Warner Brothers cited Amber Heard’s “lack of chemistry” with Aquaman 2 Jason Momoa as reason for possibly recasting her role, Heard’s agent testified Thursday during Johnny Depp’s defamation trial.
In a pre-recorded testimony, Jesica Kovacevic testified about Heard’s career before and after her split from ex-husband Johnny Depp, and shared her belief that Warner Bros. wanted to replace Heard as Mira amid a flurry of bad press related to the split. Instead, Kovacevic testified that the studio cited Heard’s lack of chemistry with Momoa as the reason they were considering a remake.
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While the studio did not directly mention Heard’s breakup with Depp as a reason for her potential recast, Kovashevich testified, in her opinion, that they “didn’t want to hire someone with bad press,” adding, “Nobody wants that connection.”
Eventually, Heard remained in the film, but her role was noticeably “cut back” from previous iterations of the script, as she previously testified.
Warner Bros. Pictures Amber Heard and Jason Momoa in ‘Aquaman’
Heard told the court on Monday that she had to “fight hard” to keep her roles in 2017 Justice Squad and the first Aquaman The film is in the midst of Depp’s alleged “slander campaign” against her. The actress testified that the “sophisticated PR machine” behind Depp conspired to be branded a liar in the press, leading to her removal from acting and beauty care jobs.
“I had to fight hard to keep my career after I got [restraining order against Depp]Heard testified. You have lost opportunities. I have been eliminated from posts and campaigns. I fought to keep my job and the biggest movie opportunity I’ve had so far [with] Justice Squad with cucumber [star in] Aquaman. I had to fight hard to survive Justice Squad Because that was the time for divorce.”
Heard testified that Warner Brothers “didn’t want me” in it Aquaman 2. When asked whether she “actively sets the timing of filming” for Aquaman 2 Before Depp’s alleged smear campaign, Heard said yes. When asked about her role after Depp’s team called her a liar in the press, she said no, “communication stopped at that point.”
Brendan Smalowski/Paul/AFP via Getty Images Amber Heard takes a stand during Johnny Depp’s defamation trial
Heard added, “I received a script and then was given new versions of the script that cropped the scenes that had an impact on them, that portrayed my character and another character, without giving any spoilers, two characters fighting with each other, and they took a bunch out of my turn. They only removed a handful.” While her $2 million contract remained in place, Heard was reported to have only appeared on screen for 10 minutes.
When asked if she’s been able to find work recently, Heard said, “I’ve done one small indie movie. I shot a movie in Guatemala. It’s a small indie film, which means it has no distribution or anything; it’s a low-budget movie. I’ve been associated with him for many years in hellShe was paid $65,000 for this role due to the success AquamanKovashevich testified that Heard should have been offered more endorsement and employment, but she did not.
He sued Deep Heard for $50 million in 2018. Washington Post An opinion piece she wrote chronicling her experience as a domestic violence survivor. Although Heard never mentioned Depp by name, his attorneys argue that the references to their client (and Heard’s previous allegations of abuse after their 2017 divorce) are clear and have damaged Depp’s career and reputation. Heard filed a $100 million counterclaim, claiming that Depp and his legal team had slandered her by calling her allegations false.