Johnny Depp has opened up about his finances and rumours about his spending habits.
Last year, managers of the Pirates of the Caribbean star claimed that he was close to financial ruin, and published a lawsuit with a list of his alleged spending.
But Depp has hit back at claims he spent $30,000 a month on wine, and another $3 million to shoot the ashes of close friend Hunter S Thompson from a specially-made cannon.
“It’s insulting to say that I spent $30,000 on wine because it was far more,” he told Rolling Stone.
“By the way, it was not $3 million to shoot Hunter into the f**king sky – it was $5 million.”
After his divorce from Amber Heard in 2016, Depp found himself in the middle of a legal battle with his former managers (The Management Group’s Joel and Robert Mandel) and is suing them for mismanaging his money, while the pair are counter-suing him and claiming he was responsible for his financial situation.
Discussing his personal life struggles, the 55-year-old said: “I was as low as I believe I could have gotten.
“The next step was, ‘You’re going to arrive somewhere with your eyes open and you’re going to leave there with your eyes closed.’
“I couldn’t take the pain every day.”
Depp also discussed the rumour that he had to be fed his lines through an ear-piece while working on the latest Pirates film.
He explained that the ear-piece plays him sounds to ensure his ability to “act with his eyes”.
“I’ve got bagpipes, a baby crying and bombs going off,” he said. “It creates a truth. Some of my biggest heroes were in silent film. It had to be behind the eyes.
“And my feeling is, that if there’s no truth behind the eyes, doesn’t matter what the f**k words are.”
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