Mads Mikkelsen Opens Up About Taking Over Johnny Depp’s Role in ‘Fantastic Beasts’

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Author: Just Jared

Mads Mikkelsen is discussing his new role.

The 55-year-old actor spoke out in a profile for WSJ. Magazine.

Here’s what he had to say…

On taking over Johnny Depp’s role in the Fantastic Beasts franchise: “I don’t feel constrained at all. I think it would be creative suicide if I tried to copy what Johnny did. It’s also very specific. He’s a wonderful actor that nobody can copy, so trying to would be insane. Obviously, I have to find my own path.”

On the role his kids thought was the coolest, starring in Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money” music video: “Yes, I was the bitch. But I never knew quite why or how I became the bitch…that made me go off on the cool meter among my kids. Bond— fine, OK. Star Wars movie—kind of OK. But working with Rihanna—just top-notch. You know, I might need to get in another video soon.”

On what he does on a night off: “There is a game in Europe called handball, which is very big. Denmark is in the world championships, and we’re reigning champions. So I’m going to watch that tonight. Everyone in the country follows it. It’s like—don’t ask me to explain it. Just watch it. It’s much easier.”

Here’s what he said when asked if he’s spoken to Johnny Depp.

For more from Mads, head to WSJ.com.

Delayed Again! Johnny Depp’s $50M Defamation Trial Against Amber Heard Pushed To Next Year

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Author: Dominic Patten

EXCLUSIVE: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard won’t be facing off in a Virginia courtroom anytime soon, it seems. In yet another delay in the trial start of the former Pirates of the Caribbean star’s acetous $50 million defamation lawsuit against the Aquaman actress, the former couple will now trade barbs and evidence on April 11, […]

Johnny Depp Subpoenas Elon Musk for Defamation Lawsuit Against Amber Heard

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Johnny Depp‘s lawyers have served a subpoena to Elon Musk for his upcoming $50 million defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard.

After several delays, the trial is set to begin on May 17 in Virginia’s Fairfax County, though several hearings will happen in the coming weeks to determine certain details for the trial.

The subpoena that Musk was sent includes 24 requests that essentially cover “all communications between you and Ms. Heard regarding Mr. Depp,” according to Deadline. The outlet reports that included are specific requests about The Sun case, the ACLU and “any allegations of physical abuse or domestic violence committed by either Mr. Depp or Ms. Heard.”

If you didn’t know, Amber dated Elon after her relationship with Johnny ended and there were even accusations that they were together while the couple was still married.

Johnny has also served a subpoena to the ACLU for information on donations, the defamation suit and conversations about “the relationship between Mr. Depp and Ms. Heard.”

Last month, Amber‘s lawyers responded to a claim that she pocketed her divorce money, which she promised to donate to the ACLU and the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Johnny Depp Exercises Some Free Speech With ACLU & Elon Musk Subpoenaed In $50M Amber Heard Case

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Author: Dominic Patten

Little over three months before the trial in Johnny Depp’s $50 million defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard is set to finally start, the pink slipped Fantastic Beasts actor wants Elon Musk and the American Civil Liberties Union to be pulled into the case. As Depp awaits a hearing in the UK next month on his […]

Johnny Depp Will Receive Hearing In March Over Bid To Appeal UK Court’s “Wife Beater” Ruling

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Johnny Depp and his legal team will receive an oral hearing in their bid to appeal a decision handed down by UK High Court that The Sun newspaper did not libel the actor by branding him a “wife beater” in a 2018 article. Court of Appeal judge Lord Justice Underhill decreed yesterday that an estimated […]

Disney & LAPD Hauled Into Johnny Depp’s $50M Defamation Suit Against Amber Heard; Actor Wants Discovery Motion By ‘Aquaman’ Star Rejected

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Author: Dominic Patten

EXCLUSIVE: Johnny Depp may believe that he has handed Amber Heard all the documentation he needs to in the former couple’s multi-million-dollar defamation battles, but the Aquaman star is now going fishing in some very deep seas. In subpoenas submitted today, Heard wants to know what the Los Angeles Police department and Walt Disney Motion […]

Amber Heard’s Lawyer Responds to Johnny Depp’s Claim That She Pocketed Divorce Money, Which She Promised to Donate

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A new report claims that Amber Heard has not delivered on the promise to donate her full $7 million divorce settlement from Johnny Depp to charity.

The 34-year-old actress promised back in 2016 that she was going to donate $3.5 million to both Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Daily Mail has shared documents from CHLA that show Amber has only donated $100,000 so far to the organization, despite the charity reaching out to her in 2019 to ask if she still intended on delivering the remaining amount. The outlet says that Johnny‘s lawyers believe the promise to donate the money was a “sham.”

Now, Amber‘s lawyers are speaking out in response to the story.

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Amber‘s lawyers claim that Johnny‘s team planted the story with Daily Mail in hopes of helping in his efforts to get a new trial against The Sun as part of the “wife beater” case, which he previously lost.

“Mr. Depp’s effort to plant stories in the media criticizing Amber for not yet fulfilling all the donations she pledged to charity is yet another desperate attempt to divert attention from the UK Court’s findings relating to allegations of Mr. Depp committing domestic abuse and violence,” her lawyer Elaine Bredehoft told Deadline.

The lawyer also explained why Amber hasn’t donated the full amount yet.

“Amber has already been responsible for seven figures in donations to charitable causes and intends to continue to contribute and eventually fulfill her pledge,” the lawyer added. “However, Amber has been delayed in that goal because Mr. Depp filed a lawsuit against her, and consequently, she has been forced to spend millions of dollars defending Mr. Depp’s false accusations against her.”

Johnny‘s lawyers haven’t released a formal statement about the claims, but Deadline did find an online comment that the actor’s longtime legal advisor Adam Waldman allegedly made in response to the statement from Amber‘s lawyer.

In response to the lawyer saying that Amber will “eventually fulfill her pledge,” he said, “is that the same thing as a 4 year media spasm of the $7m charitable donation? Is that the same thing that was said in court under oath? No, it is not the same thing.”

Johnny Depp Making “Desperate Attempt” To Malign Amber Heard, ‘Aquaman’ Star’s Lawyer Says; Admits Promised $7M Charitable Donations “Delayed”

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Author: Dominic Patten

The multi-national legal battles between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have just become a lot less charitable. As the once married Rum Diary co-stars’ inch towards a May 3 trial start in Depp’s $50 million defamation suit against Heard, claims have now reemerged over whether the Aquaman star actually donated her $7 million 2016 divorce […]

Johnny Depp’s Home Targeted in Attempted Burglary

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A suspect connected to a break-in Johnny Depp‘s home has been arrested.

TMZ reports that according to law enforcement sources, the woman broke into Johnny‘s Hollywood Hills home over the weekend. The intruder set off the home’s security system and the police were called.

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While the woman fled the property before law enforcement arrived, police were able to find her nearby and connected her to another recent burglary. Johnny was not at home during the attempted robbery and it is unclear if anything has been taken from his home.

It was announced in November that actor Mads Mikkelsen would be replacing Johnny as Gellert Grindelwald in the third installment of the Fantastic Beasts. Johnny resigned from the role following the loss of his libel case against British publishing company News Group Newspapers. He announced in a statement following his resignation that he plans to appeal the court’s decision.

Mads recently addressed whether he had spoken to Johnny about replacing him – read what he had to say.