Did Amber Heard Lose Her Role in ‘Aquaman 2’?
Amber Heard and Johnny Depp's trial and toxic relationship have negatively affected their careers, including Heard's participation in Jason Momoa's "Aquaman 2."
Johnny Depp's defamation case against Amber Heard seems far from over. The world learns new aspects of their unhealthy marriage each day, including that Heard didn't donate her $7 million divorce settlement and supposedly covered her bruises with makeup.
On May 16, 2022, Heard opened up on the defamation trial's impact on her career as an actress, specifically her role as Mera in the upcoming "Aquaman 2."
Amber Heard at the Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, Virginia, on April 21, 2022 | Source: Getty Images
DID AMBER HEARD LOSE HER "AQUAMAN 2" ROLE?
Heard claimed her ex-husband, Depp, created a "smear campaign" to tear down her career and reputation. Depp allegedly used a "sophisticated public relations machine" to deem her a liar and prevent her from landing acting and sponsorship gigs.
Heard revealed that she lost job opportunities and was dropped from projects. Although she was not fired from "Aquaman 2," she could only shoot a "very pared-down version" of what she was supposed to.
Amber Heard on July 28, 2020 in London, England | Source: Getty Images
The "Never Back Down" star explained that the script she initially received from director James Wan and screenwriter David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick included more action-packed scenes of her character, Mera, fighting another character.
However, they significantly reduced Mera's participation. Heard's legal team is sure the film made that decision after Depp's attorney said Heard's claims were a "hoax."
It is essential to point out that Depp is sure that being called a "wife-beater" after Heard claimed she was a victim of domestic violence damaged his career. He lost his roles in "Pirates of the Caribbean" and the "Harry Potter" spinoff movie series "Fantastic Beasts."
WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO JOHNNY DEPP AND AMBER HEARD'S CAREERS AFTER THE TRIAL?
Crisis public relations expert Juda Engelmayer believes both Heard and Depp will have the chance to revitalize their acting careers. In Depp's case, though, he should forget about playing the hero.
[Heard and Depp] would either negotiate or fight for every audition, meeting, or script she got.
Depp's value as a movie star is too high, so he would not simply disappear from the entertainment industry. Instead, he would be cast in independent films or play villains, criminals, or mobsters.
Meanwhile, Engelmayer said tHeard would have it easier than Depp because she would come out as a woman speaking her truth, and the fact that "Aquaman 2" did not fire her seems to prove it.
DID JOHNNY DEPP WANT AMBER HEARD TO STOP ACTING?
During their trial, Heard said Depp wanted her to give up her acting career. He supposedly tried to control the roles she took and would criticize her wish to keep acting.
She revealed they would negotiate or fight for every audition, meeting, or script she got because he was too insecure. The actress added that it was hard for her because she was always independent and never pictured herself not working.
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