Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard. How will the process affect their career? Rating by Hollywood experts

In a six-week civil trial in a defamation case, Johnny Depp, Amber Heard and their attorney teams filed charges against each other. The jury, which began deliberations on Friday, will, in a sense, decide their future. However, at the same time, the status followed by millions of people around the world will affect the lives of movie stars. Who won and who lost in the public washing of dirt? Or maybe neither will work well with this form of trial? CNN spoke to Hollywood experts about it.

The trial between Hollywood star Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard is drawing to a close. Final speeches were given on Friday. The actor’s defense lawyers challenged the restoration of his reputation by ruling, and Heard’s lawyers asked the jurors to recognize her right to free speech.

The jury held on Friday only two hours. After a long weekend in the US, it will resume its meeting on Tuesday.

Johnny Depp sued his ex-wife for defamation, demanding $50 million in damages. The film is set in the year 2018 in the Washington Post where Heard presented herself as a victim of domestic violence. She also referred to the period two years ago, i.e. the period during which she was in a relationship with an actor.

Amber Heard did not call him by name, but soon the British newspaper “The Sun” called him, among others, a female boxer. Depp sued the tabloid, which he lost. Then he turned to the American newspaper and found that an article in the Washington Post had damaged his reputation. He had to co-star with “Fantastic Beasts” and “Pirates of the Caribbean,” among others. In the following years, he did not participate in any new productions. As a result – the jury and the audience heard during the six-week trial – the actor has several million debts.

Like media around the world, CNN, which tracked the trial, contacted entertainment industry experts who believed that no matter what a jury verdict, the fate of Depp and Heard’s careers would be decided by the public. Some Hollywood insiders spoke to the portal anonymously to protect their professional positions.

One of them, who – as CNN writes – has known Depp for years, points to the wave of support for the actor on social media, especially on TikTok. He thinks this may be of use to him in the future. “I wasn’t sure what to expect before he went to trial, and I think that only helped improve his public image,” he said.

Another prominent Hollywood columnist who did not collaborate with Depp and Heard said that “both are very dysfunctional.” Money is poison and greed spends. Nobody wins here – Rate.

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard in 2015 Bakunin/Shutterstock

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industry “understanding”

The portal estimates that after the legal battle is over, Depp and Heard will have to overcome many obstacles. The actress testified that the man verbally and physically abused her. She also accused him of sexual violence. Depp has repeatedly stated that he never hit a woman, denied the accusations, and described himself as a victim of domestic violence by Heard, which she, in turn, denies.

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard met on the set of The Rum Diary in 2011, when Depp was still involved with Vanessa Paradis. Heard married in 2015. As the two parties (and several witnesses at the trial) agree, their relationship can initially be described as idyllic, but everything starts to go wrong very quickly. Divorced in 2016.

Johnny Depp after closing talksPAP / EPA / Steve Helber / POOL

Photos, videos, and audio materials that came to light during the trial painted a picture of two people in a relationship that clinical psychologist Laurel Anderson described as “mutual abuse.” A woman worked with a couple as a marriage counselor in 2015. This was the wording she used in her April 14 testimony. CNN maintains that the use of the same term by a witness has drawn criticism, illustrating the extent of the controversy the process is creating.

Film producer Daryl Marshak believes movie studios may – at least initially – be reluctant to get involved in the affairs of actors involved in such a serious case, and have publicly commented on it with unprecedented intensity. Robert Downey Jr. He won an Oscar, then revealed his private affairs and people pulled out, Marshak said, commenting on the withdrawal of one of the most promising Hollywood actors of the ’80s and ’90s for many years, who only returned in favor in show business a dozen or so years ago.

– I think Hollywood is a strange place. When you wash the dirt in front of the machine, turn it, all the people who make these parts move automatically avoiding the hot flame – added the producer who once represented for example Leonard DiCaprio and Hilary Swank.

Amber Heard In CourtPAP/EPA/Steve Hilber/Pond

Marshak believes Depp’s “amazing talent” will help him return to theaters. “Hollywood understands too, and with the passage of time when this issue is no longer a high-profile case, Johnny will be able to return to work smoothly. I think it will appear again on the screen, he said. “Hollywood is a fickle place,” he stressed.

The role of legal teams in the process

CNN estimates that the courtroom scene by Depp and Heard’s legal teams could also affect the industry’s view of both stars. Ruisi, founder and chair of AKR Public Relations, in an interview with Amanda K. outlet.

Johnny Depp’s legal teamPAP / EPA / Steve Helber / POOL

Rossi believed that Depp’s representatives were more effective. “Mr. Depp’s legal and strategic communications team has done an amazing job of delivering a consistent message in the courtroom and in the media, which I believe has helped garner support from his fans,” she said.

The scales of justice on social media tilted in Depp’s favor to the extent that this disparity sparked headlines that began to question the cause of the phenomenon. “This is a woman who recounts in heartbreaking detail how a very famous man abused her. Why in 2022 does it seem that so many people hate her for it?” – You can read “The Cut” magazine, which was reported by CNN.

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Sociologist Nicole Pedera theorized in social media and newspaper articles about why both domestic violence survivors and many teenage women have come out in support of Depp. She wrote, “Sympathy for a survivor can be frightening for women. If violence really ‘is there’ everywhere and if it ‘seems’ to happen to anyone, many women fear there could be more.” “Is it surprising that so many women stand up for Depp? Not at all,” she added.

Support Johnny Depp fans PAP / EPA / Michael Reynolds

As CNN writes, Heard has his supporters but their voice is much lower than Depp’s — both in entertainment and while filing a lawsuit. Heard’s ex-partner David Krumholtz has publicly defended herself, actress Elaine Barkin has testified at the defense attorney’s request, and comedian Kathy Griffin wrote in response to Heard’s pretrial tweet: “Thinking of you and sending all the love.”

The portal asserts that after closing the hearing for two working actors, the main question is: Will producers send them voluntary scripts as moderators send tweets?

The future of the film franchise is at stake

The core of Heard and Depp’s lawsuits rests on the claim that their careers – and more specifically, their futures with individual film franchises – have been tampered with or even destroyed. In the past few weeks of testimony, Depp’s team has attempted to establish that the actor who portrayed Jack Sparrow in five films was removed from a possible sixth film in the Pirates of the Caribbean series due to Heard’s suspension and accusation.

Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced Pirates of the Caribbean, told The Times that “the future is not doomed yet” about Depp’s participation in the next installment of the film. The producer said the development team is “working on two pirate scripts” – one that Margot Robbie can star in and “one without.” The last movie in this series is “Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge” from 2017.

In an affidavit resubmitted to the court, Depp’s former agent Christian Carino, who began acting in October 2016 and represented the actor and Heard at the same time, testified that he believed the domestic violence charges the actress brought against Depp cost him. A contract worth tens of millions of dollars.

When Heard’s attorney asked Carino about other problems Depp might have had while working on previous pirate films, Carino denied that there were such problems. “I know he’s late, but he’s been late in everything his whole life,” Carino said. – I think it’s annoying to everyone, but everyone has learned how to make a movie (with Depp – ed.) to deal with it – he added.

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Other witnesses considered his behavior to be more harmful. Tracey Jacobs, who represented Depp for 30 years before her contract was terminated, said she was honest with Depp that his constant filming delays and behavior, including drug and alcohol abuse, were detrimental to his career.

Jacobs testified: “His star faded because it was getting more and more difficult for him to get a job due to the reputation he had gained because of being late to work and the like.” “People talked about it and people started wondering about his behaviour,” she added.

The Hollywood director who didn’t work with Depp but had the opportunity to interview him told CNN he doesn’t think Depp will again be the face of another major franchise. “I think Johnny Depp will be able to appear in a variety of independent films because he still has great value and audience, but with that the studios will be more careful about insurance and will be more interested in the public response than the smaller independent companies,” he said.

As for Heard, the director believes that the interest in the lawsuit has not helped her image. There is a petition requesting that the actress be removed from the upcoming “Aquaman” sequel, which has already been filmed and is in post-production. The actress said that because of Depp’s lawsuit, her role in the movie decreased, because at first she had many more scenes in the script than in the subsequent creative process.

Walter Hamada, president of DC Films, which produced “Aquaman,” confirmed during the trial that the script was what it sounded (he couldn’t reveal details of the film) because the crew realized there was no “chemistry” between Amber Heard and Jason Momoa.

Jason Momoa and Amber Heard in “Aquaman”promotional materials

What is the future of Heard and Depp?

Regardless of the jury’s decision, the Herald PR founder, who has represented convicted producer Harvey Weinstein, among others, told CNN that Depp’s time in court — which included odd and appropriate moments of doodling and eating beans — bolstered his image.

“His testimony, whether real or fictitious, resurfaced fans who had missed him,” she said. “Given his reputation and career, studies can see that he still has a large following,” she added.

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard in 2015Andrea Raven/Shutterstock

It’s hard to assess how Heard’s career would go, because – as interviewees on CNN point out – before the actress appeared alongside Depp and occupied a permanent place in the media in the following years marked by court battles and accusations from both sides thereafter. The end of the relationship – its place in Hollywood is not established.

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