Johnny Depp Reportedly Made $16 Million For Not Starring In Fantastic Beasts 3

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It had been previously reported that Johnny Depp made $10 million from Fantastic Beasts 3, yet the number might be closer to $16 million. This news comes from an expose on Johnny Depp published in The Hollywood Reporter.

A lot’s been written about Johnny Depp over the past few months. I feel like I’m writing about the actor constantly these days. However, we’re going to have to talk about the actor a bit more after The Hollywood Reporter’s article on Depp was released.

The article revealed some interesting things about the actor. First off, it was entitled “He’s Radioactive”: Inside Johnny Depp’s Self-Made Implosion. I’m not a big fan of that title because it’s very explosive and just isn’t very classy on behalf of the outlet. That said, it does give some fascinating insight into Depp’s career, the trial and also what happened between him and Warner Bros. Pictures, and how much he was actually paid for not starring in Fantastic Beasts 3.

Johnny Depp actually made $16 million from Fantastic Beasts 3

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It was first suggested that Depp was paid $10 million to walk away from the franchise. It turns out that number is actually closer to $16 million, which isn’t a bad sum of money to be paid to not be in something. He was on what’s called a “pay-or-play contract”, which states a performer must be paid regardless of whether or not they actually appear in the film.

To us, that seems a lot, and it is a lot. I’ll take $16 million any day for not acting in something. Seriously, I’ll even go as low as $15.5 million. However, it’s not really that much to Depp given how much he’s been paid to act in things in the past. The THR’s article states that Depp could earn at one point in his career $20 million upfront on major studio productions and that with Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, he made a total of $55 million with profit participation, or a percentage of the film’s profits. So, yeah, $16 million might seem like spare change to Depp.

What do you make of this news? Are you at all worried about Johnny Depp’s future in Hollywood following his removal from Fantastic Beasts 3? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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