Image of Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow is beamed onto Disneyland Paris Castle following victory in defamation case – weeks after star agreed ‘nothing on this earth’ would tempt him to reprise Pirates role
- Disney beam Johnny Depp’s face on Disneyland Paris castle over the weekend
- First time Disney uses it since dropping him in 2018 over ‘wife beater’ claims
- Depp recently won his defamation suit against Amber Heard
- But Depp said ‘nothing on this earth’ would get him to work with Disney again
Video has emerged showing how images of Johnny Depp in character as Captain Jack Sparrow are being projected on to the castle at Disneyland Paris – weeks after the star won his defamation case against Amber Heard.
The images appeared over the weekend during an impressive Pirates of the Caribbean display featuring fireworks and pyrotechnics in which a line spoken by Jack Sparrow could also be heard.
During his bitter court battle, Depp confirmed to Heard’s lawyer that ‘nothing on this earth’, not even ‘$300 million and a million alpacas’ could get him to go back to work with Disney on a Pirates of the Caribbean film.
Disney dumped Depp just four days after Heard made allegations of domestic abuse against him in a Washington Post op-ed in 2018.
But last month a Virginia court found in favor of Depp against his ex-wife in his defamation trial against her, ordering her to pay him $15 million in damages.
One of Depp’s central claims in his suit was that Heard calling herself a ‘public figure representing domestic abuse’ caused him to lose his role of Captain Jack Sparrow in the blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
An image of the vindicated Captain Jack Sparrow actor was projected onto the castle in Disneyland Paris over the weekend for the first time since the House of Mouse cut ties with Depp
During the trial – which he won – Depp confirmed to Heard’s lawyer that ‘nothing on this earth’, not even ‘$300 million and a million alpacas’ could get him to go back to work with Disney on a Pirates of the Caribbean film
One of Depp’s central claims in his suit was that Heard (pictured) calling herself a ‘public figure representing domestic abuse’ caused him to lose his role Of Captain Jack Sparrow in the blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean franchise
The image was projected during an impressive Pirates of the Caribbean display featuring fireworks and pyrotechnics in which a line spoken by Jack Sparrow could also be heard at Disneyland Paris over the weekend
In 2018, Disney production chief Sean Bailey confirmed that Depp was no longer a part of the franchise’s future plans, but did not ascribe the decision to the allegations against him.
He told The Hollywood Reporter, ‘We want to bring in a new energy and vitality. I love the [Pirates] movies, but part of the reason (writers) Paul (Wernick) and Rhett (Reese) are so interesting is that we want to give it a kick in the pants. And that’s what I’ve tasked them with.’
But the official line did not wash with many, and now fans are demanding that Disney apologize to Depp and reinstate him in the role of the beloved character.
The decision clearly still rankles with Depp, who told the court that he believed it came down to the allegations that he was a ‘wife beater’.
He said: ‘Two years had gone by of constant worldwide talk about me being this wife-beater. So I’m sure that Disney was trying to cut ties to be safe.
‘The #MeToo movement was in full swing at that point.’
Depp also maintained that Disney still wanted to make a profit from the character despite removing him from the movie series.
‘They didn’t remove my character from the wrinkles,’ he explained to the court.
‘They didn’t stop selling dolls of Captain Jack Sparrow. They didn’t stop selling anything.
‘They just didn’t want there to be something trailing behind me that they’d find.’
Captain Jack Sparrow became a beloved and iconic character that was the flagpole of Depp’s career – until Amber Heard’s allegations against him
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, from 2017, was Depp’s last appearance for Disney before they dropped him in 2018 over allegations of domestic abuse
So it would seem that Depp would not be receptive to an apology from Disney executives for their decision to ditch him personally after still milking his character for profit.
Heard’s lawyer Benjamin Rottenborn asked: ‘The fact is, Mr. Depp, if Disney came to you with $300 million and a million alpacas, nothing on this earth would get you to go back and work with Disney on a Pirates of the Caribbean film? Correct?’
Depp replied: ‘That is true, Mr. Rottenborn.’
Hollywood mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer confirmed that there are two scripts were still in the works for a Pirates of the Caribbean 6, but neither featured Johnny Depp.
Speaking about the prospect of a sequel with a female lead, he said: ‘We’re talking to Margot Robbie. We are developing two scripts – one with her, one without.’
However, rumors have started to persist that Depp will return in a supporting role next to Robbie as Sparrow.