Amber Heard has furiously clapped back at claims she is being dropped from her $2 million role in the Aquaman sequel after it was reported that she was due to be cut from the movie and recast – just hours after the actress landed herself at the center of another scandal by repeating her allegations of abuse against ex-husband Johnny Depp, despite being found guilty of defamation for accusing him of sexual assault.
In the wake of bitter backlash against the star over the interview, Just Jared reported that the 36-year-old actress – who has already completed filming on the sequel to the 2018 sci-fi movie in which she starred alongside Jason Momoa – had officially been dropped from Aquaman 2, alleging that Warner Bros ‘screentested the movie’, which is due to premiere in December, and concluded that Heard’s scenes should be reshot with another actress.
The petition alleges that Heard was ‘exposed as a domestic abuser by Depp’ during their multimillion-dollar court battle.
Hamada testified to the court that producers had to ‘fabricate’ chemistry between the two actors, while admitting that the studio delayed announcing Heard’s part in the sequel for weeks because of ‘conversations about recasting’ her role.
Hamada’s video testimony was played during the Depp–Heard trial and contradicted that of Heard and entertainment-industry expert Kathryn Arnold, who both said that Heard almost lost the role in the sequel after her messy split with Johnny Depp.
Hamada confirmed that Heard was almost let go from the film, but testified that this was was due to a lack of chemistry between Heard and her costar Jason Momoa rather than her legal skirmishes with Depp.
“They didn’t have a lot of chemistry together,” Hamada said. “The reality is it’s not uncommon on movies for two leads to not have chemistry and that it’s sort of movie magic and editorial—the ability to put performances together with the magic of a great score and how you put the pieces together, you can fabricate that chemistry. At the end of the day when you watch the movie, it looked like they have great chemistry. But I just know that through the course of postproduction, it took a lot of effort to get there. Sometimes you don’t, sometimes it’s very easy. Sometimes you just put characters together on the screen and they work…. It’s like what makes a movie star a movie star. You know it when you see it. The chemistry wasn’t there…. This one was more difficult because of lack of chemistry between the two.”