Johnny Depp trial: Amber Heard was almost replaced in "Aquaman 2" for lack of chemistry with Jason Momoa

Johnny Depp trial: Amber Heard was almost replaced in “Aquaman 2” for lack of chemistry with Jason Momoa

Amber Heard has been sued for defamation by her ex-husband Johnny Depp (Reuters)

Amber Heard She finished presenting her case on Tuesday in the civil suit brought by ex-husband Johnny Depp, who was not called to testify in his ex’s defense. The actress’ lawyers initially suggested Depp would remain on the stand, but ultimately decided against it.

In this context, DC Films President Walter Hamada said in a pre-recorded statement shown to jurors on Tuesday that Amber Heard and ‘Aquaman’ co-star Jason Momoa didn’t have much chemistry, and denied that Heard’s salary was affected by anything said by Depp or his lawyer Adam Waldman.

As he testified, Warner Brother had to “fabricate” the chemistry between Amber Heard and Jason Momoa in the post-production of “Aquaman” and her role in the second movie was “in no way” affected by what Johnny Depp said.

“They didn’t really have a lot of chemistry together.“, mentioned.

Warner Bros. executive Walter Hamada speaks in pre-recorded testimony (Reuters)
Warner Bros. executive Walter Hamada speaks in pre-recorded testimony (Reuters)

Hamada assured that the alchemy was done in post-production, where the editing and the music served to give a different idea. “You know it when you see it, and the chemistry just wasn’t there,” the exec said.

Hamada told the jury that Heard’s role as Mera in “Aquaman 2” was not reduced and that his brief participation was planned from the outset.

“Has your role ever been reduced for some reason?Depp’s attorney, Ben Chew, asked Hamada. “Do not”responded.

Heard, 36, said she had to “struggle” to stay in the sequel and said that his role has been significantly reduced for her ex-husband’s smear campaign.

the premiere of ‘Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom’ is slated for March 2023.

Johnny Depp speaks with one of his lawyers outside a court in Fairfax, Virginia, U.S. (Reuters)
Johnny Depp speaks with one of his lawyers outside a court in Fairfax, Virginia, U.S. (Reuters)

Entertainment industry insider Kathryn Arnold testified Monday that Heard lost $45-50 million in job opportunities after Depp allegedly defamed her.

Heard played Mera in “Aquaman,” one of the highest-grossing movies of all time, and her career should have skyrocketed after that, she said.

“In the industry, they love their work”said Arnold. “But they can’t work with her right now.”.

Arnold compared Heard’s earnings to a host of other actors to draw conclusions about what his career trajectory might have been like, but for statements from Depp’s attorney, Adam Waldman.

Heard earned $1 million for her role as Mera in 2018’s ‘Aquaman’, and $2 million for ‘Aquaman 2,’ which will be released next year. Arnold testified that Heard should have been able to renegotiate his “Aquaman 2” salary for $4 million or more, but couldn’t because he had no leverage.

But Hamada said that the studio’s policy was not to renegotiate contracts.

Under cross-examination, Depp’s attorney, Wayne Dennison, disagreed with Arnold, suggesting the actors are more famous than Heard.

Dennison noted that the damage to Heard’s career may be due to negative press related to the 2020 UK libel trial. The actor’s lawyer also argued that Depp is not responsible for the negative social media campaign directed against Heard.

Richard Marksan entertainment industry attorney, was called by Depp’s team on Tuesday to dismiss Arnold’s allegations.

Arnold compared Heard’s potential career path to Jason Momoa in “Aquaman”, Chris Pine in “Star Trek” and Gal Gadot in “Wonder Woman”.

But Marks said that there is no basis for Arnold’s multi-million dollar figure, and that the actors he used as a comparison to Heard are big stars. “Jason Momoa is not a comparable actor,” Marks said. “He played ‘Aquaman’, not a supporting character like Mera.”

Judge Penney Azcarate (REUTERS)
Judge Penney Azcarate (REUTERS)

Also on Tuesday, Judge Penney Azcarate denied a request by Depp’s attorneys to dismiss a $100 million countersuit Heard filed against Depp. The countersuit alleges that Depp’s attorney at the time, Adam Waldman, defamed Heard when he called her abuse allegations a hoax.

Without jurors present, attorney Ben Chew told the courtroom in Fairfax, Va., that the basis of Heard’s counterclaim, three public statements made by Depp’s attorney, Adam Waldman, in 2020, cannot be directly linked to the fact that Depp has “participated” Is “authorized” comments.

Waldman testified in the case, but he invoked solicitor-client privilege on most issues.

Azcarate then read out its ruling on the matter, denying the motion to quash the counterclaim. Before the trial began, Heard’s team attempted to request that Depp’s case against her be dismissed, but the judge also denied the request.

The ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ actor has testified that his “goal is the truth” as he seeks to clear his name during the trial, which is being broadcast live by various media outlets.. He repeatedly stated under oath that he never hit Heard or any woman. Because of Heard’s accusations, Depp said he lost “nothing less than everything.”

Heard testified:I wanted to clear my name. It is all I have. All I have is my name. I come from nowhere. All I have is my integrity. All I have is my name, and that’s exactly what he promised to take from me.”

Depp is suing his ex-wife for $50 million following a column she wrote in 2018 for Washington Postin which she does not name him, but describes herself as “a public figure representing domestic violence. Heard, for his part, presented a counterclaim, ask $100 million compensation.

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