Johnny Depp has signed a historic deal with Dior after the brand faced pressure to drop him following various trials in recent years.
The fifty-nine-year-old has signed on to 3 more years of his deal with Dior to promote their fragrance Sauvage, as per Variety.
The $20 million deal marks the highest-ever payout for a men’s fragrance promotion deal. The only actor who has gotten close is Robert Pattinson, who earned $12 million to serve as spokesperson for Dior Homme.
Dior’s relationship with Depp is distinctly different to how the actor has been treated by other brands.
Fans will be aware that in 2003’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Depp made his acting debut as pirate Jack Sparrow. He later returned to the character for the sequels Dead Man’s Chest, At World’s End, and On Stranger Tides before delivering his final performance in Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017).
However, this wasn’t meant to be the final film in the Disney franchise, but after his ex-girlfriend, Amber Heard accused Johnny Depp of domestic abuse, the actor was fired from the franchise and later filed a defamation lawsuit in the US.
Depp won the $50 million lawsuit in the high-profile case, which was resolved last year, and this prompted supporters of the Hollywood actor to urge Disney to bring him back into the Pirates of the Caribbean universe.
And fans might get their wish after all, as based on his previous displays of support for the actor, it appears that one of the franchise’s producers may be amenable to the concept of Depp making a return…
When Jerry Bruckheimer was questioned about the likelihood of a Depp comeback during an interview with Deadline, he responded: “He’s just so good at what he does and actors recover from things like this.
“He’s a good individual and he’s a caring individual. He’s somebody that you can rely on and he’s just terrific.
“I think Johnny is an utter friend and an amazing artist and, again, you go through things in life you wish you hadn’t, but he’s still a talented artist.”
Prior to this, Bruckheimer has also stated that he would “love” to have Depp return to the part.
When questioned by The Hollywood Reporter in 2022 on whether Disney will bring Depp back, Bruckheimer responded: “You’d have to ask them. I can’t answer that question. I really don’t know.
“I would love to have him in the movie.
“He’s a friend, a terrific actor and it’s unfortunate that personal lives creep into everything we do.”
Yet, when it was said that “Disney [was] very interested in patching up their relationship with Johnny Depp” in June of last year, officials for Depp quickly put an end to rumors about a comeback, with a rep for the star announcing “This is made up.”
Depp also made it very clear that he would not be returning to Disney during the defamation trial due to the way he was treated following Heard’s allegations.
When her attorney Ben Rottenborn inquired about the veracity of Depp’s statement that “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?” Depp confirmed, “That is true, Mr. Rottenborn.”
After hearing the news, many fans have shared their opinions online, with one writing: “I loved Jack Sparrow. But we won’t see him again. Not even for 300 million dollars and a million alpacas. I fully support Johnny Depp after the way Disney treated him.”
While another commented: “I’m sorry but that’s not gonna happen, as much as I would love to see Johnny back as Jack, he’s already said many times that he’ll never do pirates again.”
“While he would still be great in the role and deserves the pay for it, I don’t think he will. He said he would never work for them again, and I think he will stick to his word,” a third echoed.