Depp was part of the franchise since the first installment, 'The Curse of the Black Pearl,' released in 2003.
Johnny Depp has confirmed that no amount of money will convince him to return to the iconic role of Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. The 58-year-old made a strong statement during cross-examination in the defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard. According to Variety, Heard's attorney Ben Rottenborn asked Depp during the proceedings, "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?" "That is true, Mr. Rottenborn," Depp replied.
Johnny Depp Would Reject Offer to Return for Pirates of the Caribbean 6 https://t.co/uG8YJ26VrF— Nestor Garcia (@maelmefis90) April 21, 2022
The former couple began dating in 2012, tied the knot in 2015, and eventually split in May 2016, with Heard filing for divorce. After their tumultuous relationship ended, Depp sued ex-wife Heard for $50 million over a Washington Post op-ed in which she claimed to be a victim of domestic violence. Depp first filed the $50 million lawsuit in March 2019 but it was postponed due to the pandemic. While the Aquaman actress never mentioned Depp by name, the actor believes it greatly damaged his career.
Rottenborn also asked Depp about an article from October 2018, which reported that Depp was “out as Jack Sparrow.” “I wasn’t aware of that, but it doesn’t surprise me,” Depp testified. “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 wanted to fight the allegations because “there was not a molecule of truth to it.” “The advice I was given was to not fight it,” he testified. “I wasn’t given much of a choice.” To resolve the divorce he agreed to pay Heard $7 million. But Heard's Washington Post piece is what pushed the actor to file a lawsuit. “I would be a real simpleton to not think that there was an effect on my career based on Ms. Heard’s words, whether they mentioned my name or not,” he said.
The Pirates of the Caribbean star told of his abusive upbringing at the hands of his mother as he was questioned by his own lawyers. Domestic violence cases can be extremely complicated, and the Heard/Depp situation proves that. https://t.co/TZJStJynL9— Lisa Britton (@LisaBritton) April 19, 2022
“Once that happened, I lost then,” the actor continued. “No matter the outcome of this trial, I’ll carry that for the rest of my days… I’m suing her over defamation and the various falsities that she used to bring my life to an end." Depp also mentioned in his testimony that, despite Disney keeping the image of Jack Sparrow in all avenues of the franchise, the actor himself was cut off. “They didn’t remove my character from the rides,” he said. “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.”