Fans of Johnny Depp are sharing their concern for the A-lister’s well-being, but a source reportedly insists there’s no cause for concern.
The “Black Mass” actor posed for photos with fans at the Four Seasons Hotel in St. Petersburg, Russia last week and appeared thinner than usual. He was also very pale, and without his signature long hair and goatee.
“I think my hero looks ill,” said one Facebook user. “Hope this is for an upcoming role,” another fan stated. F**k me is that Johnny Depp?” said a third user.
Others dismissed his appearance, saying the baseball hat and his shaved hair gave the appearance of sickness. While it’s unclear at this point whether he is ill, some proposed it was weight loss for his upcoming movie, Richard Says Goodbye, currently in post-production. In it, Depp plays the title character, a college professor who receives a life-altering diagnosis; after the professor gets the news, he goes on a bender of sorts, including excessive drinking, smoking and other harmful activities. It seems to fit the bill, but it’s presumptuous.
On Twitter, fans were either panicked or dismissive, mostly saying the rumours of illness are exaggerated. Most commenters believe it was just an unflattering photo.
Depp, 54, sported a short hairdo with shaved sides and a clean face while performing with Hollywood Vampires in Moscow.
The actor’s personal life hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing over the past several years: Depp has been embroiled in multiple legal disputes, including a lawsuit filed by his former management company and the messy divorce from his wife of nearly two years, Amber Heard. The former lawsuit is still ongoing, and Depp has even filed a countersuit, alleging the managers owe him millions of dollars.
Depp will return to the big screen in November in “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Gindelwald”.
Meanwhile, a source tells E! News there’s nothing wrong with “The Pirates Of The Caribbean” star at all, insisting Depp is “healthy” and “there is no reason to be concerned.” ET Canada has reached out to Depp’s rep for comment.
~ With files from Chris Jancelewicz, Global News