It’s been revealed that PR professionals believe that Johnny Depp’s career is on the up following the events of the Amber Heard trial. This news comes to us via Insider, and we think that they are spot on.
Johnny Depp’s career before the trial was pretty much over. He was having to fund his own projects and was working on a number of independent movies that weren’t doing all that well at the box office.
Don’t get me wrong, he still made some brilliant movies during that time. However, no big Hollywood movie studio would touch him following him losing his libel case against The Sun newspaper in the UK. That was a big shock and was caused the actor to be shunned from Hollywood.
Depp lost his role as Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beasts movie and was replaced by Mads Mikkelsen. He was also reportedly dropped by Disney from the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise. Johnny Depp wanted to clear his name and get his life back. That’s why he sued his former wife, Amber Heard for defamation in Virginia.
Johnny Depp’s career is back on track!
The fact that he won that trial was actually really surprising because not many defamation cases in the US are won by the plaintiff. It tends to be the defendant who wins.
It’s the opposite case in the UK. People who are suing for defamation and libel in the UK win much more than they do in the US. Anyway, onto what these PR professionals had to say about Johnny Depp’s career post the Amber Heard defamation trial.
“Johnny Depp was always likely to emerge from the Heard-Depp legal saga with plenty of opportunities left in his career,” one expert told Insider.
Evan Nierman, CEO of Global PR Firm Red Banyan and Author of Crisis Averted, said that Depp’s career is “fully back in action”. However, he did add that it was “highly unlikely” that Depp ever would have been without work.
“We should expect the floodgates to open now that the trial is behind him,” Nierman said. “We are seeing the first signs of it already, with more likely to come.”
“Johnny Depp was always likely to emerge from the Heard-Depp legal saga with plenty of opportunities left in his career,” Nierman continued. “The lack of conclusive evidence that he committed the abuse alleged by his ex-wife has put him back in the category of Hollywood superstar, from which he was only temporarily sidelined.”
Johnny Depp was never going to be down for long
Eric Schiffer, the chairman of Reputation Management Consultants, pointed out that the trial “cemented Depp’s ability to have a strong second act.”
Schiffer added that Depp’s recent decision to direct a movie is an “interesting bridge back”. He also added that he will likely be successful because it “doesn’t put direct pressure on him as the star in the spotlight, it allows him to naturally not get as much attention.”
Nierman said Depp is still “eternally bankable” despite negative attention in the news. Depp is currently in France filming the movie Jeanne du Barry in which he’ll play King Louis XV. It was also revealed that Depp will be directing a movie called Modigliani, which is being produced by Al Pacino.
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