Johnny Depp Thanks Wife, Amber Heard, For Putting Up With Him — ‘It’s Hard For Me—It’s Got To Be Hard For Her’

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard will be celebrating their first wedding anniversary in about a month, and it looks like their relationship may be thriving. Depp recently thanked his wife for “putting up” with him in an acceptance speech for the Desert Palm Achievement Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Us Weekly reports.

“I also have to thank my wife Amber for putting up with me, for living with all these characters, which can’t be easy,” Depp said, a reference to all of the many film roles that probably still live inside the 52 year old actor. “It’s hard for me—it’s got to be hard for her.”

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard wed in February, 2015, after dating for four years. According to Us Weekly, the couple had two ceremonies, one in Depp’s Los Angeles home and another on a beach in the Bahamas. There’s an over twenty year age difference between Depp and Heard. She is 29, and he is 52.

But despite the huge age difference, Depp says that it’s easy for them to relate to each other, E! Online reports.

“We connect on a lot of levels but the first thing that really got me was she’s an aficionado of the blues,” he said at the premiere of her film The Danish Girl in Los Angeles. “I would play a song, some old obscure blues song, and she knew what it was.”

They also share a love of literature, Depp says.

“She’s very very literate. She’s a voracious reader as I have been, so we connected on that as well and she’s kind of brilliant and beautiful.”

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During the acceptance speech at the Palm Springs Festival, the star of the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise also thanked the studio executives at Warner Bros. who did not complain about the prosthetics that Depp wore for his role in Black Mass.

In the film, Johnny Depp plays Whitey Bulger, one of the most notorious criminals to ever come out of South Boston. For the role, Depp had to drastically transform his physical appearance for the role, which is generating lots of Oscar buzz for the actor.

According to E! Online, in November, Johnny Depp revealed that he was almost axed from the first the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie.

“It trickled back to me that [former Disney CEO] Michael Eisner went on some sort of bent about how ‘Godda**it, Johnny Depp’s ruining the film! What is that thing? It is drunk, is it gay?’ ” Depp said during an interview at the AFI Film Festival in Hollywood.

As Depp recalls, he was then summoned to a meeting with Disney’s “upper echelon.”

“What the f**k are you doing?” he remembers them asking. “When they asked if it was gay, I said: ‘Didn’t you know all my characters are gay?’ I really expected to be fired but I wasn’t for some reason. They were actually going to put subtitles under my character, they couldn’t understand Captain Jack.”

But the audiences understood the character, and loved him. The first Pirates of The Caribbean movie earned over $305 million at the U.S. box office, according to Box Office Mojo. The first movie also spawned 3 sequels and Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No Tales is currently in production.

One contentious issue that Amber Heard and Johnny Depp are currently facing is actually linked to Depp’s work on Pirates of The Caribbean 5. As Mashable reports, Amber will face trial in Australia for smuggling Johnny Depp’s dogs into Australia, where the movie is being filmed.

Amber Heard was charged in July with two counts of illegally importing the Yorkshire terriers Pistol and Boo into the country. If you don’t remember, the puppy incident sparked a tense face-off between Johnny Depp and Australia’s Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce. Joyce threatened to have the puppies killed if Depp didn’t get them out of the country.

“If we start letting movie stars, even though they have been the Sexiest Man Alive twice, to come into our nation, then why don’t we just break the laws for everybody. It is time that Pistol and Boo buggered off to the United States,” Joyce famously said in an Australian TV interview.

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