Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Johnny Depp’s Really Bad Weekend: Another Movie Bomb, Plus Wife Accuses Him of Abuse

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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.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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