ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 15:  Actor Johnny Depp,  dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow, of PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES took part today in Worlds, Galaxies, and Universes: Live Action at The Walt Disney Studios presentation at Disneys D23 EXPO 2015 in Anaheim, Calif.  (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)
ANAHEIM, CA – AUGUST 15: Actor Johnny Depp, dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow, of PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES took part today in “Worlds, Galaxies, and Universes: Live Action at The Walt Disney Studios” presentation at Disney’s D23 EXPO 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)
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Disney terminates Johnny Depp’s role as Captain Jack Sparrow

We’ve all heard about Johnny Depp suing his ex-wife Amber Heard for defamation after she claimed to be a “public figure embodying domestic abuse” in an article for the Washington Post in December 2018.

Days after Heard published her story Disney chose to terminate Johnny from the sixth Pirates of the Caribbean film.

When in court Johnny had made a testimony confirming that Disney fired him days after her article was published.

Actor Johnny Depp testifies in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, April 25, 2022. – Actor Johnny Depp sued his ex-wife Amber Heard for libel in Fairfax County Circuit Court after she wrote an op-ed piece in The Washington Post in 2018 referring to herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.” (Photo by Steve Helber / POOL / AFP) (Photo by STEVE HELBER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Although Heard’s lawyers say otherwise – Heard’s lawyer pointed out to the court an article in which Disney confirmed replacing Johnny for the next film two months prior from Heard’s article.

However, Johnny states that he was unaware of this and that it came as no surprise to him that Disney wanted to replace him as Captain Jack Sparrow.

Johnny testified “Two years had gone by of constant worldwide talk about me being this wife beater,”

Which is why when Disney released him from his role Johnny was very understanding that they wanted to play it safe.

These allegations have costed Johnny “nothing but everything” according to him.

Johnny allegedly had more than $22 million on the table to play Jack Sparrow in the sixth film until Disney took back their offer.

We all know and love Johnny Depp for his amazing acting, so finding out that he will not be returning to the most loved film was something very heart breaking for Jack Sparrow fans.

But little did we know Fans are petitioning to have Johnny Depp return as Captain Jack Sparrow in the sixth film of Pirates of the Caribbean.

This petition is called ” Justice for Johnny Depp” and has a goal of reaching 5000,000 signatures.

In the petitions description it stated “Johnny Depp has been a phenomenal actor throughout his career. Depp was removed from the movie Pirates of the Caribbean by Walt Disney’s Company. This unfortunately is due to his ex wife Amber Heard lying and stating that Depp beat her. It has been proven that he did not hit her, but yet, that she beat on him repeatedly.”

When this petition was published, it had over 400,000 signatures and is well on its way to reach the goal and possibly even more.

But on the other hand, Not only did Depp lose his well earned role of Jack Sparrow. He has also lost the role of Gellert Grindelwald in Warner Bros. film Fantasic Beast.

Johnny is losing a lot of roles due to Amber Heard. Whether Johnny wins or loses this case his acting career will continue to be on a loose leash, Something Johnny does not deserve.

He has worked extremely hard to get to where he is now, only to have everything damaged by Amber’s falsehoods.

Although his admirers want Jonny to return as Captain Sparrow, nothing is more important to them than that these baseless charges do not damage his life. They will continue to support Depp even if Disney does not reinstate him.

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Alexia Naranjo
Alexia Naranjo, Staff Writer
Alexia Naranjo is a staff writer for Talon Marks covering Arts and Entertainment, Life and Opinion. Alexia is a Journalism major and is currently enrolled in her last semester at Cerritos before transferring to Cal State. Other than covering stories Alexia enjoys taking photographs of landscapes to capture the beauty of our city and surrounding areas, going to the beach and spending time with her loved ones.
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    Christin MorganJul 13, 2023 at 8:14 pm

    Im glad Disney cares about family. People who really have been in abusive situations, know how hard is to speak out. And that’s what Amber did. And she is being punished. So many victims just stay quiet. A powerful man like Johnny, I’m glad Disney stood up to him

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    MICHELLE A. STALLINGSMay 17, 2022 at 6:11 pm

    You count Depp guilty before the trial ends? And what about all the joy he brings to all of us. Screw you Disney. I’m 70, watched all Depp’s films but loved Pirates best. We’ve just cancelled our family trip with my kids and grandkids over what you’ve done. Guilty before proven innocent. You really do “suck” as someone else said.

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    Danielle GoodVibrationsMay 15, 2022 at 11:43 am

    I’ll never watch another Disney movie. I am so disappointed he was judged without proof. Fired and had his life destroyed. I think everyone that sided with Amber deserve the same.

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    JesseMay 11, 2022 at 8:45 pm

    Disney sucks. Guilty until proven innocent. Poor Johnny Depp. I feel for him. He’s a great actor. His ex isn’t. I hope he has bigger and better roles down the line. Disney can SUCK IT.

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    Clifford DunnMay 11, 2022 at 4:01 pm

    Without Johnny Depp playing the role of captain Jack Sparrow..I won’t be watching the next film.. and I’m sure many others won’t either..

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    CarolMay 11, 2022 at 3:58 pm

    Johnny Depp made the Pirates of the Carribean movies what they are! No desire to see another movie in the series without Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow!

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    LucyMay 11, 2022 at 9:16 am

    We love unbiased journalism! Simply reporting the facts available! Not leaning one way or the other with unproven statements! Fantastic work!

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    SusanMay 11, 2022 at 9:06 am

    Disney should be ashamed of themselves and I pray no one ever watches another pirates movie again. No one will ever replace Captain Jack Sparrow and Johnny didn’t deserve this. Amber Heard wanted nothing more than to ruin his career because hers was a flop. Who do u think got her aqua man Johnny did of course.

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    JamiMay 11, 2022 at 8:24 am

    The grammar in this article is terrible ? you didn’t even spell her last name correctly

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    LindaMay 11, 2022 at 3:14 am

    What went on in his private life should not affect his acting career, Jack Sparrow is pirates if the Caribbean. It won’t be any hood without him. I shall not be watching any more only the old ones.

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    JdMay 10, 2022 at 6:32 pm

    She made what we went through a joke. She has taken women who have thought we had Wilson tattooed on our foreheads and put us back 50 years. There is no makeup that hides bruises from your family and friends. It was hard enough getting cops to believe me when he would practice on my face. Thanks Amber for making us fighting to get people to believe us. We just wanted it to stop not their money. Next time make up different lies!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Joni MissoMay 10, 2022 at 12:24 pm

    I will not support Disney in any way because of the way this company believed malicious gossip from Amber Heard. Mr Depp has his chance to defend himself in court, and after watching four weeks I have not seen any credible evidence of him being a “wife beater”. Heard is dramatic, confused at times, and rambles. She has no proof of these allegations. I hope the American public joins me in boycotting Disney!!

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    JudyMay 10, 2022 at 7:56 am

    Disney is so prejudice while being so careful to placate the howling mob. They’re pitiful. Amber Heard is continuing to perpetrate abuse on Mr. Depp and Disney is abetting.

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    Ruben FloresMay 9, 2022 at 10:22 pm

    Johnny we Love you and support you all the
    way! Long live Captain Sparrow!

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    BJMay 9, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    If Depp is out, then there is “NO” Jack Sparrow anymore & I will never watch another one of the movies again! He was the best!

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    ronMay 9, 2022 at 6:45 pm

    If (Johnny), Mr. Depp is found innocent of all the allegations, Disney should rehire/ reinstate him for further films, including Pirates of the Carribean. However, if he is proven guilty and enough evidence is found to substantiate the claims of abuse and or assault, then he shouldn’t be hired or rehired to star in any films until he has sought professional therapy and counseling.

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    JANET SMITHMay 9, 2022 at 3:06 pm


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    Joe BalbonaMay 9, 2022 at 2:09 pm

    Heard’s comments have already been affirmed by a British court. Perhaps Alexia should be more well informed prior to stating Depp’s allegations as facts.

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    AnonymousMay 9, 2022 at 11:42 am

    He is a person who has hurt a girlfriend and I have proof of what he asked me to do for him. To get them back together. I asked him what he did and he said he hurt her . This was in the Bahamas and she was pregnant and he thought it was his but it was her boyfriend and I told him that they had not been together that long it was during the last day of Gillert Gwinwald and fantastic beasts that day he was fired