Director David Yates is standing by his decision to keep Johnny Depp in the Fantastic Beasts franchise.
In case you missed it, at the end of 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Colin Farrell‘s character transformed into a Depp-portrayed Gellert Grindelwald.
Thus, when it was re-confirmed this month that Johnny would remain on the cast list for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, there was quite the outcry on social media.
In response to the backlash, Yates explained to Entertainment Weekly:
“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.”
Huh. The seasoned filmmaker went on to note that many of the Pirates Of The Caribbean actor’s past loves — including Winona Ryder, Vanessa Paradis, and Lori Anne Allison — have also defended his character. He continued:
“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.”
It probably doesn’t help that the Fantastic Beasts sequel is already in the middle of production. We’re sure reshoots would be a HUGE headache.
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