Johnny Depp Jokes About Killing Trump

'When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 23, 2017 1:17 AM CDT
Johnny Depp greets fans at the Glastonbury music festival in Somerset, England, Thursday, June 22, 2017.   (Photo by Grant Pollard/Invision/AP)
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(Newser) – Johnny Depp is in England, but the Secret Service might want to chat with him when he returns to the US: The actor joked about assassinating President Trump to a crowd at the Glastonbury festival Thursday night, the Guardian reports. Depp starting discussing the president while taking questions from the audience after introducing his 2004 movie The Libertine at the festival's on-site drive-in cinema. "I think he needs help and there are a lot of wonderful dark, dark places he could go," Depp said. "This is going to be in the press and it'll be horrible. But I like that you are all part of it," he told the cheering crowd. "When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?"

"I want to clarify: I'm not an actor," Depp added. "I lie for a living. However, it's been a while. Maybe it's about time." The Los Angeles Times notes that an actor last assassinated a president 152 years ago, when John Wilkes Booth shot Abraham Lincoln. ABC reports that the Secret Service says it is aware of Depp's comments, though there has been no comment yet from either the White House or Depp's publicist. (Depp, who played the president in a "Funny or Die" biopic last year, has suggested that he could be Saturday Night Live's next Trump.)

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