Johnny Depp Hasn’t Changed But Amber Heard Impacts Depp’s Image [Opinion]

Kim McLendon - Author

Apr. 3 2017, Updated 4:33 a.m. ET

Johnny Depp is multifaceted, mega-talented, and compulsively creative. Johnny has a broad range of interests and diverse capabilities that make him completely unique and hard to categorize in any way.

Amber Heard hardly changed who Johnny Depp is in her brief 15-month marriage to the Jack Sparrow actor. Yet his public image has drastically changed in recent months. It is perhaps easier to see Johnny in a different light because he is a man of many faces and many talents.

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Johnny Depp can be seen as The Mad Hatter, Hunter S. Thompson, Jack Sparrow, and Edward Scissorhands. He’s been Willy Wonka, Sweeney Todd, and Barnabas Collins. Yes, it is a strange crew of personas and a strange brew in Johnny Depp’s psyche that has taken each character so internally, and portrayed each with such beautiful authenticity.

Enter Amber Heard, a beautiful 30-year-old starlet who married Johnny Depp. Then, 15 months later, Amber Heard filed for divorce and wanted a restraining order, after the Pirates of the Caribbean star reportedly threw a cell phone at her. Notice, though, this was an iPhone which has an approximate weight of 4-6 ounces depending on the model according to Apple.

Johnny Depp is a creative genius, with plenty of quirks, but is wife-beating really one of them? Both Depp’s ex-wife, Lori Anne Allison, and the mother of his two children Vanessa Paradis were quick to say Amber Heard’s accusations did not match their experiences with Depp. Vanessa Paradis called the story “outrageous.”

Vanessa Paradis, who was Johnny Depp’s partner for 14 years and has two children with him, drafted a handwritten note now posted on TMZ which states her feelings on the issue of Amber Heard’s allegations of abuse.

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“To whom it may concern, Johnny Depp is the father of my two children. He is a sensitive, loving and loved person, and I believe with all my heart that these recent allegations being made are outrageous. In all the years I have known Johnny, he has never been physically abusive with me and this looks nothing like the man I lived with for 14 wonderful years.”

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Similarly, Johnny Depp’s longtime friend Marilyn Manson stepped forward angrily to defend his friend against Amber Heard’s accusations. Whatever happened between Amber and Johnny, the behavior described is unbelievably out of character, according to those who know him.

Marylin Manson is quoted in the Mirror defending the Hollywood Vampire guitarist against Amber Heard’s accusations of violence.

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“Lily-Rose is my goddaughter and I was there when Jack was born, so we go back. Johnny is one of the nicest people that I know – to the extent where it’s almost heartbreaking how kind he is to his friends and everyone around him. I know that he was completely crucified – unjustly.”

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Marylin Manson continued defending Johnny Depp against Amber Heard as quoted in the Mirror.

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“Of course I think that all of it was bulls**t, and I think that he is a great person. I wouldn’t agree with any of it if someone were to put me on the stand and ask me what I know, or what I’ve witnessed.”

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Alice Cooper said Johnny Depp, who lost his mother just prior to Amber Heard’s angry departure, felt Johnny was not showing any real distress about the accusations.

A video, given to TMZ, to “prove” Johnny Depp’s abuse is a rather obvious fake. The actor in the video is wearing a hat and sunglasses in the house and appears to outweigh Jack Sparrow by at least 40 pounds. The film was heavily edited and various tricks were used to make the image of the man alleged to be Johnny out of focus. Amber Heard claimed she did not release the video, and it is doubtful she was even in the video. Her face is never shown.

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While Amber Heard’s accusations were not proven, it cast doubts about Johnny’s character that seem to have spurred a strange backlash of bad press after the divorce was granted. People seem to have forgotten who Johnny Depp is, and in many cases they never knew.

Johnny Depp defies categorization. He is unique and has always been uniquely intelligent, uniquely gifted, and unique in his perspective which he shows in his life and his performance arts. Depp had a dual career and was at times deeply involved in both music and acting. Although Johnny is world-famous for his acting, much of his passion lies in music.

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Johnny Depp dropped out of high school at age 16, in the wake of his parent’s divorce, to become a rock star. It was his lifelong dream. Depp remained close to his mother Betty Sue Palmer, though, and spent time with her in her final days, moving her into the home with himself and Amber Heard, according to the New York Daily News.

How Amber Heard was received by Palmer has been hotly debated in the press, but what is known is that only three days after the matriarch died, Amber Heard filed for divorce. Did Betty Sue Palmer “hate” Amber Heard, as speculated? It remains unknown, but it seems rather tacky of Amber Heard to file for divorce as Johnny Depp was burying his mother.

The Hollywood Vampires guitarist began his career in music at age 16, at first fronting for several garage bands, before signing with a band known only as “The Kids.” Johnny saw his first taste of success when The Kids opened for Iggy Pop according to

Encouraged, Johnny Depp and The Kids moved from Florida to Los Angeles. Sadly the West Coast music scene was terribly competitive in the 1980s. The Kids just couldn’t get a break. Lori Alison, Johnny’s wife at the time, sought out other solutions for her artistically frustrated husband.

Johnny Depp’s first wife Lori Allison suggested Johnny try acting. Though Lori Allison was the makeup artist for the band, she believed Johnny might have a better future in drama.

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Unlike Amber Heard, Lori Allison parted amicably with her husband after being married for three years, from 1983 to 1986.

Depp was able to arrange an introduction to Nicolas Cage, and soon landed a role in Wes Craven’s A Nightmare On Elm Street, followed by a small role in Oliver Stone’s Platoon. In 1986 he was chosen to star in 21 Jump Street.

While Johnny Depp’s acting career took off rapidly, The Kids never really made it, despite efforts. Still, Johnny kept his rock and roll dreams alive, appearing in a number of rock videos, including a Tom Petty music video for “The Great Wide Open.” He was part of a band called P, which never really gained a lot of popularity.

Johnny Depp was always a musician at heart, despite his huge success as an actor. For the past two years, the Pirates of the Caribbean actor has been a member of Hollywood Vampires, a supergroup with three hugely famous members. Alice Cooper, Joe Perry of Aerosmith, and Johnny Depp are Hollywood Vampires. They have matching rings and love to wear black leather.


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