On approximately Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, Johnny Depp’s career, 36, met its demise in London's High Court. The investigation of the incident is ongoing. According to various bodyguards, witnesses, bartenders, drug dealers, and one very-disgruntled ex, a whirlwind of reckless decisions has left the actor’s reputation in disarray. It was previously seen procuring a valiant performance in 2020’s Minamata and attempting a starring role in the Houdini TV series— the recent libel ruling has made this casting untenable (and Disney has blocked Depp’s return to the Pirates franchise).
The dying wish of Depp’s career, to be cannon-balled into the sky (similar to what Depp arranged for Hunter S. Thompson), is still pending. Resurrection isn’t impossible. While Depp might not be in any major blockbuster for a time, fan support for him is overwhelming—petitions and Twitter campaigns, oh my. Also, Depp's defamation suit against Heard is still in play. Recordings incriminating Heard (as the abuser), as well as general confusion, bias, a multitude of personalities, and manipulative PR teams have made an exhausted public ambivalent. Like the utterance mentioned at the beginning of this article, the truth has been passed around so many times, we don’t even know from whence it came. If Depp’s career has come to a close, we raise a bottle of rum to that which has inspired and entertained so many. “Drink up me hearties, yo ho...”