Oscar-winning actor Sir Mark Rylance said Johnny Depp’s refusal to abuse his ex-wife was “entirely believable.”
Sir Mark told The Times that Amber Heard’s accusations against Depp were inconsistent with the “character” of the Pirates of the Caribbean star.
Depp, 57, is awaiting judgment from the High Court in a libel action against The Sun newspaper for an article that calls him a “wife beater.”
Heard, 34, who met Depp while filming The Rum Diary in 2011, told the court her ex-husband subjected her to a campaign of abuse.
Depp denies the allegations and says his ex-wife was violent towards him.
Sir Mark Rylance and Johnny Depp pose during a photocall to present the film Waiting for the Barbarians at the 45th Deauville American Film Festival on September 8, 2019 in Deauville, France
Sir Mark, 60, who stars alongside Depp in the new movie Waiting for the Barbarians, told The Times: “My impression of him was a very loving, very sensitive and very trustworthy person. “
He added that Depp was “intensely, intensely, shy.”
“The charges that existed when we were making the movie were of physical abuse,” Rylance told the newspaper.
And he obviously denied that and I found his denial completely believable. It didn’t seem like part of her character at all.
Rylance plays a magistrate in an unnamed colonial outpost seeking easy retirement in the film adaptation of JM Coetzee’s 1980 novel of the same name.
He begins to wonder where his loyalty really lies with the arrival of the sinister Colonel Joll, played by Depp.
Amber Heard, 34, leaves the High Court in London, Britain July 28, 2020
Earlier this week, Rylance told the Radio Times: “With these stars you read things, you hear things and I wasn’t sure what it would be, if it would be conceited, broken or broken by them. things he’s gone. through. But it wasn’t like that at all.
“I’ve never, never heard him say a bad word about anyone. All of her stories are loving and fun.
Depp, who testified for days in the High Court in July, is already suing Heard for $ 50 million in the United States for a column she wrote for the Washington Post in December 2018.
Although the article does not mention Depp by name, Heard has described himself as “a public figure representing domestic violence” – which his lawyers say had the effect of falsely portraying him as violent.