Johnny Depp joins Instagram with dramatic video about coronavirus crisis, racks up 1.6M followers within hours
Johnny Depp recently joined Instagram and has already got himself more than a million followers.
The actor took to the social media platform on April 16 to share some pictures of himself. In his debut post, the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' actor can be seen sitting in a dimly lit room in front of a table that is covered in candles with a barrel in the background with a cryptic caption: “Hello everyone… filming something for you now… gimme a minute."
Four hours later the 56-year-old also shared a lengthy video and used it to talk about the coronavirus pandemic as well as announce a cover of John Lennon’s 1970 song “Isolation.” In the video he shared, he also seemed to hint at his long-time feud with his ex-wife Amber Heard. The video started with Depp saying, "I don't think I've really ever felt any particular reason to [join social media] until now. now is the time to open up a dialogue, as the threat of this invisible enemy has already caused immeasurable tragedies and damage to people's lives."
Amid all the talk of the pandemic, Depp also discussed his own musical leanings, specifically that he has been recording an album over the past few years with former Yardbirds guitarist and one of his “all-time guitar heroes,” Jeff Beck and that's when he announced released their cover of 'Isolation'.
“The profundity of his lyrics seem to Jeff and me especially fitting for what’s happening right now. The song’s about isolation, fear, and the existential risk to our world, so we wanted to give the song to you,” the actor offered. “We truly both hope in our own little way, it helps you get through these unusual times that we’re experiencing, even if it just helps to pass the time as we endure isolation together.”
He urged his fans and followers to 'care for one another' and get creative as the world battles the COVID-19 outbreak. Towards the end of the video, the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' star said, "On a more personal note, thank you all for your kindness, your unwavering support and your strength over these years."
Recently, another 'Pirates of the Caribbean' actor, Lee Arenberg revealed that a sixth movie is "definitely" being discussed. The actor who had played the role of the bumbling pirate Pintel in the original series has not been involved with the franchise since 2007 but suggested that a new film is on the table.
When asked about a possible sixth part of the popular series, he told Kendall Talks TV, "They're definitely talking about it, as far as I know." It is not known whether there will be another sequel or a reboot of the original franchise itself- where Johnny Depp had starred as Captain Jack Sparrow.
A screenwriter on the first film 'Curse of the Black Pearl', Stuart Beattie, had previously suggested that the studio was looking towards the future. "I think [Depp's] had a great run. Obviously he's made that character his own and it's become the thing that he's most famous for now."
"It's been great for him and it's been great for us... There's that saying, 'Don't frown because it's over, smile because it happened'. The fact that they're rebooting something that you did means that you did something that was worth rebooting. It's an honor," Beattie shared.
Depp had first appeared in the 2001 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movie, 'The Curse Of The Black Pearl'. He went on to play the role in the next four 'Pirates of the Caribbean' films that followed.