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In recent times, news has broken concerning the information that Disney is adamant about re-hiring Johnny Depp back for the role of Captain Jack Sparrow in their ‘Pirates of the Caribbean,’ franchise. Johnny Depp was paramount to the overall success of the film series, even though the role he played was not originally meant to be a leading character. Captain Jack Sparrow began as a side character, but through Depp’s exceptional acting the role was transformed after it captured the hearts and minds of viewers alike. In the recent past, public perception of Depp was skewed by perceived wrongdoings relating to his ex-wife, and famous actress, Amber Heard.                        

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Depp was labeled a physical abuser, and many of his long-existing relationships within his professional life ended as a result of these widespread opinions based upon rumors, and Heard’s own accusations. Depp essentially was blacklisted and with many filmmaking companies and productions studios, he was deemed untouchable. The magnitude and weight of Heard’s allegations against Depp hung like a dark cloud over his personal life and career. To many fans that were unable to separate fact from opinion, it felt like a personal loss, losing a childhood idol whose character’s often stood for what is good and righteous. Now with Johnny Depp winning his case against Heard, many are left wondering what adventures are now in store for everyone’s favorite pirate.                                  

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Depp During Trial States That He Would Never Play Captain Jack Sparrow Again 

During the liable trial of Depp v. Heard, when Johnny Depp was on the stand, it was revealed that never again would the famous actor be willing to reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow for Disney. While Depp was on the witness stand in court during their legal battle, Amber Heard’s attorney, Ben Rottenborn, directly asked Depp if he would ever consider a possible return to Disney. Rottenborn asserted, “The fact is, Mr. Depp, if Disney came to you with $300 million and a million alpacas, nothing on this earth would get you to go back and work with Disney on a Pirates of the Caribbean film? Correct?” In response to this statement by Heard’s lawyer, Depp replied, “That is true, Mr. Rottenborn.

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It is clear from this line of questioning the personal feelings that Depp has towards the way that he has been treated by Disney as well as other companies that cut ties with him immediately without questioning the merit of the allegations directed against him. While it is easy for Depp to state that he would never return to Disney without an offer of $300 million actually on the table, it is completely understandable to see the position that he is coming from. As someone who much of the world has assumed the worst of, without actually knowing the truth, or having evidence to support these horrific claims by Heard, Depp is rightfully angered by the way the public has treated him and his moral character.

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Disney Rumoredly Apologizes To Johnny Depp and Offers Him $301 Million To Return To His Former Role

In recent news, it has been reported that Disney, following the verdict that landed in favor of Depp, turned to the legendary actor in the hopes that he would return to his publicly beloved role as Captain Jack Sparrow. In his trial, Depp stated that not even $300 million would be enough to entice him to return to working with Disney. In the description that Disney had approached the actor, the reported amount that Disney offered Depp in order to cement his return to the franchise was exactly $301 million. This amount being precisely $1 million more than the amount he rejected in his public legal battle against Heard. With news of this offer quickly circulating, many fans were extremely ecstatic to hear of a possible comeback from Depp, stemming from what would be a return to one of his most iconic roles.

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Although, through a thorough examination of this rumored information, it is quick and easy to identify the likelihood that Disney would be spending the total amount of a film’s budget on one returning actor. The unlikeliness of this happening combined with Depp’s own earlier assertion that it would be impossible to rekindle the relationship between him and Disney, reflects the truth of the situation. In a world where Depp would return to reprise the role of Captain Jack, it would take far more than money to prove to this man that these companies actually support him, and have his best interests at heart. For someone like Johnny Depp, money is of little consequence. What truly matters to this icon is now his everlasting legacy, which can be further built without the aid of Disney!            

What Is The Truth of This Rumored Apology and Offer By Disney?

The actual truth of the rumored apology and $301 million offer by Disney is sadly false. Many reputable sources have recently released stories that address this alleged offer by Disney and have determined that it is in fact misinformation. “In a statement to NBC News, a representative for Depp responded to the rumor, stating, ‘This is made up.’” Despite the unfortunate fact that this information is indeed hearsay, the significance and vast reach that this news ascertained prove undeniably the popularity and fame that Depp holds in society. Consequently, when someone of this stature is accused of wrong-doing it seems like it is natural for society and for humans to assume the worst of that person. In many ways, by Depp in court stating that he would not even accept an offer of $300 million to work with a corporation that cut all ties with him, was a reflection of the personal struggle that Depp unnecessarily was forced to endure.

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Even with his recent victory in court which found Heard guilty of public slander, and awarded Depp $8 million for his troubles, still is not enough to free Depp from the weight of these dark and grim allegations. These accusations will forever exist in the court of public and sadly be a part of the legacy that Depp will one day leave behind. For this reason and more, it is clear why Depp would state that no amount of money, not even $300 million, would be enough to repair the betrayal that left Depp no choice but to suffer in silence, and await his chance at clearing his name (which he did).          

By Thomas Jacobs

Click here to read The Hollywood Insider’s CEO Pritan Ambroase’s love letter to Cinema, TV and Media. An excerpt from the love letter: The Hollywood Insider’s CEO/editor-in-chief Pritan Ambroase affirms, We have the space and time for all your stories, no matter who/what/where you are. Media/Cinema/TV have a responsibility to better the world and The Hollywood Insider will continue to do so. Talent, diversity and authenticity matter in Cinema/TV, media and storytelling. In fact, I reckon that we should announce “talent-diversity-authenticity-storytelling-Cinema-Oscars-Academy-Awards” as synonyms of each other. We show respect to talent and stories regardless of their skin color, race, gender, sexuality, religion, nationality, etc., thus allowing authenticity into this system just by something as simple as accepting and showing respect to the human species’ factual diversity. We become greater just by respecting and appreciating talent in all its shapes, sizes, and forms. Award winners, which includes nominees, must be chosen on the greatness of their talent ALONE.

I am sure I am speaking for a multitude of Cinema lovers all over the world when I speak of the following sentiments that this medium of art has blessed me with. Cinema taught me about our world, at times in English and at times through the beautiful one-inch bar of subtitles. I learned from the stories in the global movies that we are all alike across all borders. Remember that one of the best symbols of many great civilizations and their prosperity has been the art they have left behind. This art can be in the form of paintings, sculptures, architecture, writings, inventions, etc. For our modern society, Cinema happens to be one of them. Cinema is more than just a form of entertainment, it is an integral part of society. I love the world uniting, be it for Cinema, TV. media, art, fashion, sport, etc. Please keep this going full speed.

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  • Thomas Jacobs

    Thomas Jacobs is an avid writer, Cinema aficionado, and filmmaker. He graduated with Dean’s Honors from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a major in Film and Digital Media. His passion is directly tied to the appreciation and creation of film and television, and this fact is reflected in his intent to be a writer for the acclaimed entertainment journal, The Hollywood Insider. His beliefs mirror the core goals and mission statement of The Hollywood Insider by sharing an admiration for quality entertainment as well as bolstering a sense of positivity and equality among all humans. Thomas believes that Cinema is an advantageous promoter of civil and social empowerment, and he shares a mutual societal view with  The Hollywood Insider, that people should not be judged by the color of their skin, but the content of their character.

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