Famous Pirate actor Johnny Depp says there’s nothing Disney can offer to bring him back to Pirates of the Caribbean. During cross-examination in the defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard on Wednesday, Depp admitted that he doesn’t want to return to the franchise that saw the actor play one of his most memorable roles, Captain Jack Sparrow.
Johnny Depp has filed a lawsuit against Heard for $50 million, claiming that accusations made by Heard in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed, though never mentioning Depp by name, have destroyed his career and reputation. One of the roles Depp claims Heard’s editorial cost him was a return for Pirates of the Caribbean 6. However, it appears Depp may not have returned the franchise anyway. Heard’s attorney, Ben Rottenborn, asked Depp under cross-examination if it was true that “nothing on this earth” would entice Depp to return to work with Disney on a Pirates film and he replied, “That’s right, Mr. Rottenborn.”
“The fact is, Mr. Depp, if Disney came to you with $300 million and a million alpacas, nothing on this earth would make you come back and work with Disney on a Pirates of the Caribbean movie? Wouldn’t it? Rottenborn asked.
Heard’s attorney , Rottenborn continued his cross-examination by attempting to establish that Disney had decided not to continue Depp in the franchise prior to Heard’s op-ed and referenced a 2018 Daily Mail report that suggested the franchise was moving forward without Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow.
Actor Johnny Depp and Heard were locked in legal battles for several years after Heard divorced Depp and then obtained a temporary restraining order against him in May 2016. In 2018, Heard wrote the aforementioned op-ed in the Washington Post, and Depp and Heard relationship came under even more scrutiny after Depp filed a defamation lawsuit against British tabloid The Sun after the publication called Depp a “wife beater” in a 2018 article. Depp lost both the initial lawsuit and the appeal. The current court case is taking place in Virginia and is being broadcast on Court TV.
“High-profile court cases like this one often create a lot of noise, and it can be difficult for viewers to break through those distractions to get a clear picture of the facts, but that’s where we come in,” said Ethan Nelson, acting head of Court TV, in a statement. “Between the camera feed directly from the courtroom and our top-notch talent, Court TV will be the true source of an unbiased viewpoint from the heart of the trial as it unfolds.”