‘Fantastic Beasts’ Director Defends Johnny Depp’s Casting

It was revealed a few weeks ago that Johnny Depp will star in the sequel to “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them” and even has a very small appearance in the first film, which comes out on November 18.

Depp’s casting has faced criticism since it was confirmed, as a result of his alleged domestic violence incidents with his ex, Amber Heard.

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In an interview with Screen Rant, “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them” director David Yates defended Depp’s casting by calling him the “best actor for the job” and a “real artist.”

“The whole principle of casting the movie was, go for the best actor; go for the most inspired, interesting, right fit for that character. As we started to approach Grindelwald, we thought, Who’s going to take this in an interesting direction? In this business — it’s a weird old business — you’re a star one week, people are saying odd things the next, but no one takes away your pure talent,” Yates said.

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“Johnny Depp is a real artist and he’s created several characters who have really resonated in our popular culture. He’s a really brilliant, brilliant actor and we were excited about seeing what he would do with this kind of character. He’s fearless, he’s imaginative, he’s ambitious. We thought he’d do something fun and special. So we went for him purely on that selfish basis, we don’t care if he’s famous or not famous, we just know he’s interesting,” he added.

 

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