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Amber Heard was nearly kicked out of “Aquaman 2” due to a lack of chemistry with co-star Jason Momoa, a Warner Bros. executive. testified in Johnny Depp’s libel trial against his ex-wife.
Walter Hamada said in the pre-recorded deposition played for jurors on Tuesday in Fairfax County Circuit Court, Va., that the pair were not a good match.
“They didn’t really have a lot of chemistry together,” he explained in the deposition recorded March 15, 2022. “I think editorially they were able to make that relationship work in the first movie, but it was feared that it would take a lot of effort to get there.”
There was a delay in recasting Mera’s role in ‘Aquaman 2’ and a lot of talk about replacing Heard with an actress who had more “natural chemistry” with Momoa, he said. Eventually, the studio moved forward with Heard.
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“Does his role [in ‘Aquaman 2’] already discounted for any reason?” Depp’s attorney, Ben Chew, asked Hamada.
“No,” he replied.
Hamada, president of DC-based film production, said the film was billed as a “buddy comedy” between Momoa and her friend played by actor Patrick Wilson, and that Mera’s role was still intended to be underage. .
Heard, who was relentlessly mocked online during the trial, previously testified that her role was “reduced” due to her public battle with Depp.
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Hamada was called by Johnny Depp’s legal team as a rebuttal witness to undermine Heard’s claim that her role in ‘Aquaman 2’ was reduced after Depp allegedly conspired with her lawyer to defame her in a series of statements made to the press.
Depp is suing Heard for $50 million over a 2018 op-ed she wrote alleging she was the victim of domestic violence. The ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ star said the article, which did not identify him by name, ruined his reputation and his career.
Heard is counter-suing for $100 million, alleging that Johnny Depp, through his attorney Adam Waldman, called his allegations a hoax, costing him $45 million in lost job opportunities.
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The actress’ Hollywood expert, Kathryn Arnold, testified Monday that Heard should have been able to renegotiate a higher salary for ‘Aquaman 2’ after the success of the first ‘Aquaman’ – one of the highest-grossing films all time.
But Hamada said the studio’s policy is not to renegotiate contracts. He also said that Heard was never released from her contract or rehired, as testified by Arnold.
Heard’s public dispute with Depp had no impact on the studio’s decisions, Hamada said.
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