The moment Captain Jack Sparrow appeared on screen in the first “Pirates Of The Caribbean” movie back in 2003, everyone instantly fell in love with the character and praised Johnny Depp on his performance. There wasn’t one dull moment whenever Captain Jack was on screen.
But sad news for fans of the movie franchise as Johnny Depp decided he will no longer be playing the legendary Captain Jack Sparrow for “Pirates Of The Caribbean”. His last movie of the franchise was “Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”.
The reason for the actor not returning to play everyone’s beloved pirate is because Disney has apparently dropped him from the project. Why? The “Pirates Of The Caribbean” star is currently in the middle of his ongoing $100million (RM4.3 million) defamation trial against his ex-wife, Amber Heard. The news first came about that the 58-year-old actor is crossed out from the franchise is when Daily Mail published an article.
“I wasn’t aware of that, but it doesn’t surprise me,” Depp testified in court. “Two years had gone by of constant worldwide talk about me being this wife beater. So I’m sure that Disney was trying to cut ties to be safe. The #MeToo movement was in full swing at that point,” said Johnny. Amber Heard’s lawyer J. Rottenborn even asked if Johnny would be willing to return as Captain Jack Sparrow if Disney were to offer him $300 million (RM1.2 billion) to reprise his role in future movies to which the actor replied that he will never return.
This obviously wasn’t the first time Johnny was fired from a movie project as he was previously fired from the “Fantastic Beast” movie series where he played the infamous wizard, Grindelwald. Johnny played the character in the first two installments before getting axed from the franchise despite J.K Rowling defending him. The role is now being played by Mads Mikkelsen.
The court case between Johnny and Amber is still ongoing where we recently heard Amber admitting to abusing her ex-husband in the audio recordings played in court.