If you look back far enough and squint a little, you can see Johnny Depp and Amber Heard almost as they once were: the embodiment of the Hollywood happily ever after. In 2011, Depp was a movie star whose appeal and box-office hits were unassailable. He was, as the New York Post put it, “an evolved and gentle rebel … a Gen X icon of cool and a one-man Disney franchise.”
is Rum diaries Co-star Heard, on the other hand, was a seductive newcomer who showed promise. They were an impressive pairing on the red carpet, all cheekbones and glamor and flashy smiles. But according to the defamation lawsuit Depp and Heard are currently embroiled in, appearances can be fiendishly deceiving. In fact, Depp v Heard does a good job of dissecting everything we think we know about Hollywood marriages.
The details that have emerged from this stunning defamation lawsuit are almost unbelievable (Depp is suing Heard for $50 million over an article she published in the Washington Post in which she described how she had been a victim of domestic violence. This after losing his defamation lawsuit The sun Newspaper in 2020. Heard, meanwhile, is suing for a $100 million countersuit, alleging that Depp slandered her by calling her a liar. It was revealed in court yesterday that Amber Heard insisted on removing Depp’s boots indoors as part of a ‘routine’ and exploded with anger when he removed them himself. Add that to the many sordid details that emerged from Depp’s 2020 libel trial, too numerous to mention here, and the Depp-Heard marriage is about as far from a Hollywood dream as you can get .
Depp also took to the booth this week to share about his traumatic childhood, his troubled relationship with his mother, and his longtime addiction challenges. The couple’s marriage counselor, Laurel Anderson, said on the witness stand that the couple had a relationship of “mutual abuse.” For a Hollywood star to be reliving the violence of his childhood, the minutiae of addiction, and the innermost recesses of marriage in such granular detail on a global stage is, I think, a first.
We’ve had A-lister divorces. We had the explosiveness of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. We know Ivana Trump’s beloved mantra “don’t get mad, get it all”. We had the ti-for-tat between former lovers, often played with a wink and half-smile in the tabloids. Two movie stars engaged in a bloody and brutal fight that will be televised worldwide is news to me.
Depp remarked on the stand this week that he’s “obsessed with the truth,” which is likely why he’s enduring the shame of having his troubled personal life exposed in court, to the delight of all who care to tune in. This process, he says, is an exercise in reputation rehabilitation. “It’s very strange when one day you’re like Cinderella and 0.6 seconds later you’re Quasimodo,” he said, referring to the fallout from Heard’s allegations against him. But as the mudslinging continues at a fast pace (and will no doubt continue when Heard’s libel trial has its day in court), it will likely be a very long time before a moviegoer sees Depp for who he once was.
Depp v Heard also reminds us that a Hollywood star’s public image and private image are two very different entities. So is the outward appearance and inner truth of every Hollywood marriage. And with new headlines suggesting with terrible glee that, should it come to pass, Will and Jada Smith could have “one of the ugliest divorces in showbiz history,” the appetite for the horror behind the Hollywood happy ending is growing .
The problem with romcoms
Once the go-to choice for romantic comedy, Julia Roberts returns this year to what many believe to be her cinematic milieu with the rom-com Entrance ticket to paradise.
Asked by New York Magazine As to why she hasn’t worked on a romantic comedy in nearly two decades, she notes, “Here’s the thing: If I thought something was good enough, I would have done it. If I had read something I thought notting hill writing level or My best friend’s wedding level of crazy fun, I would do it.”
Unfortunately, the rom-com has become a much-maligned Hollywood genre; Since it has a mostly female audience, they are somehow considered “lesser” than other blockbusters. Though deeply entertaining, witty, and escapist, rom-coms look a little problematic in the post-MeToo era.
Think about it: most of them focus on a man and woman who are deeply irritated or hateful to each other for two-thirds of a movie until one of them (usually the woman) “sees the light” somewhere in the third. Plot. The toxic romance in rom-coms has also likely led many people to believe that whatever bad relationship they’re in is the “right” one for them. Also, better and more complex and well-rounded roles than “one half of a couple in love” for female actors have appeared in Hollywood lately, and not a minute too soon.
Tattoos aren’t for “style”
Bonnie Ryan has revealed that she regretted getting her big back tattoo when she was younger. “It served its purpose and now it’s time to move on. I got it very young and just don’t feel like it’s my style anymore,” she wrote on Instagram.
Tattoos are a fantastic way to express yourself, to commemorate a big moment in life, or to carry a reminder of an important feeling. But — and I’m sorry to sound like your grandma here — can we think twice before just getting this fairly permanent body art in the name of “personal style”?
https://www.independent.ie/life/johnny-depp-amber-heard-and-our-insatiable-appetite-for-the-hollywood-ending-gone-wrong-41571634.html Johnny Depp, Amber Heard and our insatiable appetite for the Hollywood end gone wrong