Memorizing lines while simultaneously conveying a specific emotion, all while pretending to be a different person in a different (fictional) place is a difficult thing to do and is why most people aren’t actors. Apparently, Johnny Depp agrees, as it was revealed by his former manager that the actor is fed lines during film production.
This all came about during an ongoing, increasingly bitter, battle between Depp and his former managers The Management Group. The actor claimed the firm mismanaging his money and he is suing them as a result. Not only is the group denying the allegations, they are suing him right back!
The Pirates of the Caribbean star filed the suit against The Management group back in January for $25 Million, citing fraud and negligence on their part, which he stated led to him being more than $40 Million in debt. His ex-managers responded with a countersuit, stating his financial troubles were due to the actors exorbitant $2 Million a month lifestyle.
Included in that lifestyle, The Management Group claims Johnny Depp has paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to employ a sound engineer to read him his lines on film sets through an earpiece. According to a court document filed on Monday, The actor has used the method for years, across numerous different films.
Among those documents the group claimed that Depp has a compulsive spending disorder, claiming he has bought 45 luxury vehicles, 70 collectible guitars and numerous real estate purchases; including a chain of islands in the Bahamas, multiple houses in Hollywood and a 45-acre chateau in the south of France.
“It’s my money,” Depp said. “If I want to buy 15,000 cotton balls a day, it’s my thing.”
While the suit is ongoing, Johnny Depp is still acting and starring in the next installment in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean saga, Dead Men Tell No Tales, which premieres in the US on May 26, 2017.
For more information, be sure to stay tuned for updates, and keep an eye out for Johnny Depp’s ears in Dead Men Tell No Tales, as you might spot a nifty little earpiece in the actor’s ear.