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Johnny Depp’s Agent Breaks Down Actor’s Salaries From Period Of Controversy

Johnny Depp’s Agent Breaks Down Actor’s Salaries From Period Of Controversy

Depp claims Amber Heard's op-ed had a hugely damaging effect on his career

Johnny Depp's agent has revealed how much the actor made for the final few films he shot during his period of controversy with Amber Heard.

The actor is in the midst of a defamation case, having sued his ex-wife for $50 million over an article she wrote back in 2018 in which she claimed she was a survivor of abuse.

Depp argues that it led to him incurring huge reputational damage and had a negative impact on his career, despite him not being named in the piece.

Heard has launched a counter-claim against Depp for $100m.

During a hearing today, Depp's agent Jack Whigham discussed the difficulty the Hollywood star had getting work after the article was published in the Washington Post.

He also revealed how much Depp was paid for his final few films.

Johnny Depp made $39m for his final few films.

According to Whigham, the 58-year-old earned $10m for the 2017 release Murder on the Orient Express, $8m for the 2018 film City of Lies and $13.5m for Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald.

However, Whigham said Depp only went on to take home just $3.5m for The Professor, $1m in 2019 for Waiting for the Barbarians and $3m for the delayed 2020 release of Minimata.

During his testimony, Whighman claimed that the op-ed had a 'catastrophic' impact on his client's career and made it 'impossible' to get work from a studio, claiming that he was set to receive $22.5m to star in Pirates of The Caribbean 6.

He said: "After the op-ed it was impossible to get him a studio film.

"It was a first-person account coming from the victim. It became a death-knell catastrophic thing for Mr. Depp in the Hollywood community.

Jack Whigham said the op-ed made it 'impossible' for Depp to get a studio movie.

"The op-ed came out in December (2018) right as we were going on Christmas break.

"Minimata was supposed to start (showing) in January (2019). It was very, very difficult to keep Minimata together.

"The financing became shaky, Johnny's fee came down in order to save the movie."

On cross-examination, Heard's legal team claimed that the figure of $22.5m was never formally proposed to Depp and that Disney was already thinking of moving away from him prior to the op-ed coming out.

However, Whigham said he had been hopeful of turning the tide.

He said: "It was trending badly in the late fall on behalf of Disney.

"But Jerry Bruckheimer and I were lobbying to make it happen, and so we had hope. And it became clear to me in early 2019 that it was over."

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Topics: Johnny Depp, Amber Heard