When JK Rowling cast Johnny Depp in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them: The Crimes Of Grindelwald, Harry Potter fans threatened to boycott the franchise due to allegations of abuse against the actor. Now, co-star Ezra Miller has spoken out about how he felt about the controversy on set.
Following domestic abuse allegations made against Depp by ex-wife Amber Heard in 2016, JK Rowling and director David Yates made the decision not to recast for the role of Gellert Grindelwald.
The Harry Potter writer issued a statement in December 2017 explaining her decision, commenting that while the allegations against Depp “deeply concerned me”, she was sticking by him due to the fact he and Heard had settled their lawsuit outside of court, and released a joint statement.
“The agreements that have been put in place to protect the privacy of two people, both of whom have expressed a desire to get on with their lives, must be respected. Based on our understanding of the circumstances, the filmmakers and I are not only comfortable sticking with our original casting, but genuinely happy to have Johnny playing a major character in the movies.”
“I accept that there will be those who are not satisfied with our choice of actor in the title role. However, conscience isn’t governable by committee. Within the fictional world and outside it, we all have to do what we believe to be the right thing.”
Depp’s co star Ezra Miller, who plays Credence Barebones, has now spoken out about Johnny Depp’s controversial casting with Playboy, insisting the rest of the cast weren’t informed.
“No, none of us were consulted,” Miller revealed. “None of us knew.”
The actor was then asked about how he felt starring alongside Depp. “Look, I bring forth my work to this job, and I do the best that I can,” he said. “I would say that literally every single aspect of my reality, inclusive of a lot of things that are not fine with me, are fine with me. It’s amazing how far the banner of all good can extend.”
While Ezra’s sentiment seems fairly hard to decode, it seems the actor is essentially saying he did the best job he could, and attempted to spread positive vibes with his involvement in Fantastic Beasts regardless of what was going on elsewhere in the project.