Johnny Depp was set to earn more than $22m (£17m) for his role in Pirates of the Caribbean 6, according to his talent manager.
the actor He sues ex-wife Amber Heard for $50m (£39m) In an opinion piece she wrote for The Washington Post in 2018, she discusses being a domestic violence survivor.
While the article did not mention him by name, his attorneys said he was falsely implying that he physically and sexually assaulted her.
Meanwhile, Heard is demanding $100m (£76m) to be paid, claiming her ex-partner defamed her by calling her a liar.
Depp is best known for his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean, with the fifth film released in 2017. A sixth film was never filmed.
Jack Wiggam, Depp’s talent manager, testified at the Fairfax Virginia Courthouse on Monday, saying that Disney film chief Sean Bailey and Pirates of the Caribbean producer Jerry Bruckheimer struck an oral deal around 2016 to pay Depp $22.5 million (£17.9 million) for the film. Sixth in French.
He added that Heard’s article had a “disastrous” effect on Depp’s career, saying: “With regard to Johnny, it was disastrous, because it was a first-person novel.
It wasn’t from a journalist, it wasn’t from an observer, it was from someone who said, “This happened to me.”
During questioning with Heard’s attorney, Wigham said the $22.5 million figure was verbally agreed but not written into the contract.
He also said that by 2018, prior to the publication of Heard’s opinion piece, Billy was “non-binding” about his sixth Pirates film with Depp.
The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has previously been talked about in court, with Depp saying he hasn’t seen the movies.
“Cartoons can get away with things we can’t,” he said of the movies.
Captain Jack Sparrow can do things I could never have done. He told the jury: “He can say things I could never say. So for me it was a way of expanding character parameters and taking the risk of doing so.
“But if it ended, and I felt like I was on a very good mission, I thought she might be a character who could be accepted by five-year-olds, 45-years-olds, 65-years-olds and 85-year-olds in the same way. This is Bugs Bunny.
Recalling his first reaction to the script, he continued, “I thought it had all the hallmarks of a Disney movie—a kind of predictable three-act structure. Captain Jack’s character was more of the arrogant type who would rock out shirtless and be the hero.
I had completely different ideas about the character, so I combined my notes into it [the] character and brought that character to life. Much to the dismay of Disney at first.
When Depp was asked how the movie turned out from his point of view, he told the court, “I didn’t see it. But I think the movie did really well, it seems, and they wanted to continue, make more, and I was good to do that.”
“It’s not like you became that person, but if you knew that character to the degree that I did—because it wasn’t what the book had written, so they weren’t really able to write to him… Once you know the character better than the book, then you should Be true to the character and add to your words.
Heard is set to take a stand at trial after Depp testifies.
The trial began last month, and so far has seen Depp stand alongside various witnesses, including the former bodyguard and the former couple’s therapist.
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