After Johnny Depp was dropped from his role in Pirates of the Caribbean back in 2018, fans have been passionately petitioning for him to be brought back.
And now, they’ve finally hit their 500K goal, but what does it mean for the actor?
Scroll on to find out…
Now, we all know it’s been a very turbulent couple of years for Johnny Depp.
The Kentucky born actor, who has been renowned in Hollywood since the 1990s, has been embroiled in a highly publicized domestic abuse scandal with his ex-girlfriend, Amber Heard, for the last 5 years.
At first, this coupling seemed to be at the start of a promising relationship.
After meeting on the set of The Rum Diary in 2011, the actor started dating Texan actress and model, Amber Heard, shortly after calling it quits with his long-term partner, Vanessa Paradis.
They announced their engagement in 2014…
And, not ones to waste any time, hastily tied the knot just one year later in February 2015.
However, it was here when things started to go a little ship-shaped.
Their honeymoon period was rather short-lived as, just months after their marriage, Johnny reportedly suffered a hand injury as a result of “smashing bottles and windows” during a heated argument with his wife.
For the next year, various reports of abuse between the pair continued to surface…
So it came as no shock when Amber filed for divorce in March 2016, just fifteen months after the couple had initially exchanged their “I do”s.
At first, the divorce seemed unsuspicious…
With many news outlets reporting that Amber had cited “irreconcilable differences” while filing the divorce petition.
But, only a few months into their separation…
Amber filed a restraining order against Johnny, claiming that he had previously assaulted her.
It was a big allegation to make…
So people were confused when Amber retracted her allegations just one day before the hearing was due to be held.
But this didn’t stop the world from turning against Johnny.
Amber had alleged that the actor had hit her on several occasions, and even provided video footage of him flinging a glass of wine across the room in a fit of rage.
And, in 2018, the actress penned an article for The Washington Post where she opened up about her experience with domestic abuse and violence.
Though she didn’t explicitly name Johnny in her op-ed, she did allude to the time period when, “two years ago, I became a public figure representing domestic abuse, and I felt the full force of our culture’s wrath for women who speak out.”
There was an outpour of support for Amber…
Who was even made the American Civil Liberties Union’s “Ambassador for Women’s Issues”.
And, despite profusely denying all the allegations against him…
Johnny found his career taking a hit as a result of the on-going scandal.
Fewer and fewer directors were hiring Johnny for roles…
And his appearance in J.K Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts sequel, The Crimes of Grindelwald, was heavily criticized.
And, in 2018, he was dropped from his iconic role as Captain Jack Sparrow.
In a career-shattering announcement just 4 days after Amber’s damning article, Disney announced that the actor would no longer be a part of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
Though they didn’t directly cite Amber’s abuse allegations…
It was widely assumed that Disney, who have earned over $4.5 billion at the box office from the Pirates franchise, were trying to distance themselves from the actor and the scandal surrounding him.
But then, there was a sudden change in events.
Johnny filed a $50-million defamation case against Amber, and presented evidence that he was the one on the receiving end of the abuse, not the other way around.
Shockingly, the actor alleged that he was the victim all along.
Johnny’s defamation lawsuit read:
“The op-ed [Amber’s article] depended on the central premise that Ms. Heard was a domestic abuse victim and that Mr. Depp perpetrated domestic violence against her.”
The lawsuit also states that all of Amber’s claims were “categorically and demonstrably false”…
And listed down incidents of Amber’s alleged abuse since the start of their marriage, including punching and kicking, as well as staging her attacks.
The allegations are difficult to read.
“She hit, punched and kicked me. She also repeatedly and frequently threw objects into my body and head, including heavy bottles, soda cans, burning candles, television remote controls and paint thinner cans, which severely injured me.” His lawsuit read.
And, to tarnish the actress’ reputation and credibility even further…
Audio obtained by the Daily Mail was released that heard her admitting to attacking Johnny.
As per the audio clip, she could also be heard taunting him…
“You are such a baby. Grow the f*** up, Johnny. You poke an animal enough, it is eventually, it doesn’t matter how friendly it is, it’s not cool,” Amber can be heard saying.
The case was grueling…
Johnny then went to court for his libel case against The Sun newspaper – whom he is suing over a 2018 article in which he was described as a “wife-beater.”
The pair were in court as part of the 3-week long trial.
While in court, both parties played pretty dirty, revealing compromising photographs of each other which have blown everything out of the water, yet again.
And of course with the evidence came more allegations.
But things didn’t go Johnny’s way…
And he lost the case.
Of course, this massive loss was terrible for the actor’s name…
As he was soon forced to resign from his role in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts 3.
The actor announced the news via his Instagram and many of his fans were not happy.
So, some fans decided to take action…
And petitions to revive Johnny’s roles in both Fantastic Beasts 3 and Pirates of the Caribbean were launched.
And now, one petition has reached it’s target goal.
The petition titled “We want JOHNNY DEPP back as CAPTIN JACK SPARROW” was created more than 2 years ago.
Over 500,000 people have since signed the petition.
523,606, to be precise.
The petition states:
“Johnny Depp has been out recently as Captain Jack Sparrow. One of the reasons is his personal issues as well. He has been playing this role since 2003 when we first saw him arriving at the Port Royal in his boat with that epic background music playing.”
“But can you imagine someone else portraying this instead of him? Or no Jack Sparrow at all?”
“Disney is rebooting Dead Men Tell No Tales because of its box office but don’t they know that without Johnny Depp or Jack Sparrow they will sink, they will never be able to reach that horizon they are looking for.”
“Even if it means nothing to you but please, sign this petition for the ones who REALLY want Johnny Depp as their Captain of the Black Pearl!”
It finishes by adding:
“They have to bring him back to rule the seas again or we will never watch any Pirates of the Caribbean movie without our Captain.”
While the petition doesn’t mean Depp will be reinstated into the role…
It does signal to Disney that fans want Depp to be a part of franchises future.
The goal has now now been adjusted to 1 million signees.
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