Johnny Depp can’t stop, won’t stop joking about his “legal troubles” in Australia concerning his alleged dog smuggling incident earlier this year.
The Black Mass actor spoke about his and his wife Amber Heard‘s Yorkshire terriers, who were personally ordered out of Australia by Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce in May, with Jimmy Kimmel. The late-night host asked, “You and your wife got into some legal trouble. Is that a fair way to describe it?”
I mean, if that’s legal trouble, it’s by far the most interesting I’ve ever experienced.
We were under the impression we had all the paperwork done for the dogs. We were there with the dogs in front of everybody. There might have been other things smuggled. They seemed to miss that bit.
The audience laughed. Kimmel then showed a video clip of Joyce at a press conference, putting Depp “aka Jack Sparrow” on blast for sneaking in two dogs without proper permits. In the video, Joyce then announces either the dogs were to be taken back to California, or euthanized. He not only referred to Depp as Jack Sparrow, but also as the “Sexiest Man Alive,” ‘cuz you know, for relevancy.
Depp chuckled, “Maybe he’s just doing his job,” adding,
This sort of weird sweaty … gutman who decided that two … 5 inch, 6 inch teacup Yorkshire terriers would harm the country in some way — he’s got a point. Especially when you consider that Australia has the most poisonous creatures on Earth. Everything will kill you within minutes.
Depp was in Australia filming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
Heard ultimately took the fall for this dog smuggling activity, so perhaps that’s why Depp is so cavalier about the whole thing. Last week at the Venice International Film Festival, Depp also joked at a press conference, “I killed my dogs and ate them under direct orders from some kind of, I don’t know, sweaty, big-gutted man from Australia.”
The actor also discussed his new movie Black Mass, in which he plays famed gangster Whitey Bulger:
Black Mass comes out Sept. 18.