Australia: Depp's Apology Could Have Used More 'Gusto'

Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce didn't find it Oscar-worthy
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 19, 2016 6:03 AM CDT

Color him unimpressed: Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, described by Mashable as Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's "No. 1 enemy," gave his assessment Tuesday of the couple's much-discussed apology video. NBC News reports Joyce is the politician who threatened to put down dogs Pistol and Boo unless they were removed from the country, which they had entered illegally. In speaking with NBC News' Australian partner, Channel 7, Joyce colorfully said he had no role in directing "that atrocious movie" that could have been "a little bit better." It seems he just expected more from Mr. Depp, who Joyce felt seemed to be "auditioning for The Godfather" and should have done it with more "gusto. ... Rise to the camera, old trout!"

So was Depp's performance truly subpar? Guardian film critic Peter Bradshaw weighed in and bestowed just a single star. Depp and Heard's attempt at satire just doesn't work in his view, and as for Depp's acting prowess, "When [he] speaks, it is with a weird fake-sincere breathiness. 'Declare everything when you go to Australia...' he murmurs, almost inaudibly." Joyce, though, seems pleased overall. "At the end of it we've got a message that is going all around the world right now, it's going off like a frog in a sock telling people that if you come into this nation and you don't obey our laws, you're in trouble." Both Stephen Colbert (watch) and Jimmy Kimmel (watch) had plenty of fun with the video Monday night. (More Johnny Depp stories.)

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