Fantastic Beasts Director Defends Johnny Depp Casting

Posted 2017/11/29 0 0

The movie director is breaking his silence about the controversial decision to keep Johnny Depp on board for the film’s sequel.


Outraged Potter fans threatened to boycott the film earlier this month after studio Warner Bros confirmed Depp would be reprising his role in the Fantastic Beasts sequel as his ex-wife Amber Heard had accused the actor of being physically abusive to her and provided evidence proving as much. However, the role was not recast and director David Yates has now explained the logic behind the decision to EW:

“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.”

Yates 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.”

None of Yates’ statements either confirm or deny Depp’s guilt or innocence, as abusers are often careful not to show their true selves to witnesses, and whether someone has a history of abuse or not does not prove whether specific abusive events happened. Still, it was enough for Yates to keep the actor in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald. As for whether fans are angry enough about his casting to boycott and affect the box office, that remains to be seen.