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Johnny Depp Can’t Take Over Grindelwald Again In Fantastic Beasts 4

Despite calls for Warner Bros. to bring back Johnny Depp’s Grindelwald for Fantastic Beasts 4, the actor shouldn’t ever return to the franchise. Compared to the colossal success of the Harry Potter franchise, the spin-off Fantastic Beasts prequels have been somewhat disappointing. Set decades before the events of Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts follows magizoologist Newt Scamander and a much younger Albus Dumbledore as they contend with the infamous dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald.

As well as being less successful than its predecessor, the Fantastic Beasts franchise has had a particularly turbulent run of movies. In the space of a single trilogy of films, Fantastic Beasts has seen three separate actors play its antagonist, with only one of the changes acknowledged in the movies themselves. Initially, the role was played by Colin Farrell, who was revealed at the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as Grindelwald in disguise, setting up Johnny Depp as the undisguised Grindelwald. Depp played the role in the second installment, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, but was replaced by Mads Mikkelsen for the third entry into the franchise, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore.

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Though Mikkelsen has commented on Depp’s Fantastic Beasts return with the most diplomatic answer imaginable, the idea of the actor returning is a bad one. As his dismissal from the franchise resulted from his then-ongoing legal troubles with his ex-wife Amber Heard, the culmination of his defamation trial (which was ruled in his favor) has prompted speculation that he may be brought back for Fantastic Beasts 4. Yet there are several reasons that Depp’s return isn’t what’s best for the franchise, even though he’s now seemingly free to do so.

Fantastic Beasts Was Right To Recast Johnny Depp

Mads Mikkelsen and Johnny Depp as Grindelwald

As Depp’s defamation trial was ruled in his favor, many believe that Warner Bros. should welcome the actor back as a result of what is considered by some to have been a wrongful dismissal. However, the reason Grindelwald’s role was recast is far more complicated than simply attributing it to Depp’s legal battle with Amber Heard. In fact, Depp’s well-documented personal struggles predate his role in the Fantastic Beasts franchise by many years, and Warner Bros. acted in line with what appeared to be public sentiment at the time.

Though this has since been clarified as a much more complex issue, the reasons that Warner Bros. initially recast the role were sound. Depp wasn’t fired but instead asked to step down due to negative publicity, and he obliged – a key distinction because it makes the recasting much more amicable than many consider it to have been. Recasting Johhny Depp to avoid the negative publicity of his then-ongoing legal troubles is much more morally sound than firing the actor without any evidence of wrongdoing, and given that the legal battle didn’t conclude until after Secrets of Dumbledore’s release, it was ultimately the right choice.

Depp Returning As Grindelwald Would Make Fantastic Beasts 4 Too Controversial

Johnny Depp as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts

The question over whether Depp should return for Fantastic Beasts 4 fails to take one important element of his defamation trial into account. Though the case was ruled in Depp’s favor, the actor remains a controversial figure. It’s important to note that the case wasn’t intended to directly clear Depp of any wrongdoing but simply to determine whether he had been defamed with false allegations. This allows the debate over Depp’s personal life and character to continue, meaning that he’s still a potentially risky casting, as his return could spark backlash.

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What’s more, Depp’s return would potentially be a mistake for Warner Bros. for another reason entirely. Recasting the role of Grindelwald was seen at the time to be something of a condemnation of Depp amid his legal battle, and though his troubles are seemingly over, backtracking on the earlier decision isn’t a good look for the studio. Bringing Depp back would open Warner Bros. up to even greater criticisms: those who support the idea could claim that the studio is capitalizing on Depp’s victory after previously abandoning him, while those against his return would still potentially cite the allegations leveled against him. Ultimately, bringing Depp back would be far too controversial on all fronts, and that would only harm Fantastic Beasts 4.

Mads Mikkelsen Is A Better Grindelwald Than Johnny Depp (& Deserves More Movies)

Can Johnny Depp Return As Grindelwald For Fantastic Beasts 4 Mads Mikkelsen Answers

Another reason that Depp’s return shouldn’t happen is that Mikkelsen’s Grindelwald is simply better in comparison. Where Depp’s version of the villain was overly cartoonish and outlandishly evil, Mikkelsen’s was more nuanced and subtle. Mikkelsen’s performance lent an added depth to the character that made him a far more intriguing antagonist because he filled the role much more convincingly. Mikkelsen’s Grindelwald was dark and charismatic, and it was far more plausible for him to amass a loyal following in the Wizarding World (as opposed to Depp’s more blatantly evil villain).

As Mads Mikkelsen’s Grindelwald is the superior iteration, it’s clear which should return. Crimes of Grindelwald seemed to explore the full depth of Depp’s version of the character, whereas Secrets of Dumbledore barely scratched the surface of Mikkelsen’s, making far more sense for the latter to return for a sequel. Mads Mikkelsen’s different Grindelwald made a far more convincing and compelling character, and pushing him out in favor of Depp’s return would insult the actor’s excellent performance in Secrets of Dumbledore.

Would WB Ever Seriously Consider Bringing Depp Back For Fantastic Beasts 4?

Johnny Depp and Mads Mikkelsen as Gellert Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts

It’s not entirely clear whether Warner Bros. is considering Depp’s return for Fantastic Beasts 4, and it’s unlikely that the notion would be seriously entertained. As his replacement proved to be such a good fit for the role, it’s unlikely that Fantastic Beasts 4 will bring Johnny Depp back, particularly as it would be an incredibly controversial choice. However, as The Secrets of Dumbledore was a considerable disappointment, the real question becomes whether or not there will even be a Fantastic Beasts 4 at all.

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With significant issues plaguing the franchise, Fantastic Beasts 4 would have much to fix. The poor reception of the Fantastic Beasts movies may well mean that Fantastic Beasts 4 is abandoned entirely, and therefore whether Depp will return could prove to be a moot point. This makes Johnny Depp’s return for Fantastic Beasts 4 incredibly unlikely, mostly because it would simply be far better if Mikkelsen remained in the role.

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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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