Johnny Depp Says He’s Being Boycotted by Hollywood

Johnny Depp has revealed he feels he is being boycotted by Hollywood, as the US remains the only territory yet to release his new film, Minamata.

The 58-year-old stars in the movie as W Eugene Smith, the photographer who helped expose the mercury poisoning scandal in the Japanese town, Minamata.

Director Andrew Lewis had previously accused MGM of “burying” the movie due to Depp’s ongoing personal problems in an open letter last month.

He claimed the studio was concerned that “the personal issues of an actor in the film could reflect negatively upon them”, later accusing MGM of failing in its “moral obligation” to release the film and demanding they explain to the victims “why you think an actor’s personal life is more important than their dead children”.

MGM responded by saying Minamata continued to be among future releases but its release date was “TBA”.

In an interview with The Sunday Times, Depp spoke about his current position in the film industry.

“We looked these people in the eyeballs and promised we would not be exploitative,” he said of Minamata. “That the film would be respectful. I believe that we’ve kept our end of the bargain, but those who came in later should also maintain theirs.”

“Some films touch people,” he continued. “And this affects those in Minamata and people who experience similar things. And for anything… For Hollywood’s boycott of me? One man, one actor in an unpleasant and messy situation, over the last number of years?”

The interview noted that Depp trailed off before adding: “But, you know, I’m moving towards where I need to go to make all that… To bring things to light.”

In November last year, Depp lost a libel lawsuit in London against The Sun’s publisher after a 2018 headline labelled him a “wife beater” in relation to his ex-wife, Amber Heard.

Depp also lost a bid to overturn the High Court ruling in March this year.

Earlier this month, however, he scored a rare legal victory as he seeks to discover whether Heard carried out her pledge to donate the proceeds of her $7m (£5m) divorce settlement to charity.

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  1. Just seems stupid and wasteful to to make a movie then delay releasing it because of an actors private life. Johnny Depp gives his whole self in every movie i have seen him in. I enjoy his movies and hope things can go better for him. Try to think positive dude. Try not to allow hater to dismay you Please! I Hope Good Karma will come your way and allow you to Shine. Many,Many Fans Rooting for You! 🙂

  2. I love when these losers eat their own. They are all about boycotting something bet when it happens to them then it’s a different story.

  3. Johnny Depp is right.Hollywood is boycotting him.We all know that his ex is a nut job.He proved she lied about physical abuse he said never happened? Why are people,including rag papers,wanna-be reporters(TMZ),and the courts still siding with her? Why hasn’t these people apologized to him and thrown her in prison and give him what he asks for? He’s owed both the apology from everyone who’s against him,and to have his movie IMMEDIATELY RELEASED! There are many of us who are his TRUE FANS and we want to see his movie.Come on Hollywood.Do the right thing.
    Richard K.Lindemann

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