Johnny Depp Gets Candid about his legal battles and extravagant lifestyle
Hollywood actor Johnny Depp opens up in a recent interview with the rolling stone magazine. He gets candid while addressing his highly publicized legal battles and extravagant spending.
The magazine writer Stephen Rodrick was invited in the superstar’s luxury house in London, England where the conversation later led to hard touching subjects such as his complicated relationship with his mother and close friends and his struggle with depression triggered due to his personal and financial worries.
Here’s a look at the biggest revelations from Depp’s interview:
Depp is very much open about his drinking and smoking
Rodrick describes entering Depp’s rented mansion and feeling his presence immediately.
“He is here in the stogie-size joint left by the sink in the guest bathroom. He is here in the never-ending reservoir of wine that is poured into goblets,” he observes.
During their first meeting, Rodrick writes that “Depp sits at the head of the table and motions towards some rolling papers and two equal piles of tobacco and hash, and asks if I mind. I don’t. He pauses for a second. ‘Well, let’s drink some wine first.’ This goes on for 72 hours.
He has complicated relationships with his family
Depp talks extensively about his late mother, Betty Sue, in the interview, who died in 2016 after a long battle with cancer. The actor reveals the first thing he bought when he started making money was a small horse farm for his mom in Kentucky, where she was born.
“My mom was born in a f**king holler in eastern Kentucky,” he says. “Her poor f**king a** was on Phenobarbital at 12.”
Though he clearly loved his mother, he also claims they moved 40 times growing up and that she would sometimes give him “irrational beatings.”
“Maybe it’s an ashtray coming your way. Maybe you’re gonna get clunked with the phone,” he says. “It was a ghost house — no one talked. I don’t think there was ever a way that I thought about people, especially women, other than ‘I can fix them.'”
“Betty Sue, I worshiped her,” he continues, before adding, “She could be a real b***h on wheels.”
At her 2016 funeral, Depp recalls saying, “My mom was maybe the meanest human being I have ever met in my life.”
He actually spent more than $30,000 a month on wine
Depp’s former business associates filed a countersuit against the actor last February after the actor filed a lawsuit in mid-January against The Management Group (TMG) and its associates for allegedly defrauding him and mismanaging his money. Among Depp’s alleged extravagant expenses they claimed they warned him about was spending $30,000 a month on wines flown to him from around the globe.
“It’s insulting to say I spent $30,000 on wine,” Depp says. “Because it was far more.”
Depp also addressed the claim that he paid a sound engineer so he could feed him lines through an earpiece while filming, explaining that it was actually sounds that were fed to him, which he says allowed him to be a better actor.
“I’ve got bagpipes, a baby crying and bombs going off,” Depp shares of the sounds. “It creates a truth. Some of my biggest heroes were in a 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**king words are.
His battle with depression
Depp says that after his divorce from Heard and his lawsuit, he became severely depressed.
“I was as low as I believe I could have gotten,” he says. “The next step was, ‘you’re going to arrive somewhere with your eyes open and you’re going to leave with your eyes closed.’ I couldn’t take the pain every day.”
He says he then went on tour with his band, The Hollywood Vampires, and started writing a memoir on an old manual typewriter, like Thompson.
“I poured myself a vodka in the morning and started writing until the tears filled my eyes and I couldn’t see the pages anymore,” he tearfully says. “I kept trying to figure out what I’d done to deserve this. I tried being kind to everyone, helping everyone, being truthful to everyone.”
“The truth is most important to me,” he adds. “And all this still happened.”
He supported Penélope Cruz while they filmed Pirates of the Caribbean
Cruz reveals to the magazine she told Depp that she was pregnant right before shooting 2011’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and contemplated dropping out. She says Depp opposed.
“He protected me every day, and by the end, I was six months pregnant,” Cruz says. “I’ll never forget that.”
“I imagine Johnny doing a version of Jack Sparrow at 70, or 80,” Cruz also muses, referencing his iconic Pirates character. “It will be as charming and as great.”
He has plenty of thoughts on Harvey Weinstein
Depp recalls his interaction with the disgraced movie mogul, calling him an “a**hole” and a “bully” when he worked with him and director Jim Jarmusch on 1995’s Dead Man.
Still, he recalls a more tender side to Weinstein, when he witnessed him picking up his daughter from school.
“The image that took my breath away was Harvey Weinstein, a goliath Shrek thing, bending down to put on his daughter’s raincoat,” he shares.
Earlier this month, some fans became concerned about Depp after photos of him in Russia were shared on social media, in which they commented that he looked “thin.” However, an insider told ET that Depp, who is currently on tour with The Hollywood Vampires, is doing fine.
“Johnny is healthy and is enjoying his time on the road with his band,” the source said.