More than six months ago, Johnny Depp was awarded more than $10 million by the jury that heard his claims of defamation against his ex-wife, Amber Heard. During the heated six-week trial, the jury listened to recordings of Heard admitting to hitting Depp. They also learned that Depp had lost $22 million when he was dropped by Disney from Pirates of the Caribbean 6. As Depp and Heard testified against each other, they were referred to as “mutual abusers”. In the end, Depp was the true winner, as Heard only received a $2 million judgment.
When the jury announced their decision, many people believed that Depp had been vindicated. They hoped that the studios — like Disney — would see that Depp had been wronged and that the actor would make the ultimate Hollywood comeback. Sadly, it does not look like that will happen anytime soon, and it may be Depp’s own doing.
Depp is currently set to star in the new film by French director Maïwenn Le Besco, Jeanne Du Barry, where Depp will play the lead role of King Louis XV. During Depp’s defamation trial, it was stated more than once that Depp was problematic on set due to his constant lateness. It looks like the trial did nothing to change that behavior.
According to a report from the French talk show, Touche Pas à Mon Poste! (Don’t Touch My TV Set!), Depp and Maïwenn were constantly at odds, leading to a very tense film set. Per The Daily Beast, which translated the show:
Actor Bernard Montiel shared rumors from the set of the upcoming film on the French talk show Touche pas à mon poste! (Don’t Touch My TV Set!) in October, in a panel interview that’s recently begun to make the rounds in English-language media. The actor and commentator claimed that Depp and French director Maïwenn Le Besco, known by the mononym Maïwen, had been clashing.
“I’ve heard some noise from the shoot, very serious stuff,” Montiel said. “So, [Depp is] an excellent actor, when he comes on set, except sometimes at six in the morning the crew is ready, and nobody turns up. So of course, Maïwenn, who is the director, gets angry, and the next day she’s the one who doesn’t turn up. And you’ve got Johnny Depp, and she’s not there. It’s finished, over this week, [but] it’s going very, very badly. They don’t get on at all; they’re screaming at each other the whole time.”
Jeanne Du Barry has wrapped filming and is set to premiere at the 2o23 Cannes Film Festival, which will take place from May 16 through May 27. At this time, other than Jeanne Du Barry, Depp only has one other project in the works that we know of — Johnny Puff Secret Mission — where he will play Johnny Puff.
Many are hoping that Disney will bring Depp back for a sixth Pirates movie — and producer Jerry Bruckheimer has said he would love to work with Depp again — but that seems unlikely to happen. During the trial, Depp said that he would not work for Disney again, even if they paid him “$300 million and a million alpacas.” However, as we know, never say never.