The illustrious actor Johnny Depp was once one of the biggest movie stars in the world, dominating the screen in an array of different characters for over 3 decades.
His name alone could attract audiences and he was in high demand for some of the biggest franchises in the world. Some of his biggest movies include Pirates of the Caribbean, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland, Edward Scissorhands, and Sleepy Hollow.
But despite a resume that would shine like a golden sunrise, since Depp's very public separation from actress Amber Heard, the fifty-eight-year-old claims he is being boycotted by Hollywood. In a recent interview with The Sunday Times, Depp discussed his life after he lost the libel suit last November against U.K outlet The Sun after they referred to him as a "wife-beater."
In his latest film Minamata, Depp plays the real-life photographer W Eugene Smith. In an ironic twist, Smith fights for redemption in the same way Depp fights for his own in the real world.
"What the people in Minamata dealt with? People who suffered from COVID? A lot of people lost their lives. Children sick... ill... Ultimately, in answer to your question? Yeah, you use what you've got. But what I've been through? That's like getting scratched by a kitten. Comparatively." He said.
"Some films touch people," he adds. "And this affects those in Minamata and people who experience similar things. And for anything... For Hollywood's boycott of, erm, me? One man, one actor in an unpleasant and messy situation, over the last number of years? But, you know, I'm moving towards where I need to go to make all that. To bring things to light."
Depp is still dealing with a plethora of legal issues. He has a defamation case against his ex-wife Amber Heard that is still waiting to go to trial. However, Depp is clear when he says he isn't going to go anywhere quietly. He explained he is going to keep fighting and thanks those that have fought and continue to fight alongside him.
He also explained how he sees the fans as his true employers and as long as they support him he will continue to move forward.
"They have always been my employers," Depp said of his fans. "They are all our employers. They buy tickets, merchandise. They made all of those studios rich, but they forgot that a long time ago. I certainly haven't."
"I'm proud of these people, because of what they are trying to say, which is the truth. The truth is they're trying to get out since it doesn't in more mainstream publications. It's a long road that sometimes gets clunky. Sometimes just plain stupid. But they stayed on the ride with me and it's for them I will fight. Always, to the end. Whatever it may be."
Depp went on to explain that Minamata is not his final film but his first film in a way: "No. No. Actually, I look forward to the next few films I make to be my first films, in a way. Because once you've... Well, look. The way they wrote it in The Wizard of Oz is that when you see behind the curtain, it's not him. When you see behind the curtain, there's a whole lot of motherf***ers squished into one spot. All praying that you don't look at them. And notice them."
Depps fans seemed overjoyed at the actor speaking out about the case in such an open way. One fan wrote: "I don't have the words to explain how proud I am of Johnny Depp for finally letting it all out. He's been silent for too long. He's not afraid to say out loud that Hollywood and mainstream media are boycotting him and that his fans are the ones who have been fighting for him."
"People need to stop seeing Johnny Depp as a celebrity and focus on the fact, he is a MAN, who endured years of abuse at the hands of a WOMAN, and is still being abused by her and the media," another said.
Depp seems to be taking charge and isn't giving in to the apparent Hollywood boycott, but it's safe to say his fans are still behind him and will support him through the next stages of his career.