Amber Heard fought 'really hard' to stay in Aquaman sequel
20th May 2022

Amber Heard fought ‘really hard’ to stay in Aquaman sequel when scenes were axed and ‘communication stopped’ – and says she has been labelled a ‘liar’ because Johnny Depp is ‘the bigger star’

  • Amber Heard said she fought ‘really hard’ to stay in Aquaman 2 after scenes from movie were axed after Johnny Depp’s depicted her abuse allegations as ‘hoax’
  • Heard said Depp’s ‘sophisticated PR machine’ had worked to label her as liar  
  • Heard’s talent manager on Thursday said the actress’s rise to fame was diminished due to allegations by Depp’s attorney claiming she faked her injuries 

Amber Heard testified that she fought ‘really hard’ to stay in the Aquaman sequel when scenes from the movie were axed and ‘communication stopped’ with the producers after Johnny Depp’s team depicted her abuse allegations as a ‘hoax’.

The actress, 36, said she has been labelled a ‘liar’ during the $100 million defamation trial because Depp, 58, is the ‘bigger star’ and had ‘more publicity reach’.

Heard told the courtroom in Virginia that the ‘sophisticated PR machine’ behind Depp had worked to label her as a liar in the media – which has impacted her career.

Her testimony was supported by her talent agent, Jessica Kovacevic, who on Thursday claimed the actress’s rise to fame was diminished due to the allegations made by Depp’s attorney claiming she faked her injuries.

Kovacevic claimed Heard was set to earn $2 million for Aquaman 2, but Warner Bros. decided to diminish her role, citing a ‘lack of chemistry’ between Heard and Aquaman star Jason Momoa. 

Kovacevic said its unlikely for a star involved in a movie as successful as Aquaman to not have their career take off.

Amber Heard, 36, said she has been labelled a ‘liar’ during the $100 million defamation trial because Depp is the ‘bigger star’ and had ‘more publicity reach’

Aquaman was DC’s most successful movie, grossing $940.7 million, with Kovacevic saying Heard should have seen a similar, albeit smaller, rise to fame like her co-star, Jason Momoa. Pictured: Heard in Aquaman 

Aquaman was DC’s most successful movie, grossing $940.7 million, with Kovacevic saying Heard should have seen a similar, albeit smaller, rise to fame like her co-star, Jason Momoa.

Kovacevic claimed Heard’s stardom was dimmed due to the allegations made by Johnny Depp’s attorney, Adam Waldman, who claimed Heard had faked her injuries and the damages to Depp’s Los Angeles penthouse.

Heard testified on Monday: ‘I fought really hard to stay in the movie [Aquaman 2]. They didn’t want to include me in the film.’

‘I was given a script and then given new versions of the script that had taken away scenes that had action in it. That depicted by character and another character, without giving any spoilers away, two characters fighting with one another.

‘They basically took a bunch out of my role. They just removed a bunch.’

She added on Tuesday: ‘I don’t know if I will even be in the final cut or how much I will be. It was difficult to stay in the movie.’

Asked about what work she has done since Depp’s legal team referred to her claims of sexual violence as a hoax, Heard said: ‘I have done one small independent film.’

Her comments come after a petition calling for DC Warner Bros to drop heard from the role of Aquaman 2 reached 4.2 million signatures.

Her comments come after a petition calling for DC Warner Bros to drop heard from the role of Aquaman 2 reached 4.2 million signatures

Heard told the courtroom in Virginia that the ‘sophisticated PR machine’ behind Depp had worked to label her as a liar in the media – which has impacted her career

Heard earlier admitted that she had not given $3.5 million from her divorce settlement with Depp to charity – despite telling the UK’s High Court she had.

She told the court she had ‘not been able to fulfil those obligations yet… because Johnny sued me for $50million in March 2019’.

Depp’s lawyer asked her if she had announced the donation because she wanted ‘praise’ and ‘good press’.

Heard replied: ‘That wasn’t my interest. My interest is in my name – in clearing my name. At the time, I was being called a ‘liar’ and my motives were being questioned. I did see it as important to clear that up.’

She added: ‘I wanted to make a statement to make sure there was not any doubt. That I couldn’t be labelled these things just because Johnny was the bigger star and had more publicity reach.’

Heard earlier admitted that she had not given $3.5 million from her divorce settlement with Depp to charity – despite telling the UK’s High Court she had

Meanwhile, her talent agent on Thursday claimed the actress’s rise to fame was diminished due to the allegations made by Johnny Depp’s attorney claiming she faked her injuries.

Kovacevic also claimed that Heard lost out on a role for an Amazon movie with Mexican actor Gael Garcial Benal because of Waldman’s allegations.

‘No one can say out loud, ‘We’re taking this away from her because of this bad press,’… but there’s no other reason,’ Kovacevic said.

Depp has said that it was his connections in Hollywood that helped Heard land the role on Aquaman, with Heard claiming that she got the job on her own.

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