The past year has been a whirlwind of truth as several prominent members of the Hollywood elite have been accused of all kinds of horrific allegations. Johnny Depp has been in the center of this storm after some jarring allegations that he was emotionally and physically abusive to Amber Heard during their marriage.
Despite these allegations, Johnny Depp is still getting work and the fact that his titular role in J.K. Rowling’s upcoming addition to her Wizarding World film franchise Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, is safe has rubbed many fans and critics the wrong way. Rowling and her longtime collaborator David Yates have even defended their choice to keep Depp in the role, stating “based on our understanding of the circumstances, the filmmakers and I are not only comfortable sticking with our original casting but genuinely happy to have Johnny playing a major character in the movies.”
Daniel Radcliffe, the resident poster boy for the Potterverse, is finally sharing his thoughts on the controversy, citing some action that was taken back when he was filming the original Harry Potter films.
“It’s a very hard thing for me,” Radcliffe said, noting he wants to be supportive of the film’s producers who “gave me a great start in life and an amazing job.”
He added, “I can see why people are frustrated with the response that they were given from that … I’m not saying anything that anybody hasn’t already said — and this is a weird analogy to draw — [but] in the NFL, there are lots of players arrested for smoking weed and there is other people’s behavior that goes way beyond that and it’s tolerated because they’re very famous players. I suppose the thing I was struck by was, we did have a guy who was reprimanded for weed on the [original Potter] film, essentially, so obviously what Johnny has been accused of is much greater than that.”
The actor who was punished for having weed was Jamie Waylett, who portrayed Hogwarts bully Vincent Crabbe in the original Harry Potter films. After appearing in 6 films, Waylett was replaced in the final two movies after being arrested for growing marijuana plants in 2009. However, Depp has yet to be arrested and convicted of a crime like Waylett was.
Radcliffe has stated that he would be interested in possibly returning to the new prequel franchise but one has to believe that he would second guess that decision now.
In a statement made by Warner Bros., the studio in charge of producing and distributing the upcoming Fantastic Beasts franchise, released the following statement regarding the controversy, claiming they would be sticking with Depp for the near future:
“We are of course aware of reports that surfaced around the end of Johnny Depp’s marriage, and take seriously the complexity of the issues involved. This matter has been jointly addressed by both parties, in a statement in which they said ‘there was never any intent of physical or emotional harm.’ Based on the circumstances and the information available to us, we, along with the filmmakers, continue to support the decision to proceed with Johnny Depp in the role of Grindelwald in this and future films.”
- Christian Hubbard
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will be released Nov. 26, 2018.