
He And Ex-Wife Amber Heard Are Caught In An Abuse Scandal
Depp and his now ex-wife Amber Heard had a tumultuous and ugly divorce racked by scandal and allegations of physical harm. Heard photographed bruises as evidence, and there were countless testimonies from friends of the couples that said the marriage was unhealthy, and the best course of action was divorce. Heard even went so far as to set up a camera and film Depp returning home in a drunken stupor, smashing up kitchen cabinets, seemingly gearing up for a fight.
In March 2019, however, Depp filed a $50 million suit against Heard for falsely accusing him of physically mistreating her. Depp is defended by "two separate responding police officers, a litany of neutral third-party witnesses, and 87 newly obtained surveillance camera videos," according to official court documents. Depp has even gone so far as to allege that he is the one who endured marital torment and that Heard falsified her claims in order to become a prominent face of the #MeToo movement.
He Reportedly Punched A Crew Member On The Set Of 'City Of Lies'
Gregg "Rocky" Brooks, a locations manager on Depp's film City of Lies, sued Depp for allegedly punching him twice in the ribs. Brooks filed the 14-page claim in Los Angeles on July 9, 2018. The assault ostensibly happened after Brooks tried to wrap up shooting outside the Barclay Hotel; the crew had already extended the curfew, and the film's director, Brad Furman, reportedly told Brooks "Why don't you tell that to Johnny Depp," about wrapping the day.
According to the document, Brooks tried to talk to an on-site police officer instead, but Depp intervened and reportedly said, "Who the f*ck are you? You have no right to tell me what to do! I don't give a f*ck who you are and you can't tell me what to do." Brook alleges that Depp punched him after this tirade. Brook says Depp then went on and said, "I will give you $100,000 to punch me in the face right now," and he was escorted off set.
Brooks also claims Depp's breath "reeked of alcohol" during the encounter.
He Compared Being Famous To Being Raped
Johnny Depp made a spectacularly ignorant statement to Vanity Fair in 2011, claiming that experiencing fame was akin to sexual assault: '"You just feel like you're being raped somehow," he said. "Raped… It feels like a kind of weird… just weird, man."' Fame is a double-edged sword, for sure. But there's never a need to minimize the actual act of rape by comparing your lack of privacy to it.
He Took His Dogs To Australia Without Proper Paperwork Or Authorization - Forcing The Dogs To Almost Be Killed
The fault for this shitty behavior falls on both Depp and ex-wife Amber Heard. Depp was filming the fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise in Australia where Heard was supposed to visit, accompanied by their pet terriers Boo and Pistol. Heard had begun the paper work and required rabies shots to get the dogs legally cleared to enter the country, but she fired a staff member who was supposed to be in charge of said paperwork. Despite having clearance, they brought their dogs, which obviously angered Australian authorities. The pair were ordered to remove their dogs from Australia or risk having them put down.
The decision making process that lead to the dog-smuggling via private jet is unclear, but the pair were caught. Depp made reference to the debacle at the 2015 Venice Film Festival with a bizarre "joke," saying that he "killed and ate his dogs". That's not creepy at all. Heard and Depp went on to film a bizarre YouTube apology about the incident.