2022 – Johnny Depp and Amber Heard: Can their careers survive trial?

CNN spoke to six experts in the entertainment industry for this story, some of whom spoke about their professional relationship protection background.

“I wasn’t sure what to expect before he took the stage and if anything I think it just helped his public image,” the source said.

A top Hollywood publicist who didn’t work with Depp or Heard said none of their pictures did off well.

“Both are deeply dysfunctional. Money is poisonous and greed is destructive. Nobody wins here,” said this publicist.

‘tolerant’ industry

Of course, there are hurdles both actors must overcome when the litigation ends.

Heard testified that Depp was both verbally and physically abusive. Depp was also accused of sexual violence during their relationship.

Depp has repeatedly claimed that he never hit a woman, denied Heard’s allegations of sexual violence, and described himself as a victim of domestic violence at the hands of Heard, which he denies.

Depp and Heard met on the set of their movie The Rum Diary in 2009 and were married from 2015 to 2016 before divorcing

Photographs, audio and video recordings painted a picture of two people in a relationship that Laurel Anderson, a clinical psychologist who worked with Depp and Heard as a marriage counselor, described as “mutual abuse” on April 14, 2015. (To illustrate how controversial this trial was, the same witness used the term to spur criticism ).

Entertainment Agent Daryl Marshak believes that film studios may be reluctant — at least initially — to deal with the actors involved in the controversy that has gone public.

“Robert Downey Jr won an Oscar, then he brought his personal work to the world, and people were kind of dismissive,” said Marshak, who has previously represented Leonardo DiCaprio and Hilary Swank. “I think Hollywood is a strange place. When you fan the dirty laundry in front of the machine, the executives, all the people moving the parts, kind of shy away from the hot flame.”

Depp alleges that a 2018 comment by Heard describing herself as a “public figure who represents domestic violence” tarnished his reputation. He has acted in two films to which he has not been credited since the suspension, Waiting for the Barbarians and Minamata, both of which are independent films.

Amber Heard during her testimony on May 5th.

Heard, whose counterclaim alleges she was defamed by Depp’s lawyer who called her abuse allegations a “hoax,” will appear in the Aquaman sequel, due out in 2023.

Marshak believes Depp’s “amazing talent” will help him return to the big screen.

“Hollywood is forgiving too, and while it goes ahead and that thing isn’t airing, Johnny can smoothly get back to work. I think he will come back again,” he said. “Hollywood is a turbulent place.”

Lawyers’ courtroom appearances for Depp and Heard – a trial that was broadcast live by millions of viewers – could shape the industry’s perspective on the two stars.

Ruisi, founder and president of AKR Public Relations & AKR Ventures, told CNN: “People around the world seem polarized by the trial, we’ve noticed in the press before it climaxes in the courtroom.”

Rossi believed that Depp’s representatives were more effective.

“Mr. Depp’s legal and strategic communications team has done an outstanding job of delivering a consistent message in the courtroom and across the media, which I believe has helped secure the support of his fan base.”

Not that Depp’s supporters needed to be alerted. The scales of justice on social media have tilted so hard in his favour, that the imbalance has prompted headlines to ponder the reasoning behind it. A writer on The Cut asked, “This is a woman who recounts in painful detail how a very famous man abused her. Why do they seem to hate so many people for that in 2022?”
Sociologist Nicole Pedera has come up with some theories – both Twitter And in an article in Harper’s Bazaar – on why both domestic violence survivors and many women in general support Depp.

“It can be frightening—and shocking for victims—for women to sympathize with an abuse survivor,” she wrote. “If violence *already exists* everywhere, and if it feels like it can happen to anyone, many women will worry that they will become Next.” “So it is surprising that so many women come to Deb’s defense? No. Not at all.”

Heard had his supporters, but his voice fell far short of Depp’s—whether in entertainment, in or around the courtroom.
Former Heard star David Krumholtz has come forward to defend her, and actress Elaine Barkin testified to her defensive team and comedian Kathy Griffin, who Wrote In response to Heard’s pre-trial tweet: “Thinking of you and sending all the love.”

For two working actors, after a session adjourned, will producers be as reliable in texting them as viewers were tweeting?

Franchise futures under threat?

At the heart of Heard and Depp’s lawsuits lie allegations that their careers – particularly their futures in their own film franchises – have been negatively affected.

Over the past few weeks of testimony, Depp’s team has been trying to establish that Depp, who portrayed Jack Sparrow in five films, was dropped from a possible sixth film in the Pirates of the Caribbean series due to Heard’s comment.

Johnny Depp in

Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced the Pirates of the Caribbean films, told The Times that “the future is not yet decided” regarding Depp’s participation in a possible next.

The producer said the creative team is “developing two ‘pirate’ scripts – one potentially starring Margot Robbie and one without Robbie.”

The last movie was Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales in 2017.

In an affidavit in court, Depp’s former agent Christian Carino, who began representing Depp in October 2016 and even represented Depp and Heard simultaneously, testified that he believed Heard’s allegations of domestic violence against Depp cost the actor a salary, which was worth tens of millions of dollars.

And when Heard’s attorney Carino pressed for other issues Depp might have encountered while working on the previous “Pirate” films, he turned them down.

“He realizes he’s late, but he’s been late for everything his whole life,” Carino said. “I think it’s annoying to everyone, but everyone has learned how to make a movie to deal with it.”

Other witnesses saw his behavior as more harmful.

Tracey Jacobs, who testified in a recorded statement and represented Depp as a talented agent for 30 years before she was fired, testified as a witness that she had been honest with Depp about her persistent delays on filming sets and his behavior, including drug and alcohol use, appeared. It hurt his career.

Jacobs testified, “His star was fading because it was hard for him to get jobs due to the reputation he had for being late and other things.” People were talking and the question was about his behavior there.”

The Hollywood director who didn’t work with Depp but interviewed him told CNN he doesn’t think Depp will lead another major franchise.

“I think Johnny Depp could be cast in a lot of independent films because he still has a lot of value to the name and there is an audience for him, but the studios will be more careful for reasons of insurance and because of the possibility of stopping protection. About the public backlash from smaller independent companies.”

Jason Momoa and Amber Heard in Aquaman 2018.

For Heard, the director believes that the interest surrounding the trial has not helped her image.

There is currently a petition to drop Heard from the upcoming Aquaman sequel, which has already been filmed and is in post-production. (CNN and Warner Bros. are both part of Warner Bros. Discovery.)

It probably won’t. But Walter Hamada, president of DC Films that produced Aquaman, testified that the creative team had concerns that Heard would reprise her role in the franchise due to a lack of chemistry with co-star Jason Momoa.

He also said that the studio never intended for Heard to star in the second film and that Heard’s role in the upcoming Aquaman the Lost Kingdom was not cut back.

Regardless of the jury’s decision, Herald PR founder Judah Engelmayr, who has represented celebrities including humiliating producer Harvey Weinstein, told CNN that Depp’s time in court — which included weird and memorable moments involving doodles and Jelly Beans — His image was enhanced.

“His statements, whether true or not, led to a resurgence of fans who missed him,” he said. “For the sake of his reputation and career, studios consider that he still has a following,” he said.

To hear in court on May 24.

As for Heard, whose career was less well established than Depp when their relationship began and the disturbing allegations, it’s hard to say, according to sources.

Nearly a decade ago, before Depp’s drama broke out, Heard told Vanity Fair that she was prepared for the ups and downs of her acting career.

“Do you think you would have followed him if you knew it would be such a circus?” Heard was asked in a 2013 job interview.

Heard replied, “Sure.” “I really love the fight you are in all the time… You are always in a fight or flight situation. It is a constant struggle. So I don’t know if I can get it any other way.”

CNN’s Sonia Moggi contributed to this report.