Harry Potter fans attack Johnny Depp after new Fantastic Beasts trailer
Harry Potter fans online renewed their attack on Johnny Depp after the actor, accused of physical abuse by ex-wife Amber Heard, was paraded by Warner Bros for the launch of the new Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Gindelwald trailer.hollywood Updated: Jul 23, 2018 12:11 IST
Harry Potter fans are continuing their attack on Warner Bros and Johnny Depp after the debut of the latest Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Gindelwald trailer. The studio brought Depp - in full character - to the San Diego Comic Con to unveil new footage from the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off.
Depp has been accused of physical abuse by his ex-wife, actor Amber Heard, who was also present at the convention as part of the Aquaman cast. People.com reports that the two made a conscious decision to avoid crossing each other’s paths and panels for Fantastic Beasts and Aquaman - both Warner Bros movies - were separated by an hour.
Fans didn’t take kindly to Depp being paraded around to promote the film. Several petitions had been launched to have him recast in the titular role after news of his alleged abuse broke in 2016. By then he had already filmed a cameo for the first Fantastic Beasts film. Writer JK Rowling and director David Yates released statements in support of Depp following the allegations.
On Twitter, fans criticism of Warner Bros for retaining Depp was further fuelled by the recent firing of Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn for unearthed offensive tweets. Many also directed their attack on Disney and questioned how the studio could fire one man for having made bad jokes a decade ago and still pursue Depp to star in more Pirates of the Caribbean films.
Crucially, Depp did not take part in the panel discussion and nor did he answer questions following his appearance in character as the villainous Grindelwald.
Here are some online reactions:
everyone booed johnny depp in the new fantastic beasts trailer at sdcc.... i’m proud of u guys— bethany (@karengillun) July 21, 2018
Isn't Disney that company that still employs Johnny Depp— Jenny Nicholson (@JennyENicholson) July 20, 2018
Let me talk to the SDCC director for allowing Johnny Depp’s ugly ass to be in the same vicinity as Amber Heard pic.twitter.com/sTfUWFkKYo— mayа (@pamelaivys) July 21, 2018
whoever invited johnny depp to the hall h panel today when they knew full fucking well that amber heard was gonna be there and would probably see him - i hate you and i hope you get fired— kat ✩ 4 (@aquamras) July 21, 2018
I'm glad Johnny Depp's film characters keep getting less and less interesting with progressively uglier designs like his career is his portrait of Dorian Gray— Jenny Nicholson (@JennyENicholson) July 22, 2018
James Gunn gets fired but Johnny Depp gets brought out on stage in Hall H 🤨🤨🤨🤨🤨— Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) July 21, 2018
WB brought Johnny Depp out for the Fantastic Beasts panel (as a surprise!!!) immediately proceeding their Aquaman panel, featuring Amber Heard. That makes me nauseous.— Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) July 21, 2018
WB's Hall H panel was so good, it's already made everyone forget they sat through Johnny Depp coming out onstage to do a monologue as Lord Fuckface or whatever his Harry Potter name is— Scott Wampler™ (@ScottWamplerBMD) July 21, 2018
Heard had asked for a domestic violence restraining order against Depp just a week after she filed to end their 15-month marriage in May 2016, claiming the actor had been abusive on several occasions, including one incident that she claimed left her in fear for her life.
Depp and Heard settled their divorce in January 2017 - with Depp paying Heard a $7 million settlement (all of which she vowed to donate to charity).
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First Published: Jul 23, 2018 12:10 IST