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Fantastic Beasts 2 Director Defends Johnny Depp's Inclusion In The Movie

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Johnny Depp's personal life has made a lot of headlines in recent years, as his divorce from ex-wife Amber Heard got pretty heated, with the actress making some accusations about Johnny Depp's conduct while they were married. Just when that died down, Johnny Depp started dealing with several lawsuits between himself and his former management company, which has put some of his radical expenditures in the limelight. Following the other accusations against A-list stars and producers in recent weeks, some fans are murmuring about whether or not Johnny Depp should be the star of the upcoming Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Director David Yates has some thoughts about the concerns, noting,

Honestly, there's an issue at the moment where there's a lot of people being accused of things, they're being accused by multiple victims, and it's compelling and frightening. With Johnny, it seems to me there was one person who took a pop at him and claimed something. I can only tell you about the man I see every day: He's full of decency and kindness, and that's all I see. Whatever accusation was out there doesn't tally with the kind of human being I've been working with.

The allegations Yates is referring to are the ones brought up by Amber Heard when she was working to divorce herself from Johnny Depp a couple of years ago. One of the stories that came out at the time indicated that both Heard and Depp had gotten high and drunk, whereupon the couple had argued and Depp reportedly broke some glass items in the house, cutting his finger deeply in the process. A photo later emerged regarding the incident in question. Per what Yates is saying, the actor has never been a hard person to work around on set and the allegations have been limited to what Amber Heard said and not a slew of people in the work environment, which makes it a non-issue for his movie in the director's mind.

Per EW, David Yates also notes that the Johnny Depp accusations have been limited to one person and shouldn't really be coming back out thanks to the Harvey Weinstein scandal and subsequent accusations. He says,

By testament, some of the women in [Depp's] life have said the same thing --- 'that's not the human being we know. It's very different [than cases] where there are multiple accusers over many years that need to be examined and we need to reflect on our industry that allows that to roll on year in and year out. Johnny isn't in that category in any shape or form. So to me, it doesn't bear any more analysis. It's a dead issue.

If there is an issue with Johnny Depp being cast in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, perhaps we should be talking about the twist at the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which has robbed us of the ability to see Colin Farrell back on the big screen playing Graves. Johnny Depp is a capable actor and he certainly brings something special to a role, but Colin Farrell's performance in the first movie perfectly fit the franchise and was one of the finest pieces of acting in the movie as a whole. Farrell should be missed with Johnny Depp playing the official version of Grindelwald.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald recently revealed its title and a full cast photo. The movie will finally be hitting theaters on November 16, 2018. If magic isn't your thing, there's a ton of other stuff coming in 2018. Check out our full schedule to be in the know.

Jessica Rawden

Amazing Race & Top Chef superfan with a pinch of Disney fairy dust thrown in. If you’ve created a rom-com I’ve probably watched it.