Johnny Depp gave a rare, extremely candid and completely all over the place interview with Rolling Stone, where he attempted to set reports about spiraling money problems straight.
"So are you here to hear the truth?" Depp asked when reporter Stephen Rodrick sat down with the actor. "It's full of betrayal," he added. From there, he touched on the depression he felt as his life spiraled downward following his financial issues and divorce from Amber Heard, his true thoughts on Harvey Weinstein and his relationship with the late Tom Petty.
Depp's marriage from Heard fell apart amid allegations of physical abuse and the death of his mother. They eventually settled their divorce privately, releasing a joint statement saying, "Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile but always bound by love." As this was happening, his finances were beginning to fall apart as well. Though a nondisclosure agreement keeps him from talking about Heard, Depp did talk to the magazine about what the reporter referred to as "a bout the acute depression he entered as his personal and financial lives came crashing down simultaneously."
"I was as low as I believe I could have gotten," Depp told the magazine. "The next step was, 'You're going to arrive somewhere with your eyes open and you're going to leave there with your eyes closed.' I couldn't take the pain every day."
He said he then began writing a memoir. "I poured myself a vodka in the morning and started writing until the tears filled my eyes and I couldn't see the page anymore," he explained, wiping tears from his eyes. "I kept trying to figure out what I'd done to deserve this. I'd tried being kind to everyone, helping everyone, being truthful to everyone. The truth is most important to me. And all this still happened."
Depp is suing The Management Group for allegedly causing him to go into debt, while the company countersued, saying Depp may have a "compulsive spending disorder" that they tried to protect him from.
Johnny disputes a lot from TMG's claim against him, starting with the extreme amount of money the company said he spends monthly on wine. "It's insulting to say that I spent $30,000 on wine. Because it was far more," he told Rolling Stone.
He also said he dropped more than the $3 million TMG said it cost to "shoot Hunter [S. Thompson] into the f--king sky," referring to having the writer's ashes shot out of a cannon after his death. "It was $5 million," he declared.
Depp claimed he'd often clash with Disney screenwriters over the character of Captain Jack Sparrow while working on the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies.
"Why must you have these f--king heinous subplots?" he said. "It's convoluted. There is not a f--king soul that wants to see Captain Jack Sparrow sad."
He also addressed allegations from TMG that he wore earpieces on film sets so someone could feed him lines. He copped to wearing an earpiece, with the reporter noting Depp said the sounds fed to him helped helped him act "with just his eyes."
"I've got bagpipes, a baby crying and bombs going off," he said. "It creates a truth. Some of my biggest heroes were in silent film," Depp tells me, lighting another cigarette. "It had to be behind the eyes. And my feeling is, that if there's no truth behind the eyes, doesn't matter what the f--king words are."
During the interview, Depp also flipped through news coverage of Harvey Weinstein's sexual assault allegations, with the writer noting that Johnny shook his head and called the disgraced mogul "an a--hole" for "burying" one of his films.
"He was a bully," Depp added. "Have you seen his wife? It's not a wide range. It's not like he went, 'I must go to the Poconos to find some hairy-backed bitch.'"
He also said he once rode along with Weinstein as he picked one of his children up from school. "The image that took my breath away was Harvey Weinstein, a goliath Shrek thing, bending down to put on his daughter's raincoat," he recalled.