“Banned From Hollywood: Leo Blacklists Johnny!” says an article in NW. According to the magazine, “Johnny Depp is being ordered out of Hollywood for good, following his spectacular fall from grace — and Leonardo DiCaprio is showing him the door!”
Heard told the court, “For example, Leonardo DiCaprio was ‘pumpkin-head’, Channing Tatum was ‘potato-head’ and ‘Jim Turd Sturgess’.”
So Depp hasn’t thrown DiCaprio into the mess or under the bus, meaning this blacklisting story is bunk from the get-go. Even then, “Pumpkin Head” isn’t really a wrath-inspiring jab, let alone something that would get a veteran of show business like DiCaprio in a panic. The lies don’t stop there, unfortunately.
Depp spoke positively about DiCaprio in 2016, noting that he deeply respects his fellow hardworking actor. This is the source of the “tortured” claim — Depp admitted that he was less than kind to the then-fledgling actor on the set of What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? in the ‘90s.
DiCaprio, who’s 12 years younger than Depp, was apparently quite excited about video games at the time, and Depp, who said he was in a bad place at the time of filming, wasn’t exactly interested.
According to this tabloid, a 30-year-old actor refusing to listen to a teen talk about video games and not allowing him to bum cigarettes off of him is worthy of being called “torture” without the context of Depp’s remorseful and good-humored anecdote.
Given that it’s been decades since the movie came out and both are still in the same industry, Depp added that he sees DiCaprio from time to time.
Likewise, there isn’t any evidence of DiCaprio’s wrath or hatred or whatever narrative the tabloid is trying to sell here. This is the same actor who has such a strong distaste for unnecessarily being in the public eye that he may have once asked Kevin Connolly to cover him up in a photo posted to Instagram.
He’s not banging on doors demanding that Depp doesn’t get work so he can have a big romantic proposal.
By the way, DiCaprio isn’t engaged, and we’d take any talk of wedding plans coming from NW to be taken with a grain of salt. The tabloid previously reported that DiCaprio and Morrone were straight-up married and expecting a baby, and months have passed without a wedding ring or newborn.
It looks like this outlet has decided to just repeat the claim of DiCaprio getting married until it either comes true or he and his girlfriend break up.
For what it’s worth, the “100 percent blacklisted” claim is just as ridiculous. If being mentioned by Heard is enough to scare others off from working with Depp, then why are Eddie Redmayne and Johnny Depp both attached to the third Fantastic Beasts film? Despite the length of the case, Depp is still collaborating with plenty of other stars, including big names like Jude Law and Bill Nighy. His latest film, Minamata, just locked in its international distribution deals.
Like other sources of nasty rumors, NW is just looking to capitalize on the legal situation and stir up some trouble, which is despicable enough when it comes to humdrum Hollywood lawsuits, but to do so on a case so centered on domestic violence is downright despicable.
Last year, the tabloid was trying to push rumors about Depp trying to romantically reunite with Winona Ryder. Once the court case concludes, we wouldn’t be shocked to see that gossip return. After all, it’s clear that this magazine doesn’t care for the truth.