The trial of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard: what colleagues in the film said about working with the actor

Some of Hollywood’s top actresses and his Pirates of the Caribbean co-stars have shared what it’s really like to work with Johnny Depp.

Former lead actress, Johnny Depp’s agent and business manager claimed the actor was difficult to work with when drugs and alcohol were reportedly dictating his behaviour.

However, many of Depp’s former coworkers present a loyal, stark contrast to recent testimony during the 58-year-old film star’s brutal defamation trial with ex-wife and Aquaman actress Amber Heard, 36.

First: Actress Ellen Barkin, who had a romantic — or “sexual” — relationship with Depp while they were both filming the 1998 cult classic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, revealed that he threw a bottle of wine at her in time of their relationship. .

Barkin, 68, said the actor was arguing with friends in a hotel room when he dropped the item. She also echoed Depp’s ex-wife Amber Heard’s claim that he was a “jealous man”.

“Control,” is how Barkin described Depp. “You ask me, ‘Where are you going? Who are you dating?

On another occasion: “I had a scratch on my back that made him really, really angry one day because he insisted it was because I had sex with a man who wasn’t,” she said in testimony recorded in 2019 and played to a jury in a Virginia court on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Depp’s former agent Tracey Jacobs said his professional reputation suffered when he started showing up late to projects due to drugs and alcohol, including the production of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

“Crews don’t like to sit around doing nothing for hours until a star appears,” Jacobs said. “People were talking… and because of that, people didn’t want to use it.”

His former business manager, Joel Mandel, echoed Jacobs’ claims, saying that Depp’s spending habits became “disturbing” in 2011, and that he spent thousands on prescription drugs.

The negative allegations were among the first the public heard about Depp during this trial – other than those of Heard and her team, of course – but did his former colleagues ever denounce his professionalism?

Here’s what other colleagues have to say about working with Depp:

Eva Green

Depp’s Pirates of the Caribbean co-star Eva Green has publicly supported the actor on Instagram throughout his ongoing legal battle.

“I have no doubt that Johnny will open up to the world with his good name and wonderful heart, and life for him and his family will be better than ever,” wrote the 41-year-old French actress after the sensational testimony on Thursday.

Orlando Bloom

Orlando Bloom told BBC that working with Depp during 2003’s The Curse of the Black Pearl was the most fun he’s ever had,

“I got to work with one of my heroes, Johnny Depp, and see him do business, which was very inspiring to me at this point in my career,” Bloom, 45, said.

He also admired Depp’s dedication to his craft: “I knew he would bring something unique to it, like he always does with his roles. I just didn’t know what it was going to be when I saw it, it was fantastic.”

Winona Ryder

Depp and Winona Ryder, 50, starred in Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands in 1990 and got engaged five months after they met.

“I can only talk about my own experience, which is very different from what is being said,” Ryder said. Time in June 2016 after Heard’s allegations made headlines for the first time. “He never, ever treated me like that. Never insulted me. I only know him as a really nice, loving, caring guy who is very, very protective of the people he loves.”

The two-time Oscar nominee and Stranger Things star also testified at Depp and Heard’s UK trial in 2020: time of his marriage to Amber,” Ryder wrote. “But from my experience, which was completely different, I was absolutely shocked, confused and upset when I heard the accusations against him.”

Kevin McNally

Depp’s Pirates co-star Kevin McNally had nothing bad to say about the actor in a 2021 interview. LADbible.

“I never saw a hint of Johnny’s dark side,” he said. “I see a great humanist and a wonderful person. I don’t see any obstacles for him to come back and play Jack Sparrow.”

That won’t happen, of course, as blockbuster producer Jerry Bruckheimer, 78, has announced that Depp won’t be returning, at least “for now.”

Keira Knightley

This was told by another graduate of the “Pirates” Keira Knightley. IGN in 2003 that the actors hardly do without laughter.

“He’s just great. It’s really weird because he’s a big Hollywood star, but he’s such a nice guy,” she said. “We sat by the craft service van and he made a cup of tea, we chatted and giggled and then we made a scene. He’s just really, really, really cute.”

The two-time Oscar nominee continued: “At the moment, he is one of the few actors who is willing to take such a huge risk, and it was a risk. He has the balls to play such a role and I think it’s brilliant.”

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie was thrilled about her time working alongside Depp in the 2010s film The Tourist.

“He’s just such a nice guy. He’s so funny and so much fun to be around,” Jolie, 46, said at a press conference for the film.

“He’s not just someone who has fun [movies]; he is a real experimenter, a deeply feeling artist who gives a lot and is very kind on set to everyone and to his fellow actors. He’s just a delight.”

Ann Hataway

Anne Hathaway and Depp worked together on Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, and the Oscar winner for Les Misérables praised Depp’s down-to-earth demeanor.

“There is so much mystery about him that I feel like his fans and the media are forcing their opinion on him,” she said in 2010. “And he’s as real as can be. He, I think, is exactly who he would be if all this glory had not happened to him.

“I admire it so much – it’s not only that it didn’t go to his head, but that he hasn’t changed one iota, and I think that’s wonderful.”

AnnaSophia Robb

AnnaSophia Robb was only 9 years old when, in 2005, she began acting in Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with Depp.

“He’s very, very down to earth and treats everyone with the same respect,” she said of Depp at the time. “He invited you to his trailer, talking to you and joking. Small, simple things that make you feel comfortable, not “Oh my gosh, that’s Johnny Depp.” It’s like, “Oh, it’s Johnny.”

Penelope Cruz

Actress Penelope Cruz was itching to work with Depp again when she joined the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

“I’ve missed working with him all these years because we had a great experience when we filmed Strike,” Cruz said. Access to Hollywood through Digital spy about their 2001 collab.

Like Knightley, Cruz said Depp made her laugh.

“Our problem is that we can’t stop laughing,” the Oscar winner continued. “Sometimes it can really be a problem for us, because some days we couldn’t control ourselves. I always say it’s a good problem because in the end it will affect the chemistry [our] characters.”

Kaya Scodelario

Brazilian Pirates of the Caribbean actress Kaya Scodelario spoke about how Depp helped her get into the role.

“We were just lying on a piece of green screen and we had to pretend we were falling,” she said. Evening standard in 2017. “I didn’t know what the hell I was going to do and I looked at him and as soon as they said ‘action’ he was totally dedicated, he didn’t care if it made him look stupid or weird, or weird,” she said. “It inspired me to let go of the situation and put it out of my mind.”

Juliette Lewis

Juliette Lewis and Depp co-starred alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape in 1993.

“Johnny humiliates himself. Is this the right word? In any case, sometimes he is too self-deprecating, ”Lewis described the actor to reporters. Los Angeles Times in 1993, Merriam-Webster defines the phrase as “the act or process of lowering one’s status, respect, quality, or character.”

This story was originally published in the New York Post and reproduced with permission.

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