Johnny Depp: Rolling Stone profile latest sign actor is PR liability

Johnny Depp’s bad boy persona used to help sell the movies he made. He was a real life Capt. Jack Sparrow, who could hit the press circuit armed with a few rococo anecdotes, delivered with a rock ‘n roll edge in between drags of freshly rolled cigarettes. His act was charming and his mystique undeniable.

No longer. A new Rolling Stone profile of the actor compares Depp’s current, debauched existence to Elvis’s last, drug-fueled days. It left readers and people in Hollywood alarmed with its portrayal of Depp, a 55-year old man, drinking goblet after goblet of vintage red wine, smoking hash, and, it is heavily implied, partaking in even stronger substances, all while cordoned off in a gated mansion that leaves him cut off from reality.

Studios still in business with the actor were poring over the profile this morning, assessing what — if any — fallout there would be from the piece. At a minimum, it’s a major distraction for the backers of Depp’s upcoming films — a list that includes Global Road’s September crime drama “City of Lies” and Warner Bros. big-budget “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.” Spokespeople for both studios declined to comment, and a spokesperson for Depp did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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American actors Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder walk and hold hands as they attend an event, circa 1990. (Photo by Darlene Hammond/Getty Images)
Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder looking out window in a scene from the film 'Edward Scissorhands', 1990. (Photo by 20th Century-Fox/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - FEBRUARY 8: Actor Johnny Depp and actress Winona Ryder attend the 1990 NATO/ShoWest Convention on February 8, 1990 at Bally's Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. (photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
LAS VEGAS - FEBRUARY 8: Actor Johnny Depp and actress Winona Ryder attend the 1990 NATO/ShoWest Convention on February 8, 1990 at Bally's Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. (photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - JUNE 14: Actor Johnny Depp and actress Winona Ryder on June 14, 1990 arrive at the Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California. (photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder (Photo by Kevin Mazur Archive/WireImage)
Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder in Los Angeles, California (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
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Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder during 'Pacific Heights' Los Angeles Premiere at Avco Westwood Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, United States. (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
Winona Ryder & Johnny Depp in Los Angeles, California (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder at the The Academy in Beverly Hills, California (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS,CA - DECEMBER 10: Actress Winona Ryder and actor Johnny Depp attend the 'Mermaids' Beverly Hills Premiere on December 10, 1990 at the Academy Theatre in Beverly Hills, California. (photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
CENTURY CITY,CA - FEBRUARY 1: Actress Winona Ryder and actor Johnny Depp attend 'The Silence of the Lambs' Century City Premiere on February 1, 1991 at Cineplex Odeon Century Plaza Cinemas in Century City, California. (photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 22: Actor Daniel Day-Lewis, actress Winona Ryder and actor Johnny Depp on February 22, 1992 arrive at the Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California. (photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
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The truth is that even before the Rolling Stone article hit stands, Depp has been widely viewed as a liability. He is out of step with the #MeToo and Time’s Up moment after being accused by ex-wife Amber Heard of domestic assault. The backlash to those allegations has been so intense that J.K. Rowling felt moved to defend casting the actor in “Fantastic Beasts” nearly a year before the film even hit theaters.

“Based on our understanding of the circumstances, the film-makers and I are not only comfortable sticking with our original casting but genuinely happy to have Johnny playing a major character in the movies,” Rowling said in a statement.

And his legal battle with his former business managers has laid bare embarrassing spending details and, worse yet, exposed him as an actor in desperate need of paycheck roles to fund a lifestyle he can no longer afford. Studios want Depp to share a few choice on-set memories, not expose him to a grilling about his stormy personal life.

“His baggage is a huge concern,” said Jeff Bock, a box office analyst with Exhibitor Relations. “Part of the reason to hire an A-list actor is so they can hit the talk show circuit and travel around the world promoting a film. That might not be possible now.”

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 19: Actors Johnny Depp (L) and Amber Heard attend the UK Premiere of 'Mortdecai' at Empire Leicester Square on January 19, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 19: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard attend the UK Premiere of 'Mortdecai' at Empire Leicester Square on January 19, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are married!The lavish island wedding is still to come, but People reports that The Rum Diary co-stars made it official Tuesday, marrying each other at their home in Los Angeles.People reports that Depp, 51, and Heard, 28, signed the papers to become man and wife in advance of their ceremony this weekend on Depp's private island in the Bahamas.The couple got engaged over the holidays in 2012 after meeting on the set of The Rum Diary in 2011.
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 19: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard attend the UK Premiere of 'Mortdecai' at Empire Leicester Square on January 19, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 19: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard attend the UK Premiere of 'Mortdecai' at Empire Leicester Square on January 19, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 19: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard attend the UK Premiere of 'Mortdecai' at Empire Leicester Square on January 19, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
US actor Johnny Depp (L), accompanied by his fiancee US actress and model Amber Heard (R), arrive at Tokyo International Airport on January 26, 2015 for the Japan premiere of his latest movie 'Mortdecai'. The action comedy movie will be screened in Japan from February 6. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
US actress and model Amber Heard, accompanied by her fiance US actor Johnny Depp (unseen), arrives at Tokyo International Airport on January 26, 2015 for the Japan premiere of his latest movie 'Mortdecai'. The action comedy movie will be screened in Japan from February 6. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 19: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard attend the UK Premiere of 'Mortdecai' at Empire Leicester Square on January 19, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 19: (EDITORS NOTE: Retransmission of #461785548 with alternate crop.) Johnny Depp and Amber Heard attend the UK Premiere of 'Mortdecai' at Empire Leicester Square on January 19, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
US actor Johnny Depp (L) jokes with fiancee US actress and model Amber Heard (R) as they arrive for the UK premiere of the film 'Mortdecai' in London on January 19, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 19: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard attend the UK Premiere of 'Mortdecai' at Empire Leicester Square on January 19, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are seen at 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on January 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 10: Actor Johnny Depp and actress Amber Heard arrive at The Art Of Elysium 8th Annual Heaven Gala at Hangar 8 on January 10, 2015 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 10: (L-R) Johnny Depp and Amber Heard attend the Art of Elysium and Samsung Galaxy Marina Abramovic's HEAVEN Gala at Hangar 8 on January 10, 2015 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 10: Honoree Amber Heard (L) and actor Johnny Depp attend the 8th Annual HEAVEN Gala presented by Art of Elysium and Samsung Galaxy at Hangar 8 on January 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Art of Elysium)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 10: Actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard attend the 8th Annual HEAVEN Gala presented by Art of Elysium and Samsung Galaxy at Hangar 8 on January 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Art of Elysium)
TOKYO, JAPAN - JANUARY 26: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are seen upon arrival at Haneda Airport on January 26, 2015 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/GC Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - JANUARY 26: Amber Heard is seen upon arrival at Haneda Airport on January 26, 2015 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/GC Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 10: Actors Johnny Depp (L) and Amber Heard attend the The Art Of Elysium 8th Annual Heaven Gala at Hangar 8 on January 10, 2015 in Santa Monica, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 10: Actor Johnny Depp and actress Amber Heard arrive at The Art Of Elysium 8th Annual Heaven Gala at Hangar 8 on January 10, 2015 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are seen at 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on January 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 10: Honoree Amber Heard (L) and actor Johnny Depp attend the 8th Annual HEAVEN Gala presented by Art of Elysium and Samsung Galaxy at Hangar 8 on January 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Art of Elysium)
Actor Johnny Depp attends the cast of 'Benny & Joon' present Planet Hollywood with memorabilias from the film on March 22, 1993 at Planet Hollywood, California.
BEVERLY HILLS,CA - MARCH 25: Actor Johnny Depp attends the 'Benny & Joon' Beverly Hills Premiere on March 25, 1993 at the WGA Theatre in Beverly Hills, California. (photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 01: Johnny Depp and Guest (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
1988 File Photo of Johnny Depp at the Nosotros Benefit in Los Angeles, California taken May 13, 1988 in Los Angeles, California (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
Nicolas Cage & Johnny Depp (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
Actor Johnny Depp attends the 18th Annual Los Angeles Police/Celebrity Golf Tournament on May 14, 1988 at Rancho Park Golf Course in Los Angeles, California.
SHERMAN OAKS,CA - DECEMBER 13: Actor Dustin Nguyen, actor Johnny Depp and actor Peter DeLuise attend the FOX Television Stars Feed the Homeless on December 13, 1987 at Sherman Oaks Galleria in Sherman Oaks, California. (photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
POMPANO BEACH, FL - AUGUST 29: Johnny Depp greets fans after performing as part of the Sheila Witkin Memorial Reunion Concert at Club Cinema on August 29, 2008 in Pompano Beach, Florida. (Photo by Mike Franklin/FilmMagic)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 22: Matthew Perry and Johnny Depp in New York to promote their first network series on the Fox Network in 1987 (Photo by Vinnie Zuffante/Getty Images)
LONDON - JANUARY 10: Johnny Depp attends the Sweeney Todd film premiere held at the Odeon Leicester Square on January 10, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 10: Johnny Depp; Amber Heard attend the The Art Of Elysium 8th Annual Heaven Gala at Hangar 8 on January 10, 2015 in Santa Monica, California.(Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 10: Actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard arrive at The Art Of Elysium's 8th Annual Heaven Gala at Hangar 8 on January 10, 2015 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 10: Honoree Amber Heard (L) and actor Johnny Depp attend the 8th Annual HEAVEN Gala presented by Art of Elysium and Samsung Galaxy at Hangar 8 on January 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Art of Elysium)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 10: Actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard arrive at The Art Of Elysium's 8th Annual Heaven Gala at Hangar 8 on January 10, 2015 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 10: Honoree Amber Heard (L) and actor Johnny Depp attend the 8th Annual HEAVEN Gala presented by Art of Elysium and Samsung Galaxy at Hangar 8 on January 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Art of Elysium)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 10: Actor Johnny Depp (L) presents the Spirit of Elysium award to honoree Amber Heard during the 8th Annual HEAVEN Gala presented by Art of Elysium and Samsung Galaxy at Hangar 8 on January 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Art of Elysium)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard attend the 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard attend the 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard attend the 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Actor Johnny Depp (L) and his fiancee actress Amber Heard arrive at the premiere of Relativity Media's '3 Days To Kill' at the Arclight Theatre on February 12, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard arrives at the '3 Days To Kill' at ArcLight Cinemas on February 12, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Actor Johnny Depp kisses actress Amber Heard as they attend the US premiere of '3 Days To Kill,' at Arclight Cinemas, February 12, 2014 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Actor Johnny Depp and actress Amber Heard attend the US premiere of '3 Days To Kill,' at Arclight Cinemas, February 12, 2014 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
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It also means that Depp’s co-stars will now have to deflect questions about the actor’s behavior when they go out to talk up the films.

The Rolling Stone story may have set off alarms, but an individual with knowledge of the “Fantastic Beasts” production said the portrait it presented of a zonked out movie star was not in keeping with Depp’s on-set behavior. He was on time, knew his lines, and was courteous to cast and crew.

It is also true that unlike indefatigable promoters such as Tom Cruise and Will Smith, Depp tends to be more sparing in his press appearances. He will traditionally only do a few magazine profiles, often with favored outlets such as Vanity Fair, and a handful of on-camera interviews.

Depp isn’t the only actor whose off-screen behavior is causing headaches for studios these days. Vertical Entertainment is moving ahead with the August release of “Billionaire Boys Club,” despite the presence of Kevin Spacey, an actor accused of harassing and assaulting several men, some of whom were underage.

Amazon still has to figure out what to do with “A Rainy Day in New York,” an upcoming Woody Allen movie. The director has become toxic as allegations that he assaulted his daughter, Dylan Farrow, have received more media coverage since Hollywood has been battling an industry-wide sexual harassment crisis. Several of the films stars, a group that includes Timothée Chalamet and Rebecca Hall, have donated their salaries to charity and expressed regret for working on the film. Amazon has yet to announce a release date for the picture, which doesn’t seem like a show of confidence.

And earlier this week, Peter Fonda attracted a wave of bad publicity after tweeting that Barron Trump should be ripped from his mother’s arm while calling out the Trump administration’s family separation policy. Sony Pictures Classics, the distributor of Fonda’s next film “Boundaries,” said it had no plans to delay or cancel the movie’s debut this weekend, but it did denounce his comments.

Depp plays the lead role in “City of Lies,” a drama about the murders of Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G., so he’s front-and-center in the marketing material. “Fantastic Beasts,” however, is another story. Because Depp plays a villainous supporting role, the studio never planned for him to be heavily involved in hawking the film. Trailers and posters don’t exactly hide Depp’s involvement, but they don’t trumpet it either. Warner Bros. hasn’t ruled out asking the actor to participate in interviews for the film, but nothing definitive has been set in place.  He is also intended to be a part of the third “Fantastic Beasts” film, but that could theoretically change because Rowling has yet to deliver the script.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 02: Johnny Depp attends the 'Murder On The Orient Express' World Premiere held at Royal Albert Hall on November 2, 2017 in London, England.(Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 02: Johnny Depp attends the 'Murder On The Orient Express' World Premiere at Royal Albert Hall on November 2, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Johnny Depp appearing on the Graham Norton Show filmed at the London Studios, London. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 24: Johnny Depp sits at the side of the Pyramid Stage watching 'Run The Jewels' perform on day 3 of the Glastonbury Festival 2017 at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 24, 2017 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Johnny Depp attends day 1 of the Glastonbury Festival 2017 at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 22, 2017 in Glastonbury, England.
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 22: Johnny Depp indruduces a screening of 'The Libertine' film at the Cineramageddon cinema on day 1 of the Glastonbury Festival 2017 at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 22, 2017 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - JUNE 20 : Actor Johnny Depp attends the Japan Premiere of Pirates Of Caribbean - Dead Men Tell No Tales - in Tokyo, Japan on June 20, 2017 (Photo by David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
US actor Johnny Depp leaves after a promotional event for the film 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' in Tokyo on June 20, 2017. The film opens in Japan on July 1. / AFP PHOTO / Kazuhiro NOGI (Photo credit should read KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)
US actor Johnny Depp arrives in Japan to take part in promotional events for the Disney movie 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' at Tokyo's Haneda Airport on June 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Kazuhiro NOGI (Photo credit should read KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - JUNE 19: Johnny Depp is seen upon arrival at Haneda Airport on June 19, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/GC Images,)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 18: Johnny Depp arrives at the Premiere Of Disney's 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' at Dolby Theatre on May 18, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 18: Johnny Depp arrives at the Premiere Of Disney's 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' at Dolby Theatre on May 18, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE - 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' airs every weeknight at 11:35 p.m. EST and features a diverse lineup of guests that includes celebrities, athletes, musical acts, comedians and human-interest subjects, along with comedy bits and a house band. The guests for Thursday, May 18 included Johnny Depp ('Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales'), Science Bob Pflugfelder, musical guest Linkin Park and Ann Wilson sitting in with Cleto and The Cletones. (Randy Holmes via Getty Images) JOHNNY DEPP, JIMMY KIMMEL
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 18: Johnny Depp is seen greeting fans at the premiere of 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' on May 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 18: Actor Johnny Depp attends the premiere of Disney's 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' at Dolby Theatre on May 18, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 14: PARIS, MAY 14: Johnny Depp attends the European Premiere to celebrate the release of Disney's 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge' at Disneyland Paris on May 14, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Kristy Sparow/Getty Images for Disney)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Actor Johnny Depp accepts the Favorite Movie Icon Award onstage during the People's Choice Awards 2017 at Microsoft Theater on January 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Actor Johnny Depp accepts the Favorite Movie Icon award onstage during the People's Choice Awards 2017 at Microsoft Theater on January 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for People's Choice Awards)
TOKYO, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 11: Johnny Depp attends the red carpet for the Classic Rock Awards at Ryogoku Kokugikan on November 11, 2016 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 23: Actor Johnny Depp attends the premiere of Disney's 'Alice Through The Looking Glass' at the El Capitan Theatre on May 23, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Boardman/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 23: Johnny Depp attends the premiere Of Disney's 'Alice Through The Looking Glass' at the El Capitan Theatre on May 23, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 23: Actor Johnny Depp arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere 'Alice Through The Looking Glass' at the El Capitan Theatre on May 23, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: Johnny Depp attends the European Premiere of 'Alice Through The Looking Glass' at Odeon Leicester Square on May 10, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: (L to R) Mia Wasikowska, Sacha Baron Cohen and Johnny Depp attend the European Premiere of 'Alice Through The Looking Glass' at Odeon Leicester Square on May 10, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage)
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard pictured on arrival to Southport Magistrates Court on April 18, 2016 in Southport, Queensland.
US actor Johnny Depp gestures during his photo call in Tokyo on January 28 2015. Depp attended the Japan premiere of his latest action comedy movie 'Mortdecai' on January 27 which will be screened in Japan from February 6. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA (Photo credit should read TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 2: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) American actor Johnny Depp, dressed as 'Captain Jack Sparrow', greets locals at Cleveland in Redland City, Queensland, after a day of filming 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales'. (Photo by Peter Wallis/Newspix/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 21: Actor Johnny Depp attends the premiere of Lionsgate's 'Mortdecai' at TCL Chinese Theatre on January 21, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
LONDON - JANUARY 10: Johnny Depp attends the Sweeney Todd film premiere held at the Odeon Leicester Square on January 10, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/WireImage)
POMPANO BEACH, FL - AUGUST 29: Johnny Depp greets fans after performing as part of the Sheila Witkin Memorial Reunion Concert at Club Cinema on August 29, 2008 in Pompano Beach, Florida. (Photo by Mike Franklin/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD - FEBRUARY 24: Actor Johnny Depp and singer Vanessa Paradis attends the 80th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre on February 24, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
FRANCE - MAY 10: Festival of Cannes 97: Walking up the red-carpeted steps for 'The brave' in Cannes, France on May 10, 1997 - Kate Moss, Johnny Depp. (Photo by Pool APESTEGUY/BENAINOUS/DUCLOS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Johnny Depp and Kate Moss during 'Donnie Brasco' Premiere at Century City Cineplex Odeon Cinemas in Century City, California, United States. (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
Actor Johnny Depp (R) kissing girlfriend, supermodel Kate Moss (L). (Photo by Rose Hartman/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
Actor Johnny Depp attends the cast of 'Benny & Joon' present Planet Hollywood with memorabilias from the film on March 22, 1993 at Planet Hollywood, California.
BEVERLY HILLS,CA - MARCH 25: Actor Johnny Depp attends the 'Benny & Joon' Beverly Hills Premiere on March 25, 1993 at the WGA Theatre in Beverly Hills, California. (photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
CENTURY CITY,CA - FEBRUARY 1: Actress Winona Ryder and actor Johnny Depp attend 'The Silence of the Lambs' Century City Premiere on February 1, 1991 at Cineplex Odeon Century Plaza Cinemas in Century City, California. (photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actors Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder. (Photo by Time Life Pictures/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 01: Johnny Depp and Guest (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
1995 file photo of Johnny Depp & Kate Moss (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
1988 File Photo of Johnny Depp at the Nosotros Benefit in Los Angeles, California taken May 13, 1988 in Los Angeles, California (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
Nicolas Cage & Johnny Depp (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
Actor Johnny Depp attends the 18th Annual Los Angeles Police/Celebrity Golf Tournament on May 14, 1988 at Rancho Park Golf Course in Los Angeles, California.
SHERMAN OAKS,CA - DECEMBER 13: Actor Dustin Nguyen, actor Johnny Depp and actor Peter DeLuise attend the FOX Television Stars Feed the Homeless on December 13, 1987 at Sherman Oaks Galleria in Sherman Oaks, California. (photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - FEBRUARY 24: Actor Johnny Depp and singer Vanessa Paradis attend the 80th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre on February 24, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 22: Matthew Perry and Johnny Depp in New York to promote their first network series on the Fox Network in 1987 (Photo by Vinnie Zuffante/Getty Images)
Johnny Depp and his girlfriend Vanessa Paradis arrive for the Los Angeles premiere of the movie 'Sleepy Hollow' November 17, 1999. (Photo by Brenda Chase/Online USA/Newsmakers)
HERBORN, GERMANY - MAY 29: Actor/Musician Johnny Depp of Hollywood Vampires performs onstage at Hessentags-Arena during the 56th Hessentag on May 29, 2016 in Herborn, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
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Depp’s other forthcoming big-budget movie, “The Invisible Man,” appears to be stuck in development limbo. It was intended to be part of an effort to relaunch Universal’s iconic movie monsters, but those plans had to be reworked after the first film in that proposed cinematic universe, 2017’s “The Mummy,” bombed at the box office.

The Rolling Stone story, which portrays Depp engaging in a deeply unhealthy lifestyle, could potentially lead to trouble with insurance companies that bond the actor’s productions. Actors such as Robert Downey Jr., who famously struggled with drug and alcohol addiction, had insurance headaches before cleaning up their acts. Of course, Downey’s drug problems landed him in prison, making his issues more extreme.

All of these Depp-related headaches come while the actor’s box office powers appear to be waning. Recent Depp vehicles such as “Black Mass” and “Alice Through the Looking Glass” were financial duds, and last summer’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” was the second-lowest grossing film in the franchise.

That may be Depp’s biggest crime. Hollywood can accept almost anything, except for failure.

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