Throughout his decades as one of the biggest movie stars in the world, Johnny Depp has been praised for his chameleon-like ability to completely transform himself from one role to the next.
Now, for his final act, Depp has apparently decided to morph from beloved screen idol into broke-ass self-saboteur who may or may not be guilty of viciously bullying the ex-wife he allegedly abused.
Let's back it up a bit to examine how Johnny managed to slice and dice his own public image like Edward Scissorhands with a bad case of the shakes from drinking $30,000 worth of wine a month.
When Depp and Amber Heard finalized their divorce, they signed an iron-clad non-disclosure agreement that prevented either of them from speaking about the split publicly.
Johnny went and screwed that up by filing a series of lawsuits that required the courts to dredge up all the nasty allegations against him.
Most recently, he sued Heard for $50 million for discussing her experiences as an abuse survivor in a recent Washington Post op-ed.
His lawyers came out swinging and alleged that Heard tried to cut Depp's finger off during one particularly nasty fight.
Amber's team fired back with both barrels, leveling allegations both horrific (repeated tales of physical abuse directed at Heard) and hilarious (they claim Depp was so jealous of James Franco that he threw a tantrum for an entire cross-country flight).
In addition to his battle against Heard, Depp is still suing his former lawyer Jake Bloom because -- get this -- Bloom advised Depp to settle with Heard out of court, as a messy court battle would do irreparable damage to his career.
Apparently, when you're rich enough, you can actually sue people for being right.
Anyway, that case has also yielded a ton of messy revelations, including an account of Depp attempting to get Heard fired from her role in Aquaman.
In her Washington Post piece, Heard claimed that she had been "blacklisted" in Hollywood following her split from Depp:
"A movie I was attached to recast my role. I had just shot a two-year campaign as the face of a global fashion brand, and the company dropped me," she wrote.
"Questions arose as to whether I would be able to keep my role of Mera in the movies “Justice League” and “Aquaman.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, lawyers for Bloom intend to prove that Depp was behind that vicious campaign:
"Sources familiar with the deposition requests say [Warner Bros. chairman Kevin] Tsujihara will be asked to testify under oath about whether or not he played a role in “blacklisting” Heard at Warner Bros.," the outlet reports.
"Depp, a star in the studio’s Fantastic Beasts franchise (he plays Grindelwald), is alleged to have personally lobbied Tsujihara to remove the actress from Aquaman and block her from getting other projects."
Yes, Bloom plans to get the former president of Warner Bros. -- who was himself disgraced in a recent, Wenistein-esque "casting couch" scandal -- to verify that Depp tried to destroy Heard's career.
And because we live in supremely f--ked up times, that might actually do more damage to Depp's career than the allegations that he's an abusive monster.
You can smack around all the actresses you want, but the moment you start messing with studio exec's and their precious reputations, you're going down, pal!