Johnny Depp said on Monday in court that he wanted to continue making Pirates of the Caribbean movies because he wanted to give Captain Jack Sparrow a “proper goodbye”.
Depp launched a defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard in 2019, after the Aquaman star described herself as a victim of domestic abuse in a 2018 article she penned in The Washington Post. The trial started Monday 11 April in Fairfax, Virginia.
The iconic actor has played Captain Jack Sparrow in the franchise since 2003 when he appeared as the infamous marauder in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.
The actor would go on to play Captain Jack in four additional hit movies and although much loved by fans all around the world, Disney made the decision to stop his return to any future projects, including a long-awaited sixth Pirates movie.
Due to the controversial allegations against Depp, the decision to blackball the 58-year-old was reportedly to save the family-friendly reputation of Disney’s franchise.
Depp’s attorney, Jessica Meyers, attempted to establish on Monday that the actor was in fact still interested in making another movie for the franchise – contrary to the narrative Heard’s attorney was trying to create by saying Depp was unhappy with the series and would not want to play Sparrow again.
In response to Meyers, Depp testified:
“My feeling was that these characters should be able to have their proper goodbye,”
“There’s a way to end a franchise like that… I planned on continuing until it was time to stop”
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