Johnny Depp’s defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard continues and continues to reveal all sorts of exciting details about the inner workings of the film industry. We previously learned how much Depp would have made (or at least what his agent said he would have made) if the sixth Pirates of the Caribbean The sequel has been filmed, and Heard herself testified on the stand today that the controversy surrounding her marriage to Depp has affected the size of her role in the upcoming DC movie. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.
In the series, Heard plays Mera, the princess of Atlantis and Aquaman’s ally and occasional love interest. Although Heard appeared as Mera in Justice League and first Aquamanand although her salary was allegedly increased for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (according to Hurd), she testified under oath that what she ended up filming was a «very stripped down version» of what was originally on the page prior to this ongoing fight with Depp.
Here’s more of Hurd’s testimony, via Diversity:
I was given a script and then they gave new versions of the script that had cut scenes that had action that were of my character and another character without any spoilers, two characters fighting each other and they were basically taking a bunch of from my role… They just removed a bunch.
Heard also claimed that Warner Bros. «didn’t want to include» her in the film when Depp accused her of lying. Washington Post in an article alleging that Depp had committed domestic violence, sparking an ongoing lawsuit. She also said that after Depp went public with his claims, communication with Warner Bros. «It stopped there.»
It remains to be seen how much Heard is in the film. And even if some of it was scaled down during production, that doesn’t necessarily mean it can’t be scaled up again during reshoots or post-production; character roles in these massive blockbusters go up and down all the time as these films take shape. We better understand what happened when Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom Releases in theaters March 17, 2023.
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