Paul Bettany says his text messages became part of court filings in Johnny Depp’s defamation case against UK tabloids Sun weird and annoying.
In an interview with The Independent saturday publication, WandaVision and Uncle Frank the actor talked about his long career in Hollywood, including how a producer told him he would never work again and explained his process to how he became emotional enough to cry during the scenes.
But at one point during the interview, Bettany was asked about his 2013 text exchange with actor Johnny Depp regarding Magical Creatures ex-wife of actor Amber Heard – messages made public in defamation lawsuit Depp SunThe tabloid’s publisher used “the wife beater” to describe him.
In replying, Bettany said it was “a really hard topic to talk about” and noted that answering would “pour fuel on fire”, before making the whole situation “very weird”.
Bettany said: “It was a strange moment. “The weird thing is you suddenly have one of the scariest newspapers in London and their lawyers have been going through your texts for the past 10 years. Honestly, can you imagine what it would be like to have a team of lawyers go through your every email and text message for 10 years? “
Bettany added: ‘All I can tell you is it’s an uncomfortable feeling.
Bettany’s communications with Depp were included in the 132-page ruling on the case in 2020. Depp and Bettany texted Heard, with Depp suggesting they burn her, among other graphic things, in when Bettany, apparently taking it as a joke, wrote back and suggested a “drowning test” to determine if “she’s a witch.”
Justice Andrew Nicol’s dismissed Depp’s defamation charges in November 2020, after discovering allegations that Depp assaulted Heard multiple times and that she feared for her life was “basically is true”, and prefaced other publications that referred to Depp as a wife beater to lessen the fear of legal retaliation.
The judge also refused to allow Depp to appeal the decision directly to the court, but on December 9, 2020, the actor applied directly to the British court of appeal in an attempt to overturn the ruling. In March 2021, two appeals court judges said the actor could not challenge the Supreme Court’s dismissal of his defamation case against Sun publisher, according to the Associated Press.
Following the November 2020 court ruling, Warner Bros. cut ties with Depp, replace him in Magical Creatures Franchising. In August 2021, Depp said he was being ostracized by Hollywood, and later in September that canceling the culture had become “out of reach and I can now promise you no one is safe” when he appeared. current San Sebastian Film Festival.