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When it comes to A-list Hollywood movie stars, few have ever managed to match the sheer eccentricity of Johnny Depp. Over the course of his lengthy career, Depp has carved out a reputation for portraying odd characters, but his offscreen antics have made him just as infamous among moviegoers. We've heard some crazy stories about Johnny Depp in recent years, but now it seems that the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales star actually uses an earpiece and a radio to avoid memorizing his lines for his roles.
According to a new report from THR, Johnny Depp has even gone so far as to pay an employee to feed him his lines. He does this so that he won't have to learn the lines himself. Depp also allegedly keeps this sound engineer on a "yearly retainer" and has paid him "hundreds of thousands of dollars" to keep the contents of his scripts funneled directly into his ear. Every actor has a unique method to capture his or her characters, and Johnny Depp's method involves using schemes ripped straight from a TV sitcom. (Clearly, Depp hasn't seen that particular episode of Spongebob Squarepants.)
This information has come out as a result of a bitter legal battle between Johnny Depp and his former managers. The Hollywood icon recently filed a legal complaint against them (claiming fraud on their part), but his old business associates have retorted by revealing that Depp's personal sound engineer is one of many frivolous expenses that has led him to his current shaky financial situation -- spoiler alert: he reportedly spends an ungodly amount of money every month.
Of course, at this point, we need to point out that none of this has received any sort of definitive confirmation yet. This is a claim made by one side of a clearly bitter legal battle, and this particular story hasn't been refuted by Johnny Depp yet. That said, regardless of which side you take on this matter, I think it's safe to say that we kind of want it to be true. It's too funny to be fake.
CinemaBlend will keep you posted regarding Johnny Depp's earpiece situation as new information related to the story becomes available to us. For now, make sure to catch Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow when Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales hits theaters later this month on May 26. Here's everything that we currently know about the upcoming fifth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.