'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald': Ezra Miller says the cast wasn't consulted about Johnny Depp's controversial role
Depp's casting has been shaded a lot especially after allegations against him for physically and verbally abusing his ex-wife Amber Heard had flared up
Harry Potter fans might be reveling in the magic of the latest installment in the franchise 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' finally releasing this Friday, but cast member Ezra Miler is very clueless about some aspects of the film. Case in point: Why Johnny Depp was cast in the film at all. The 26-year-old internet heartthrob who has made fans swoon with his portrayal of Credence Barebone in the film based on J.K. Rowling's book recently shared about Depp's controversial involvement in the film.
Speaking to Playboy, he shared that neither he nor any other cast members were asked for their opinions on working with Depp, especially considering allegations against Depp for physically and verbally abusing his ex-wife Amber Heard had flared up not so long ago.
Depp denied the claims and the former couple reached a settlement suspiciously soon, but still, it comes as a shocker.
"None of us were consulted," Miller said. "None of us knew." But when asked if he was okay with starring alongside Depp, he elaborated, saying: "Look, I bring forth my work to this job, and I do the best that I can. I would say that literally every single aspect of my reality, inclusive of a lot of things that are not fine with me, are fine with me. It’s amazing how far the banner of all good can extend."
Depp's association with the film has been since 2016 when he made a cameo appearance right at the end of the first film 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'. That was quite shocking too, considering the time lapse between the films release, and his assault allegations filed by his ex-wife, which had enraged several fans of the franchise in general and leading to them directing that anger at author Rowling. But she would go on to strictly support the casting the following December.
"When Johnny Depp was cast as Grindelwald, I thought he’d be wonderful in the role. However, around the time of filming his cameo in the first movie, stories had appeared in the press that deeply concerned me and everyone most closely involved in the franchise," Rowling had told Entertainment Tonight in a statement at the time.
"Harry Potter fans had legitimate questions and concerns about our choice to continue with Johnny Depp in the role. As David Yates, long-time Potter director, has already said, we naturally considered the possibility of recasting. I understand why some have been confused and angry about why that didn’t happen."
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly last month, Depp said he "felt bad" for the 'Harry Potter' author. "I’ll be honest with you, I felt bad for J.K. having to field all these various feelings from people out there. I felt bad that she had to take that," he said. "But ultimately, there is real controversy. The fact remains I was falsely accused, which is why I’m suing the Sun newspaper for defamation for repeating false accusations. J.K. has seen the evidence and therefore knows I was falsely accused, and that’s why she has publicly supported me. She doesn’t take things lightly. She would not stand up if she didn’t know the truth. So that’s really it."