LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 22: Actor Daniel Day-Lewis, actress Winona Ryder and actor Johnny Depp on February 22, 1992 arrive at the Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California. (photo by Ron Galella)
Johnny Depp reportedly drank heavily and was constantly late on the new 'Pirates' movie set
(Johnny Depp.Mark Davis/Getty Images) Johnny Depp’s unorthodox behavior has helped make him one of the biggest movie stars in the world, but it also appears to be a serious risk to his career.
Often balancing outlandish roles — as gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson in “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” in his numerous Tim Burton movies — with being the face of a giant blockbuster franchise in Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean,” Depp has been seen as an A-list star who loves to take chances. And it made him beloved the world over.
The stories coming out about Depp’s behavior while making the latest “Pirates” movie, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” aren’t going to help. They portray an actor in crisis mode.
The Hollywood Reporter delved deeper into the star’s reported reckless spending over the years and revealed allegations that he was constantly late to set and drank excessively while making “Dead Men Tell No Tales” (opening in theaters May 26).
Not enough liquid money for ’$2 million in monthly bills’
Depp is engaged in a legal battle with his former business managers at The Management Group, who claim that the star, despite earning more than $650 million in 13-plus years, there wasn’t enough liquid cash to cover Depp’s “$2 million in monthly bills,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The business managers say they confronted Depp about his spending habits, which included, they say, $30,000 a month on wine. Depp has also admitted to paying $5 million to shoot the ashes of his friend Hunter S. Thompson out of a cannon.
Depp has sued The Management Group on charges of fraud and mismanagement, and the company has countersued.
A ‘Pirates’ staffer was reportedly tasked with following Depp’s every move
(“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales."Disney) THR also unearthed unflattering stories about Depp’s work on the set of "Dead Men Tell No Tales” from production sources.
Depp’s lateness to the set of the movie on certain days reportedly led to hundreds of extras waiting hours for the star to show up, causing the movie’s producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney production chief Sean Bailey to huddle to figure out how to shoot around him.
Though production staff raised the matter of Depp’s tardiness with the star, he reportedly never changed his habits.
“There were certainly days when our plans were challenged,” Bailey said. “But no one should underestimate Johnny’s passion and commitment to this character and franchise.”
One source told THR that it got so bad that a production staffer was assigned to stake out Depp at the Coomera, Queensland, compound Depp rented while shooting the film. The staffer was stationed outside the house in an unmarked car and was told to alert his superiors of Depp’s movements, including when a light was switched on in the morning (or in some cases the afternoon), signaling Depp was awake.
“When he got up, he’d turn on the light, and the moment the light went on they’d call the line producer, who would then call the directors [Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg]: 'He’s up! He’s getting ready!’” a source from the set said. “They even had a special code term, like 'The eagle has landed.’ Johnny had no idea this was going on.”
(Amber Heard and Johnny Depp.Getty) Filming shut down after Depp injured himself by seriously cutting his finger. According to numerous reports at the time, the injury occurred when Depp was inebriated and had a dispute with Heard. Bruckheimer told a different story to THR.
“We don’t really know. He got it caught in a car door, or he got it caught in a sliding door. I’ve heard a couple of versions,” Bruckheimer said.
Depp’s reported drinking and lateness to set also caused an argument between Bruckheimer and Depp’s then-agent Tracey Jacobs on the "Pirates” set, according to a soruce.
“She went over to Jerry and said, 'You’ve got to do something! You’re the producer.’ He said, 'You do something. You’re the agent,’” the source said.
“Everyone was an innocent bystander watching this trainwreck,“ the source continued. "But when Johnny came on set, he was charming, nice. He’s yin and yang.”
Bruckheimer denied to THR that the spat took place.
The reporting is just the latest black eye for Depp, who for most of his career has been able to keep negative press about himself to a minimum.
But so far, at least, it hasn’t hurt him from landing major roles. Following his cameo at the end of 2016’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” he is set to star in the movie’s sequel coming out in 2018. He’s also wrapped on the highly anticipated “Murder on the Orient Express.”
A representative for Depp did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.
Celebrity couples are a fickle bunch — and you needn’t look any further for proof. These beautiful, glamorous, and oh-so-in-love pairs celebrated the Academy Awards, Hollywood’s biggest night, arm in arm. However, these images have long outlasted their love stories. In honor of the big show, join us for a trip down memory lane.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Gisele Bündchen, 2005
The only blonde on Leo’s arm come Oscars night this year will be his mom, Irmelin. This is the reason why: Over a decade ago, the Best Actor nominee and his then-squeeze, Gisele Bündchen — who had been dating for over five years at that point — finally made their red carpet debut at the big event. While she looked gorgeous, he looked pretty uncomfortable — and apparently he was. They broke up several months later. Although The Revenant star has romanced no shortage of beauties since (and he’s currently linked to this model), he has never handed out the golden ticket again. It’s either Mama or his vape pen. Sometimes both. (Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck, 2003
This photo says everything about Bennifer’s relationship at that point in time — from the fact that he was looking over her shoulder while they kissed to his blotchy spray tan and slicked-back coif. By the following year, the couple only had memories of their time together — and a $2.5 million, 6.1-carat pink diamond engagement ring that he ended up selling. (Dan MacMedan/WireImage)
Cameron Diaz and Matt Dillon, 1998
Yes, they dated. After bonding over hair gel and stuff on the set of There’s Something About Mary, the co-stars embarked on a three-year romance and were each other’s plus-ones. While they looked comfortable together — or maybe it’s just Cameron Diaz’s pajamas?! — they soon outgrew each other, like Cameron outgrew that schoolgirl bob. (Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise, 2000
A year before their nasty divorce, she was looking at him and he was looking up at… Xenu? (Getty Images)
Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger, 1991
No, this is not a prom photo. One year after they met and two years before they married, Ireland Baldwin’s parents (Kim, looking like Barbie, and Alec, looking like he needed a shave) attended the show together. (Barry King/WireImage)
Jennifer Aniston and John Mayer, 2009
In hindsight, going to the Oscars together was a bad idea for these two. It was an intense year for Jennifer Aniston — she was a presenter and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were in the audience — so her on-again, off-again beau was there to provide “moral support.” Not enough, apparently, because they broke up just weeks later following a “fight.” (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Julia Roberts and Kiefer Sutherland, 1991
Her brassy ‘do was for Hook, and Julia Roberts, who was nominated as Best Actress for Pretty Woman, was hooked on her “beautiful blue-eyed, green-eyed friend” after they co-starred in Flatliners. While you stare at those smiles, remember how things ended: with Julia as a real-life runaway bride! (Vinnie Zuffante/Getty Images)
Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis, 2004
French singer and model Vanessa Paradis helped Johnny Depp, nominated in the Best Actor category for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, through what will go down in history as his worst. hair. day. ever. (FilmMagic.com)
Winona Ryder and Christian Slater, 1989
J.D. and Veronica were really a thing — and serious enough to attend the Oscars together … back when cummerbunds were in. We wonder if people went up to them all night asking, “What’s your damage?” We totally would have. (Ron Galella/WireImage)
Jesse James and Sandra Bullock, 2010
We all remember what happened just weeks after this photo was taken. Out of respect for Sandy, winner of the Best Actress award for The Blind Side and our favorite girl next door, we won’t even rehash it. (Getty Images)
Cindy Crawford and Richard Gere, 1991
The supermodel, who turned 50 this month, was just 25 when she attended the awards with the Pretty Woman actor, who was 17 years her senior. They married later that year (exchanging tinfoil rings!) but didn’t make it through 1994 — despite bizarrely dropping $30,000 on an ad proclaiming they were “heterosexual and monogamous and take our commitment to each other very seriously.” They always seemed like an odd match. (Ron Galella/WireImage)
Robin Wright and Sean Penn, 2009
With their hot-and-cold marriage, we’re surprised they even attended the show together in 2009, when he was named Best Actor for Milk. It’s fitting they both wore black, though, because they somberly ended their marriage — splitting for good — that same year. (Getty Images)
Brad Pitt and Juliette Lewis, 1992
Did he tell her it was a good idea to wear those cornrows? Did she tell him it was cool to wear those shoes? The lovebirds looked more like they were going to a costume party than to the Hollywood party of the year. But who could blame them? At 28 and 18, they were practically babies. (Jim Smeal/WireImage)
Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke, 2002
Forget Uma, Oprah! It was Uma, Ethan the year he was nominated as Best Supporting Actor for Training Day. And a fun fact for you: She gave birth to their second child, son Roan, just two months before and still looked this good. (Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Demi Moore and Bruce Willis, 1989
What came between these two? Maybe her cape. (Barry King/Getty Images)
Geena Davis and Jeff Goldblum, 1989
Her dress, his hair… If this isn’t the epitome of the 1980s, we don’t know what is. (Barry King/WireImage)
Anne Hathaway and Raffaello Follieri, 2008
This photo was taken about seven months before Raffaello Follieri pleaded guilty to 14 counts of wire fraud, money laundering, and conspiracy. Needless to say, he wasn’t her date when she won the Best Actress Oscar for Les Misérables in 2013. (Getty Images)
Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, 1989
When your date has better hair than you do. Gulp. We’re sure her Oscar nomination for Working Girl softened the blow. (WireImage)
Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith, 2005
If at first your relationship doesn’t succeed, try, try again with hubby No. 3. And wear something that’s very low-cut. (Getty Images)
Hilary Swank and Chad Lowe, 2005
She called him her “everything” in her acceptance speech for Million Dollar Baby. By the next year’s ceremony, she was calling him her ex-husband. (Getty Images)
Halle Berry and Eric Benét, 2002
The newlyweds were so close that she brought him with her to the press room after she won the Oscar for Monster’s Ball. Weird. By October of that year, she had made him out to be a monster, telling the world he was a sex addict. (Getty Images)
Sarah Larson and George Clooney, 2008
Remember when the Cloonster brought the Las Vegas cocktail waitress to the Oscars? Man, we’d love to hear Amal’s take on that one. (Getty Images)
Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon, 2006
Why so glum, Ryan? You’d think your husband would be a little more excited for your Oscar win. That wasn’t the case for the Walk the Line star and her Cruel Intentions co-star, who ended their marriage later that year. (Getty Images)
Julia Roberts and Benjamin Bratt, 2001
We thought the “matching friendship rings” they wore would have kept them together (hehe!), but, alas, the Erin Brockovich actress parted ways with the Law & Order hunk a few months after Oscar came into her life. So it goes. (Getty Images)