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Johnny Depp Says He's Being Boycotted By Hollywood

The actor speaks cryptically about his life and career since his recent ugly legal battles.


In a new interview, actor Johnny Depp says he's being boycotted by Hollywood since losing his high-profile libel suit against Britain's The Sun tabloid newspaper in 2020. The highly-publicized trial resulted in Depp being asked to resign from Warner Bros.' Fantastic Beasts franchise, and according to the actor, work has largely dried up ever since.

Although Depp's interview with Britain's The Times--part of the same Rupert Murdoch-owned publishing group as The Sun--was ostensibly to discuss his new film Minamata, about a Life magazine photographer, USA Today reports that Depp's comments kept drifting back to a "surreal five years" due to the litigation. Depp reportedly speaks in often incomplete thoughts, described in the article as "riddles" and "broken sentences."

"Whatever I've gone through, I've gone through," said Depp. "But, ultimately, this particular arena of my life has been so absurd." Depp added that careers in entertainment are "long road[s] that sometimes get clunky" and "sometimes just plain stupid." He also criticized the "absurdity of media mathematics."

Depp was asked to leave the Fantastic Beasts franchise after the UK tabloid called him a "wife-beater," which has sparked ugly and predictable patterns of fan behavior online--especially against his ex-wife Amber Heard (Aquaman). In 2022, Depp has another legal battle ahead against the Washington Post for an opinion piece about domestic abuse, which in this new interview said "he could not talk about."

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