Amber Heard sparks debate over movies quotes in testimony
Supporters of Johnny Depp are accusing Amber Heard of dramatizing her testimony in the former couple’s ongoing defamation trial by borrowing lines from famous films.
However, others are insisting online that the comparisons are within reach.
Breitbart News reporter Alana Mastrangelo Tweeted Thursday a side-by-side video of Heard’s quotes on the stand this week and a scene from the 1999 film “The Talented Mr. Ripley.”
She wrote, “Amber Heard: ‘When I was around Johnny I felt like the most beautiful person in the world — then he would disappear.’”
Mastrangelo then pulled a “Mr. Ripley” line: “The thing with Dickie, it’s like the sun shines on you and it’s glorious — then he forgets you and it’s very cold.”
One person commented in response to the comparison, “Seems like a stretch… but she’s definitely putting on a show.”
Another argued, “It wasn’t the exact same words… but that’s what you do when you make the character your own.”
A separate user agreed with the former, writing, “These are two complete different quotes?”
Then another chimed in, “You do realize that literally anyone who has been in a relationship like hers has likely described their partner in a similar way, right?”
Meanwhile, podcaster NotSkinnyButNotFat pointed out on Instagram that Jennifer Garner once used a similar quote to speak about ex-husband Ben Affleck.
The “13 Going on 30” star awning Vanity Fair in 2016 of her children’s father, “I always say, ‘When his sun shines on you, you feel it.’ But when the sun is shining elsewhere, it’s cold. He can cast quite a shadow.”
However, Mastrangelo was convinced that Heard, 36, had taken inspiration from several movies, also noting that the actress’ mention of a “dirty carpet” after Depp, 58, allegedly hit her was “reminiscent of scenes from Netflix’s ‘Maid.’”
She also highlighted Heard’s claim that Depp once told her “I’d rather cut my hand off than ever lay it upon you” as similar to a line from the 1945 drama “Mildred Pierce,” in which the star says, “I’d have rather cut off my hand.”
Reps for Heard declined to comment on the movie quote debate.
However, Depp’s legal team appears to believe the “Aquaman” star is putting on some sort of an act on the stand.
They told Page Six in a statement Thursday, “As Mr. Depp’s counsel correctly predicted in their opening statements last month, Ms. Heard did indeed deliver ‘the performance of her life’ in her direct examination.”
Heard’s rep responded soon after, saying in part, “As evidenced by the statement just released, Mr. Depp’s defamation claim is falling apart so rapidly that his counsel are turning from prosecutor to persecutor.”
Depp is suing Heard for defamation over a 2018 Washington Post op-ed in which she wrote that she was a victim of sexual violence.
Although the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star was not named in the article, it was written after Heard filed a restraining order against her ex-husband in 2016 over abuse allegations.
The former couple started dating in 2012 and were married from 2015 to 2017.
Depp is seeking $50 million in damages. Heard has filed a $100 million countersuit.