Johnny Depp has been through the wringer over the past year, largely thanks to his ongoing legal battle with his ex-wife Amber Heard (Aquaman, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom).
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As part of the spinoff, Depp was fired by both The Walt Disney Company Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and Warner Bros.’ fantastic beasts franchise.
Mads Mikkelsen(Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) replaced Depp as Gellert Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 3officially titled The Secrets of Dumbeldore.
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Now, the film’s first critical reviews are starting to roll in and things, once again, are unfortunately not going well for Depp. Critics rave about Mikkelsen’s performance, dismissing the Alice in Wonderland quite an actor.
The Hollywood Reporter shared a number of excerpts from various fantastic beasts reviews, including:
“Mikkelsen slips so naturally into the role of Grindelwald that it’s easy to forget Depp has ever played the part,” writes Kirsten Acuna of Insider. “With Depp, I couldn’t understand why anyone would want to follow a wizard who looked comically just another bizarre invention from the actor’s menagerie of eccentric characters he’s played over the years.
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Another opinion downplaying Depp’s performance in the Harry Potter the spin-off series was also featured in THR’overview:
Brian Truitt of USA Today adds, “While Depp’s take – essentially playing Grindelwald as a bizarre, wild-haired cult leader – was fine, Mikkelsen’s takes feels more dangerous, as he wields public charm as a a manipulative man who pleases the crowd while hiding his inherent ruthless cruelty.
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Other critics echoed these sentiments, with some suggesting Depp’s casting was a bad choice from the start:
Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian wrote in his review that Mikkelsen “gives a more subtle and insidious performance than Depp’s”, while Robbie Cullen of The Telegraph argues that Mikkelsen’s performance proves he “should have been cast from the start. “instead of Depp.
Curiously, Mikkelsen himself has spoken out before, saying he wasn’t sure if Depp’s dismissal “was fair” and he wasn’t sure the Tim Burton favorite should be recast.
you can catch Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets in U.S. theaters from April 15, 2022.
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If you haven’t been following the ongoing Johnny Depp v Amber Heard case, in November 2020 Hollywood actor Depp lost his libel case against the UK News Group newspaper publication, The sunfor their report that he engaged in domestic violence – including taking a hostage during a Pirates of the Caribbean shoot in Australia — against the Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom actress several times.
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UK judge Andrew Nicol presided over the original proceedings and Depp later lost his right to appeal the original decision in the UK. The Jack Sparrow actor, for his part, has denied the domestic abuse allegations, with even his ex-partners, Vanessa Paradis and Winona Ryder, repeatedly coming to his defense.
Currently, the former couple are next scheduled to appear in court in their US$50 million civil lawsuit in Virginia in April 2022.
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As noted, Depp was fired from his two most high-profile roles – his iconic role as Captain Jack Sparrow in Disney’s pirate franchise and as Gellert Grindelwald in Warner Bros. fantastic beasts series – due to the current situation.
Do you think Depp should have been recast as Grindelwald?