Fantastic Beasts director stands by Johnny Depp

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Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald has been one of the most controversial casting decisions of recent memory. Despite receiving a backlash from fans, director David Yates is sticking with Depp as Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald moves forward.

Some of his recent film choices aside, Depp has alienated many audiences due to domestic violence allegations ex-wife Amber Heard made against him. Talking to Entertainment Weekly, Yates defended Depp, stating, “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.”

In regards to the controversy between Depp and Heard, Yates called it “a dead issue.”

What do you think? Does Depp belong in the same category as Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and others that’ve lost jobs recently due to accusations of abuse?

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hits theaters on November 16, 2018.

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Nick Spake has been working as an entertainment writer for the past ten years, but he's been a lover of film ever since seeing the opening sequence of The Lion King. Movies are more than just escapism to Nick, they're a crucial part of our society that shape who we are. He now serves as the Features Editor at Flickreel and author of its regular column, 'Nick Flicks'.

One comment on “Fantastic Beasts director stands by Johnny Depp

  1. Mooni

    “Does Depp belong in the same category as Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and others that’ve lost jobs recently due to accusations of abuse?”

    Of course not. His one & only accuser withdrew the accusations after the responding cops were set to testify against her.

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