Johnny Depp’s having a very bad weekend. Really, really bad. His wife of 15 months, Amber Heard, went into a Los Angeles court this morning and accused him of abuse. She’s filed for divorce. And she asked for a restraining order.
Meantime, Depp faces another huge bomb at the box office this weekend. His “Alice Through the Looking Glass” has a 28 on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics hate it. “X Men Apocalypse” is going to roll over “Alice” this weekend.
This is Depp’s umpteenth non “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie disaster. Lions Gate suffered through “Mortdecai,” a huge failure. Disney still can’t get over “The Lone Ranger.” Hi ho! Warner Bros. has had the brunt of Depp related failures with “Black Mass” and “Transcendence.”
Depp’s real only non “Pirates” hits in recent years were “Dark Shadows” (2012–kind of a bust here, but huge in foreign territories) and “Public Enemies” (2009– $200 mi worldwide).
Depp left his wife, Vanessa Paradis, and kids (including budding 17 year old actress Lily Rose) for his marriage to Heard, who is 22 years his junior. Depp has based his career, seemingly, on two odd choices for role models: Hunter S. Thompson, the late gonzo journalist, and Marlon Brando. They may not have been the most propitious choices.