Johnny Depp 'tried to get Amber Heard axed from Aquaman'

Ben Arnold
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Aquaman (Credit: Warner Bros)
Aquaman (Warner Bros)

Johnny Depp reportedly tried to get Amber Heard axed from the DC movie Aquaman, according to details revealed in court during the actor's recent defamation lawsuit against The Sun.

Via an extensive piece in The Hollywood Reporter, which details some of the 132-page ruling from Justice Andrew Nicol, Depp texted his sister, Christi Dembrowski, a movie producer with some influence at Warner Bros.

“I want her replaced on the WB film,” the message read, which Depp admitted he sent while in court claiming he had been defamed by the newspaper, which had called him a 'wife-beater'.

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In the 2 November ruling, Justice Nicol sided with Heard over claims that Depp had assaulted her on multiple occasions, and made her fear for her life, calling the article in question 'substantially true'.

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The text is among a number of revelations revealed in the report, which also repeats claims that Depp uses a personal sound technician and earpiece on movie sets 'so he doesn't have to learn lines'.

It adds that he's so dependent on the earpiece system that he even promoted one of his sound technicians to the role of CEO of his production company.

Actor Johnny Depp and girlfriend Amber Heard laugh as they arrive for the UK premiere of "Mortdecai" at Leicester Sqaure in London January 19, 2015.  REUTERS/Luke MacGregor  (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard at the UK premiere of Mortdecai in 2015. (Reuters)

Rumours that he received his full pay for Fantastic Beasts 3 are also confirmed in the article.

Following the court ruling, Warner Bros asked for Depp's resignation from the movie, in which he was to reprise his role as the evil wizard Grindelwald.

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“Firstly, I'd like to thank everybody who has gifted me with their support and loyalty. I have been humbled and moved by your many messages of love and concern, particularly over the last few days,” he said in a statement.

“I wish to let you know that I have been asked to resign by Warner Bros from my role as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts and I have respected and agreed to that request.

Depp in Fantastic Beasts 2 (Credit: Warner Bros)
Depp in Fantastic Beasts 2 (Warner Bros)

“My resolve remains strong and I intend to prove that the allegations against me are false. My life and career will not be defined by this moment in time.”

According to THR, Depp had a 'pay or play' deal with the studio, that did not contain a morality clause, and therefore was entitled to his full $16 million payday.

It's said that he had only shot one single scene in the movie, and has now been replaced by Mads Mikkelsen in the role.

Depp filed an appeal against the ruling on Tuesday this week, though the grounds of his appeal are not yet known.

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