Johnny Depp is an American actor, musician, and producer, who made his film debut in 1984, after starring in a horror movie titled “A Nightmare on Elm Street.”
Although the 58-year-old had an incredible acting career and became a fan-favorite, he hit a career snag in 2016 when his ex-wife, Amber Heard accused him of allegedly abusing her, physically and emotionally.
These accusations raised a lot of suspicions, which later led to movie producers boycotting him for other stars. He also lot a lot of sponsorship, and with the recent turnout of events, it seems like the actor career crisis has moved from bad to worse.
A movie director backed the actor up recently, when he called out a studio for trying to ‘bury’ one of Depp’s latest movie project. Keep reading below for more details.
About Johnny Depp’s Movie Boycott
Director Andrew Levitas was working on an upcoming film recently with some incredible stars, including Depp. The film titled “Minamata,” was originally scheduled to be released in February 2021, however, the studio in charge, MGM, decided not to go along with the deal.
Per Deadline, Levitas slammed the studio for showing bias against Depp, because of his personal problems, in an attempt to get them to reconsider, but his complains fell on deaf ears.
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Since the allegations against him by Heard began in 2016, Depp’s movie career has gone from bad to worse, as a large population called for him to be cancelled even before the court proceedings began. Although has tried to make several comebacks since 2019, the actor has a huge bias hanging over his career.
The Hollywood Reported describes the “Corpse Bride” actor as a ‘persona non-grata’ in the eyes of the public.
MGM Clears The Air
In response to the movie director’s accusation, the studio put out a disclaimer that it is not directly in charge of releasing the film, rather, an affiliate company known as American International Pictures (AIP) is in charge of the movie’s release.
Furthermore, the statement noted that AIP is in charge of releasing MGM’s movie dates to the public, and that the company assures that “Minamata” is going to be on the list of the future releases. However, the date and time of the movie’s disclosure is still unknown at this time.
Actors who also featured in this delayed film aside from Depp include; Hiroyuki Sanada and Bill Nighy.
More Boycotting Actions
In 2020, Depp was preparing to reprise his role as Grindelwald in the “Untitled Third Fantastic Beasts” film, however, he pulled out after a request from Warner Bros. This came after a UK libel case was thrown out when the court ruled that the allegations against the actor were ‘substantially true.’
His role was later played by Mads Mikkelson.
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Despite receiving an award at the Polish Camerimage film festival in the same year, several publications said that Depp’s movie career was in shambles, as he continued to receive criticism on social media platforms across the globe.
A petition to bring the actor back as Jack Sparrow in “Pirates of the Caribbean” went viral in March 2021, and with over 500,000 signatures, no attempt has been made to allow him reprise this role successfully.
More Information About Minamata
Minamata, directed by Levitas, is based on a novel written by W. Eugene Smith and Aileen Mioko, and it follows an American photographer who was able to capture detailed effects of mercury poisoning on citizens of Japan, in a town known as Minamata, Kumamoto.
In 1971, Smith was encouraged by a Japanese translator, to visit Japan, and collect details of the widespread of mercury poisoning in the country. His goal was also to expose the local police and high ranking officials in the government, who let their greed surpass the quality of life for Japan’s residents.
With his Minolta camera as his only weapon in the midst of the chaos, Smith was charged with bringing a huge company to its knees, to pay for its crime against humanity.