The chief executive of DC Films, which produced “Aquaman,” testified that the creative team was preoccupied with the role of Amber Heard in the film’s sequel due to lack of chemistry with the actor Jason Momoa .
On Tuesday, March 24, recorded testimony from Walter Hamada, president of DC Films, which is a division of Warner Bros., was presented to the jury in the defamation trial between Heard and her ex-husband, Johnny Depp.
Hamada testified that “Aquaman” was the highest-grossing film of all time for the company, and that the studio never planned to cast Heard as a co-star in “Aquaman 2” and that the actress’ role was not reduced in the upcoming film, titled “Aquaman, the Lost Kingdom”.
“The size of the movie role she has was determined early on in script development, which would have taken place in 2018. From the early stages of script development, the movie was built around the character of Arthur and the character of Orm. Arthur being Jason Momoa and Orm being Patrick Wilson. They were always the protagonists of the film.”
Amber Heard testified that she believes her role in “Aquaman 2” has been reduced and that she “had to fight even to be in the movie,” which is in post-production and scheduled to premiere in 2023.
But Hamada said in his deposition that after filming “Aquaman,” there was a discussion about the actress’ role in a sequel.
“I think editorially they were able to make that relationship work in the first movie, but there was a concern that it took a lot of effort for us to continue and it would be better to reframe, find someone who had a better, more natural chemistry with Jason Momoa and move forward in that way. ”, testified Hamada.
Hamada testified that the duo seemed to have good chemistry on “Aquaman,” but that the film relied on “post-production magic,” including editing, sound design, and music, to help “build” that chemistry.
“It’s like what makes a movie star a movie star. You know when you see. And the chemistry wasn’t there,” Hamada said in the deposition. “A good editor and a good filmmaker can pick the right shots and the right moments and put the scenes together against the soundtrack. The music in the scene makes a big difference.”
Hamada also testified that Heard’s role in the film and his ability to renegotiate his compensation were not affected by his involvement in the dispute with Depp, or any statements made by Depp’s representatives.
Also on Tuesday, Heard’s lawyers paused the case.
Amber Heard testified over five days this month. Witnesses on her side included the actress Ellen Barkin , whose recorded testimony was shown to jurors last week. Barkin claimed that while in a sexual relationship with Depp in the 1990s, she once saw the actor throw a bottle of wine at the wall during an altercation.
A motion to overturn Heard’s counterclaims against Depp was denied.
His team is expected to continue to present rebuttal witnesses starting Wednesday, which could include Kate Moss, Depp’s ex-girlfriend.
Closing arguments are expected on Friday.
Source: CNN Brasil