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Johnny Depp & Amber Heard Actors On Why They Took Trial Movie Roles

The actors who play Johnny Depp and Amber Heard in Hot Take: The Depp/Heard Trial have explained why they agreed to take roles in the hotly debated film. The Depp/Heard trial was one of the biggest celebrity news events of the year, beginning with comments that Heard made in 2018 leading the public to believe that her ex-husband Depp had committed domestic abuse, which led to the actor losing roles in certain upcoming projects. He sued her for defamation in a widely publicized trial that caught the attention of many pop culture and true crime junkies across the nation. Four months ago, the trial concluded, with the jury siding with Depp in the proceedings.

Despite the trial only taking place a short time ago, Tubi has already produced a movie dramatizing the court case, which was released on their free streaming platform yesterday, September 30. The film, titled Hot Take, was directed by Grace and Frankie writer Sara Lohman from a screenplay by Late Night with Conan O’Brien’s Guy Nicolucci. American Horror Story and Bones actress Megan Davis took on the role of Heard, opposite Days of Our Lives star Mark Hapka as Depp.

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EW sat down to talk with the stars of the film following yesterday’s streaming premiere. The leads explained why they decided to take the roles in the controversial project, with Hapka explaining that he knew the risks involved in taking a role in Hot Take: The Depp/Heard Trial, saying that “if there was going to be any type of bias or sway to either side, then I really wasn’t interested.” Davis added that, despite how quickly the movie was made after the events, she and the crew were invested in “portraying [Heard] as a real human being and her truth as fairly as his truth.” Read their full quotes below:

Hapka: You have every right to be skeptical.
Davis: Listen, I was a little skeptical too when I first heard about it. It’s a topic you want to treat with such respect, and the problem I think with the trial is that people see themselves in both.
Hapka: When I was offered the role, it wasn’t necessarily a hell yes. It’s a risky role. I had questions. I got on the phone with our director and I spoke to our producer and wanted to find out what kind of movie they were going to make, because if there was going to be any type of bias or sway to either side, then I really wasn’t interested.
Davis: Everyone was very much a believer in portraying [Heard] as a real human being and her truth as fairly as his truth, and that made me feel comfortable even though it was such a short time frame.
Hapka: I knew this movie was getting made with or without me. Megan and I sat down and spoke together and she goes, “I’m going fully protect Amber, and you’re going to fully protect Johnny,” so in doing so, in that tug of war, we can find that balance and make sure everything stays as neutral as possible.
Davis: If anything, to be honest, it was more the vitriol that made me want to play her. because it breaks my heart when we can’t see that people are human beings.
Hapka: We expected every bit of backlash. This was such a moment in the cultural zeitgeist with so many layers, where each individual you ask will perceive this trial completely differently; there’s no objective truth to it, so I think that in that sense, I wasn’t too worried about it because I was just there to do my job, which was to bring authenticity to the testimonies and bring to life what was said by each person as a dramatization.

Is It Too Soon For A Johnny Depp & Amber Heard Movie?

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Many online have decried the film, saying that it is exploiting a trial that has already been exploited top to bottom. It has been argued that the nature of the trial’s connection to domestic violence, and the frequently shocking allegations from both sides made a circus out of what should be a private matter. Others argued that, given how both the people involved are public figures, open discussion of the trial is fair game. It appears that the release of Hot Take: The Depp/Heard Trial has exacerbated the opinion of both sides, though those who were in favor of witnessing the trial don’t seem overwhelmingly interested in revisiting it on streaming so soon after its conclusion.

As sensitive as both stars desired their portrayals to be in Hot Take: The Depp/Heard Trial, the film is now freely available and being tried in the court of public opinion. Although it is still listed as “in production” on IMDb and fans can’t share their feelings with a star rating there, it is currently open season on the film review social media site Letterboxd. There, the film has received an extremely low 1.8 out of 5, with many reviews decrying the release’s tone-deaf approach to a sensitive topic.

Source: EW

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‘I am officially off the market’: When Margot Robbie revealed she made the ‘conscious’ decision of not dating actors

Margot Robbie revealed her decision to not date actors because of the media scrutiny that came with a public relationship of two high-profile actors
Back in 2015, A-lister Margot Robbie made a declaration that she would not be dating any actors. The actress may have alluded to her fiance Tom Ackerley, who she married the following year in 2016. In an exclusive interview with Marie Claire, she revealed that being in a relationship as an actor herself came with its own set of challenges. She believed that dating someone who was popular would add on to the media scrutiny.

Margot Robbie opened up on why she made a conscious decision to not date actorsTalking to Marie Claire, she claimed, “I am officially off the market.” She then shared the reasoning behind her decision and added, “I made a conscious decision not to date actors.” She continued to explain, “But not because I hate actors. That’s a nasty generalization to make, and that’s not the case. People take such an interest in your love life when you have a profile, it puts a lot of stress on a relationship.”
The Barbie actress continued, “So two people with profiles, I figure it’s just double the amount of scrutiny, and I’d like to avoid that at all costs.” This came after reports of her locking lips with Tarzan co-star Alexander Skarsgard started making rounds. It was reported that she was caught kissing the actor during the Sundance Film Festival.

Margot Robbie revealed she opted for a minimal lifestyle even after becoming an actorIn the interview, Robbie also opened up about how she was adapting to fame. She shared, “I have a normal 24-year-old life. If I were a waitress, I’d probably have the exact same lifestyle. I’d go to the same clubs I go to already, live in the same house with the same housemates, hang out with the same people.”
However, Margot Robbie tied the knot with Tom Ackerley who is an English producer and actor. The duo met on the sets of 2013 movie Suite Francaise where Tom was working as an assistant director. Post marriage, both of them launched their production company LuckyChap Entertainment.

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Monica Bellucci and Tin Burton at lunch in the restaurant in Selci Lama

For All Saints’ Day, the Hollywood star from Tiferno returned to his native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and then visit his parentsOn the occasion of the All Saints’ Day celebrations, the Hollywood star of Tiferno origin, Monica Bellucci, returned to her native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and to visit her father Pasquale and her mother Brunella.Flanked by her current partner Tim Burton, she went to lunch, together with about twenty old friends, at the Osteria del Musicista, which has always been her favorite restaurant, in Selci Lama.Menu dedicated to typical dishes of the area, which includes an appetizer with breadsticks lined with coppa, duck in porchetta and grilled pork livers, polenta with wild boar sauce accompanied by the very typical cappelletti in broth.To conclude, a dessert based on fried “ciaccia” with Nutella and roasted chestnuts.
Having paid the bill and greeted the restaurant owner and lifelong friend, Roberto Polchi, Monica brought home cappelletti and broth for a family dinner.

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‘Rocky’ Was Quite Different In His Original Screenplay, Sylvester Stallone Claims

Sylvester Stallone took his friend’s advice on a rewrite of the original screenplay to Rocky. A few tweaks later, he was on his way to major success.
In the new Netflix documentary Sly, Stallone discussed how he initially conceived of the project, which had a much harder edge. In the early version, Rocky was depicted as a “thuggish” character, inspired by Martin Scorsese’s crime drama, Mean Streets.

But Stallone’s perspective changed when a friend read the script and thought the boxer was too cruel for audiences to actually care about him.
Stallone recalled her crying.

“She goes, ‘I hate Rocky. I hate him. He’s cruel. He hits people. He beats them up.’”
Stallone took it to heart, and asked what he could do to soften the character.

“I said, ‘what if you stop short of it?’ Like, maybe he almost did. He could have, that’s his job, but he doesn’t?’ ‘That’d be nice,’” he added. “I said, ‘What if he had a girlfriend or something?’ ‘Yeah, that’s nice.’ So I go back, start writing that: ‘Girlfriend. Nice.’”
$117 million in box office later, a franchise was born.

Stallone also revealed that actor Dolph Lundgren sent him to the hospital during one fight scene in Rocky IV.
“Dolph Lundgren… he pulverized me,” Stallone says in the documentary. “Later that night, my heart started to swell—which happens when the heart hits the chest—and then my blood pressure went up to 260, and they thought I was going to be talking to angels. Next thing I know, I’m in intensive care, where I’m surrounded by nuns, and I thought, ‘OK, that’s curtains.’”
Stallone was in the hospital for nine days following the incident, praying for “one more round.”
“For the first minute of the fight, it is going to be a free-for-all,” Stallone told Lundgren. The Swedish actor joked in a separate interview that all he did was “obey orders,” explaining, “[Stallone] was the boss. I did what he told me.”
Doctors allegedly told Stallone that he received a blow to the ribs that made his heart rattle around in his ribcage, a condition typically seen in head-on collisions. “I did hit a bus, of sorts,” Stallone joked.

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