Almost exactly a year ago, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard found themselves at the heart of an international scandal that could be best be described as “Terriergate.” That is, the the couple smuggled their two dogs, Pistol and Boo, into Australia while Depp filmed the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film that is still happening. This was, of course, a big no-no and a violation of the country’s strict quarantine laws. After plenty of finger wagging and legal charges (to which Heard pleaded guilty) for failing to declare their possibly disease-infested canines, the couple recorded an apology video in April.
Actually, Depp and Heard starred in a joint performance known as the most uncomfortable apology in recent memory. The video earned Heard a good behaviour bond, and Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce shared the video on social media. However, the internet couldn’t figure out if these two were clowning or awkwardly sincere. Were they poorly acting or faking a bad performance? Heard appeared to be giving the apology her best shot, but Depp’s intent seemed less clear, as he’s a hard one to read.
Well, the enigmatic actor let his true feelings shine through while promoting Alice Through the Looking Glass in London. During a Sunday press conference, Depp derailed the conversation to make fun of his apology video:
“I’m going to do this everywhere I go. I really would like to apologize for not smuggling my dogs into England because it would have been a bad thing to do … Because the Australians, a little chipper. I tried to kill them after Australia.”
In response to this speech, the rest of the Alice panel giggled with discomfort. This isn’t the first time Depp went hyperbolic and joked about killing the dogs to illustrate what he sees as an absurd law. He’s mocking himself, but more tellingly, he’s hitting out at the Australian government. Depp seems to be bothered by being used as an example, and he’s not letting it go.