Hollywood actor, Johnny Depp, has alleged that the American movie industry is boycotting him, stating that the past five years have been “surreal” for him.
In his first published interview since losing a libel suit against the The Sun UK newspaper, the actor talked to The Sunday Times about his new movie “Minamata.” Where he opened up about his new movie, and how he is now perceived in Hollywood.
Depp filed a suit against The Sun after the publication called him a “wife-beater” in an article over his now ex-wife Amber Heard’s claims of abuse. Depp denied the abuse allegations and has filed a $50 million defamation suit against her, which is currently making its way through the courts.
Heard and Depp married in 2015 after dating for several years.
They split the following year in what became a months long, contentious breakup with allegations of bad behavior by both sides before their divorce was finally settled.
In the new interview, Depp, who also served as one of the producers of the film, portrays real-life photographer W. Eugene Smith, whose work with Life magazine documented the mercury poisoning of Japanese villagers in the early 1970s.
The star reflected on his life recently juxtaposed to both the Japanese villagers who had been poisoned and those who have suffered from Covid-19.
“That’s like getting scratched by a kitten,” Depp said of what he’s been through.
“Comparatively.” He added.
Talking about why the film was not released in the US as it has in the UK, he said;
“Hollywood’s boycott of, erm, me.”
“One man, one actor in an unpleasant and messy situation, over the last number of years?” he said
“But, you know, I’m moving towards where I need to go to make all that . . .To bring things to light.”