Johnny Depp is a tired, old man who takes the roles of well-deserving actors who could just as well play his role, and perhaps better.
The controversy surrounding Jack Sparrow's recent casting in the Fantastic Beasts franchise has left fans concerned, not because of the reason I just stated, but because of abuse allegations from his wife Amber Heard. As ironic as it is that her last name reflects how her story is being heard by the world, silence everyone, Harry Potter himself has something to say about the matter.
Daniel Radcliffe, the boy who lived, comments on the current state of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald post-abuse accusations. It's a bad time to be famous and a simultaneously a bad person.
“It’s a very hard thing for me,” Radcliffe said, wishing to remain supportive of the film’s producers who “gave me a great start in life and an amazing job.” Surprisingly, J.K. Rowling, director David Yates, and studio Warner Bros. have all issued statements defending the casting, not standing up for Amber Heard (perhaps she's not being heard).
“I can see why people are frustrated with the response that they were given from that," Radcliffe continued. "I’m not saying anything that anybody hasn’t already said — and this is a weird analogy to draw — [but] in the NFL, there are lots of players arrested for smoking weed and there is other people’s behavior that goes way beyond that and it’s tolerated because they’re very famous players."
"I suppose the thing I was struck by was, we did have a guy who was reprimanded for weed on the [original Potter] film, essentially, so obviously what Johnny has been accused of is much greater than that."
Radcliffe refers to Jamie Waylett, Crabbe, who grew pot in 2009, was axed from the franchise, and then was found with a homemade bomb in 2011. He must have been in a dark place with a significantly smaller future due to a comparatively tiny mistake, why isn't Depp being punished for a much greater one?
Heard and Depp released a joint statement in 2016, post-divorce, that came across as positive and supportive of one another, but that was then and this was now.
J. K. Rowling should be standing up and standing together with other women of the world. The sad truth is, no matter what happens, Depp is too much of a star to ever face consequences for his actions. Radcliffe, on the fence about what side to take, simply states the obvious, giving us perspective on the scenario while simultaneously respecting those who have molded his path.
Depp gets away in the end, but at least Radcliffe attempted to shine a light on the issue, no matter how passive and neutral.