Johnny Depp thinks that Hollywood is blacklisting him due to his lstest film, Minamata, being unable to secure a United States release date. Depp has been the subject of domestic violence allegations from ex-wife and fellow actor Amber Heard. In an article in The Sun, he was referred to as a “wife-beater”.
Following several court cases, Depp and Heard are public enemies and the Pirates of The Caribbean actor once tried to have his ex-wife from the cast of upcoming DC superhero movie Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom.
“Some films touch people… and this affects those in Minamata and people who experience similar things,” Depp said in a new interview witht he Sunday Times. “And for anything… for Hollywood’s boycott of, erm, me? One man, one actor in an unpleasant and messy situation, over the last number of years?”
MGM studios issued a statement earlier in July, explaining that the release date for the film is still unconfirmed: “Minamata continues to be among future [American International Pictures] releases and at this time, the film’s U.S. release date is TBA.”
Minamata follows a photojournalist who reports on the damage industrial pollution has had on the people of Minamata, in Japan.
“We looked these people in the eyeballs and promised we would not be exploitative,” he said of the people of the city. “That the film would be respectful. I believe that we’ve kept our end of the bargain, but those who came in later should also maintain theirs.”