Johnny Depp Speaks Out Against Hollywood Boycott

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Johnny Depp has finally broken his silence since he lost his libel case against The Sun in the UK courts, and what he’s had to say is fascinating.

I’ll start off by giving you the cliff notes: Depp revealed that he’s being boycotted by Hollywood, and he also took the time to thank his fans for trying to get the truth out there.

He revealed this during a recent interview with The Sunday Times.

Interestingly enough, The Sun and The Sunday Times are both owned by the same man: Rupert Murdoch. 

(And let me tell you now, I am not the biggest fan of this man – having worked in the British media for a number of years, I can tell you some horror stories about Murdoch and his family. All I’ll say is that he’s literally like a real-life Bond villain. I do believe one actual Bond villain was based on him… [I’m talking of the villain from Tomorrow Never Dies]).

Johnny Depp speaks to The Sunday Times

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So, yes, it’s a bit strange that Depp went and gave an interview to a newspaper that’s owned by the same person whose other tabloid labelled him as a “wife-beater”.

Oh, and while I’m at it, you guys should look up the person who called Depp a “wife-beater” in The Sun. His name is Dan Wootton and he’s now working for an outlet called GB News – which is basically the British version of Fox News.

I think putting ‘News’ in both outlet’s titles is a bit of a joke – maybe it’s deliberate… 

OK, but that’s enough of me criticising the current state of the British media – to cut a long story short, journalism is going down the drain in the United Kingdom, and I actually think the whole Johnny Depp story is evidence of that.

So, let’s get onto what Johnny Depp had to tell The Sunday Times.

I will warn you now that his quotes are a bit, well, I think disjointed is the best way to describe it.

Depp was speaking in riddles and we’ll try to get to the bottom of what he was really getting at.

Depp talks of a Hollywood boycott

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So, Depp started off by talking about his upcoming movie, Minamata.

This affects those in Minamata and people who experience similar things. And for anything…

He then trailed off a bit but went on to talk about the Hollywood boycott of him over the past few years.

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 then went on to talk about what happened after his libel trial against The Sun (which he lost by the way) and called it all an “absurdity of media mathematics.”

Depp said:

Whatever I’ve gone through, I’ve gone through. But, ultimately, this particular arena of my life has been so absurd. What the people in Minamata dealt with? People who suffered with COVID? A lot of people lost (their) lives. But what I’ve been through? That’s like getting scratched by a kitten. Comparatively.

Johnny Depp then thanked the fans for their support

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Depp then got onto the subject of his fans and thanked them.

He said that they have “stayed on the ride with me.”

Depp then added:

They have always been my employers. I’m proud of these people, because of what they are trying to say, which is the truth. The truth 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.

Johnny Depp ended the interview by saying that he has no plans of quitting the filmmaking business and even added that he’s looking forward to his next few movies.

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 (expletive) squished into one spot. All praying that you don’t look at them. And notice them.

This interview comes after it was revealed that Johnny Depp would be awarded a lifetime achievement award this September at Spain’s San Sebastian International Film Festival. 

Yet, the announcement wasn’t met with jubilation from Spain’s leading group of women filmmakers who’ve condemned the festival’s decision to award Depp.

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