Pirates of the Caribbean crew describes Johnny Depp’s ‘train wreck’ demons as he was reportedly placed under pressure during the set.
After Jerry Bruckheimer, the producer of Disney’s fifth Pirates instalment, publicly advocated the Nightmare On Elm Street star the Jack Sparrow actor, Pirates of the Caribbean crew have made a statement on Depp’s excessive drinking, physical fights with ex-wife Amber Heard, and constant lateness, which meant the crew had to wait for hours and hundreds of extras on the film’s Gold Coast set.
The eagle has landed
It has become an issue after a production crew member was stationed outside the star’s mansion to apprise the crew of the time Depp gets up, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“When he got up, he’d turn on the light, and the moment the light went on they’d call the line producer, who would then call the directors: ‘He’s up! He’s getting ready!’” a source told The Hollywood Reporter.
“They even had a special code term, like ‘The eagle has landed.’ Johnny had no idea this was going on.”
Depp placed under pressure
His frequent lateness and excessive drinking stirred up a controversy between Bruckheimer and Depp’s former agent Tracey Jacobs who was dismissed in 2016.
In an encounter, Bruckheimer denies: “[Jacobs] went over to Jerry and said, ‘You’ve got to do something! You’re the producer.’ He said, ‘You do something. You’re the agent.’”
Production chief Scott Bailey stated that: “there were certainly days when our plans were challenged,” but accredited the actor’s “passion and commitment to this character and franchise.”
Bruckheimer continued: “You’ve got to understand the kind of pressure Johnny was under in Australia. At times helicopters would follow him home. There would be so many media outside his gates that trucks were feeding them.”
Johnny Depp is working on several projects later this year, including Murder On The Orient Express and Labyrinth, a true crime story based on the police investigation into the deaths of rappers Tupac Shakur and Notorious BIG.