Johnny Depp has just opened up about his personal and financial troubles in a jaw-dropping new interview with Rolling Stone.
For the article, journalist Stephen Rodrick spent three days with Depp at his mansion, with the actor being under the influence of hash and wine for much of that time. Rodrick notes that Depp went from being hilarious to just incoherent over the course of the three days, and in general, the profile paints the picture of a sad, lonely man who doesn’t realize how pathetic he comes across, one who is acting like he’s in his 20s while in his 50s.
Depp and Amber Heard divorced in 2017 following reports that he abused her, and he’s currently suing his former managers, saying they mishandled his finances and lost him millions of dollars. The Pirates of the Caribbean star says that he reached a low point in his life due to these issues, explaining:
“I was as low as I believe I could have gotten. The next step was, ‘You’re going to arrive somewhere with your eyes open and you’re going to leave there with your eyes closed.’ I couldn’t take the pain every day.”
Depp says that he began writing a memoir on a typewriter every day while going through these trying times. He told Rolling Stone:
“I poured myself a vodka in the morning and started writing until the tears filled my eyes and I couldn’t see the page anymore. I kept trying to figure out what I’d done to deserve this. I’d tried being kind to everyone, helping everyone, being truthful to everyone. The truth is most important to me. And all this still happened.”
Although Depp wouldn’t go into too many specifics about the Heard situation because he signed a non-disclosure agreement, according to the article, many of Depp’s friends and family members had reservations about the relationship, urging him not to get married without a prenup.
In terms of his financial problems, Depp makes a bunch of unbelievable claims about his former managers in this interview, including saying that when his sister moved out of a $30,000 a month house that he was paying for, they forgot to cancel the lease. However, the reporter himself notes that after looking at a lot of paperwork, it’s hard to believe that Depp wasn’t aware of his dire financial situation or the amount of money he was signing away until it was too late, as he claims.
The actor’s managers have previously alleged that Depp lives a lifestyle that costs over $2 million a month despite not being able to afford to do so. Depp now acknowledges some extravagant spending, including hiring a sound engineer to feed him lines in an earpiece during the production of his movies. He claims this helps him act with his eyes, explaining:
“I’ve got bagpipes, a baby crying and bombs going off. It creates a truth. Some of my biggest heroes were in silent film. It had to be behind the eyes. And my feeling is, that if there’s no truth behind the eyes, doesn’t matter what the f*cking words are.”
Hilariously, Depp denied some of the numbers associated with his spending that his managers have thrown out there, saying that he actually spends a lot more than they’ve said. For example, his managers claimed he spends $30,000 a month on wine, but Depp told Rolling Stone, “It’s insulting to say that I spent $30,000 on wine. Because it was far more.”
Depp also denied spending $3 million to shoot Hunter S. Thompson’s ashes into the sky with a cannon, saying that, in reality, he spent $5 million to do so. Weirdly, the Rolling Stone reporter fact-checked this and found that it actually did cost $3 million.
However, the actor lamented the fact that all of these details about his financial problems have made their way into the press. “My son had to hear about how his old man lost all his money from kids at school, that’s not right,” he said.
Some other interesting, weird details from the story include:
- Penélope Cruz says Depp once tried to pull out his own tooth while having dinner at a restaurant.
- Depp admits to trying to have subplots cut in the Pirates films, saying, “Why must you have these f*cking heinous subplots? It’s convoluted. There is not a f*cking soul that wants to see Captain Jack Sparrow sad.”
- When seeing Harvey Weinstein on TV, Depp says, “Have you seen his wife? It’s not a wide range. It’s not like he went, ‘I must go to the Poconos to find some hairy-backed b*tch.'”
- He says using LSD would have sped up the capture of Osama Bin Laden. “You get a bunch of f*cking planes, big f*cking planes that spray sh*t, and you drop LSD 25,” he said. “You saturate the f*cking place. Every single thing will walk out of their cave smiling, happy.”
- Apparently, Depp’s favorite kind of sandwich is tuna-fish-and-corn.
- At one point, Depp says, seemingly jokingly, that he always wears two pairs of underwear. “Matter of fact, I’m wearing six condoms right now,” he adds.
So what’s Depp’s next move? He tells Rolling Stone he wants to direct a movie, which would be an adaptation of a French book about a man who loses everything, including his wife, and then decides to check into a home for senior citizens despite only being in his 40s. The title? Happier Days. Clearly, Depp can relate to the plot.
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