There may be more trouble for the producers of “Pirates of the Caribbean 5” as reports suggest that Johnny Depp may be heading back to the U.S. Shooting on the big budget movie is currently taking place along the Gold Coast in Australia.
Production suffered a slight setback previously when Depp suffered an injury and had to fly back to the U.S. Now a report by Gold Coast Bulletin suggests that the actor is looking to hire the “first available private charter flight” and head back to the U.S. again.
Depp is said to be flying back to “salvage his marriage” with Amber Heard, whom he married in February. According to the report, producers had stopped Heard from visiting the set because of the couple’s “constant fighting.”
The actor was apparently supposed to film key scenes for “Pirates of the Caribbean 5,” but reportedly left before shooting began. The producers put “plan B” into action, according to the report, and body doubles and stand-ins may have been used to film the scenes. The scenes were said to be involving the Black Pearl pirate ship.
The report also states that when Depp’s dogs were made to leave Australia earlier, due to the actor’s failure to declare them to customs, he was scheduled to leave with them to the U.S. He apparently changed his plans after the film's producers stepped in. Production problems are said to have led the movie go over budget by about $70 million.
According to a report by the Sydney Morning Herald, publicist Michael Singer has stated that reports about Depp leaving Australia because of marital troubles are not true. The publicist reportedly said that the actor was “filming on schedule” and that it was “business as usual” on the sets of the movie. The publicist did not, however, confirm whether or not the actor will be leaving anytime soon.
The report points out that Depp's daughter, Lily-Rose Depp, turns 16 next week and he may be traveling back to the U.S. to be with his family at that time. The producers are said to have factored this absence of the actor into the “Pirates of the Caribbean 5” production schedule.