I don’t know what it is about Johnny Depp, but the media absolutely wants him not only blacklisted, but it seems like they want him gone for good!
In middle school, I was embarrassingly easy to hack. The hint? Pirate. The password? JohnnyDepp. See, in 2003, Pirates of the Caribbean came out and everything changed for me, in that I learned who Johnny Depp was and suddenly my life had new purpose. Keira Knightley, who was a whopping 17 years old in the first film, served well enough as my avatar in the world of Pirates, and when they shared a long-hyped kiss in the second movie, my teenage heart nearly exploded for joy. Nearly two decades later, the Depp we see in the news about his ongoing legal battles with ex-wife Amber Heard is unrecognizable from the charismatic star who once described kissing the young Knightley as “awkward” due to their age difference (Depp was 43 to her 20 at the time). And, per his new $50 million defamation suit against Heard, which requires Depp to turn over all communication from actress ex-girlfriends, even his relationship with Knightley wasn’t as family-friendly as we’d once thought. Knightley is listed as one of Depp’s former romantic partners (along with other co-stars like Angelina Jolie and Marion Cotillard), and suddenly we’re seeing everything in a whole new light.
As The Hollywood Reporter points out, Depp taking further legal action against Heard at all is a dubious move, having just lost a UK defamation suit against The Sun for calling him a wife beater, which he’s also in the process of appealing. And this case is made all the more risky by the fact that it brings in these other A-list actresses to state their case as well.
“The process will likely be even more intrusive and end up sucking other high-profile figures into the vortex,” writes The Hollywood Reporter of his defamation suit.