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DEBUNKED: Is Johnny Depp really returning to Disney after ‘$301m offer’?

Rumours that Johnny Depp is returning to Disney as Pirates of the Caribbean‘s Captain Jack Sparrow are all over the internet – but is there any truth to them?

It all started when a website published an article saying Disney had reportedly offered the actor $301 million to make a return to the franchise.

So is there any truth to it? And what’s so interesting about that number? Let’s take a look…


Rumours that Depp would be reprising his Captain Jack Sparrow character came about when an Australian pop culture blog shared a story with the headline “Johnny Depp USD $301 million Disney deal revealed?!”

It was quickly shared all over social media, with people debating whether or not it was true.

But sadly, it’s highly unlikely that there’s any truth behind it at all given what he said during his defamation case against ex-wife Amber Heard.


Depp was essentially asked during the case what it would take for him to work with Disney again.

And he made it clear he had no interest in striking a partnership up again.

Heard’s lawyer J. Benjamin Rottenborn asked Depp whether or not he could be persuaded to return to the franchise.

Rottenborn asked the actor: “The fact is, Mr Depp, if Disney came to you with $300 million and a million alpacas, nothing on this earth would get you to go back and work with Disney on a Pirates of the Caribbean film? Correct?”

Depp responded: “That is true, Mr Rottenborn.”

The rumoured $301m offer is so interesting because it’s just $1m more than the figure put to him in court.

And if Depp is willing to turn down $300m, it’s highly unlikely that he could be swayed by an extra million dollars.

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Depp won the case and was awarded $10m in compensatory damages and $5m in punitive damages.

Heard won one of her three defamation countersuit claims and was awarded $2 million.

Depp strenuously denied he had ever been abusive to Heard – or to any woman – during their relationship.

She told a different story, though, and took to the stand in Virginia to make a series of claims of abusive behaviour on his part.

The case was sparked by a 2018 op-ed written by Heard for The Washington Post under the headline: “I spoke up against sexual violence – and faced our culture’s wrath. That has to change.”

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