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Johnny Depp says he’d play Jack Sparrow at kids parties ‘at this point’ amid messy lawsuit

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Johnny Depp says he’d happily dress-up as Captain Jack Sparrow at children’s parties “at this point”, for a chance to reprise his role amid a messy Hollywood defamation suit.

The star has been on the bad terms with Hollywood ever since he lost his libel case against The Sun, over an article that had referred to Depp as a “wife-beater” in relation to his relationship with ex-wife Amber Heard.

Depp first protrayed Sparrow in 2003, for the first film of the Pirates of the Carribean franchise. (Walt Disney Studios)

At the San Sebastian Film Festival this week, Depp, 58, reflected on his quirky character, which he first portrayed in 2003, in the franchise’s first film.

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“The beauty of Captain Jack Sparrow for me is that I can travel with Captain Jack in a box, literally Captain Jack in a box,” Depp said.

READ MORE: Johnny Depp addresses ‘cancel culture’: ‘No one is safe. Not one of you’

“…When the opportunity is right I’m able to go and visit people and places where the smiles and the laughs and the things that are important, the most important things in the world, are on the line.

“So I still travel with Captain Jack and if I have the opportunity, whenever I do, I will go to these places. I’ll go to somebody’s house — man, I’ll perform at your kid’s birthday party at this point!” the star added.

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Hollywood’s boycott of the Edward Scissorhands star saw him dropped from his leading role in the Harry Potter spin-off series Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

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Depp aire his frustrations about “cancel culture” in a press conference at the San Sebastian Film Festival this week. (WireImage)

Appearing exasperated by the situation, Depp recently made a statement about the “injustice” of so-called “cancel culture” before receiving the Donostia Award at the festival.

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During a press conference before his award reception, Depp said: “It’s so far out of hand now that I can promise you that no one is safe.

“Not one of you. Not one of you… as long as someone is willing to say one sentence. It takes just one sentence and there is no more ground. The carpet has been pulled.”

Depp’s ex-wife Amber Heard filed for divorce in 2016, accusing him of verbal and physical abuse. Now in the US, Depp has recently won the right to proceed with a $50 million defamation lawsuit against Heard.

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Amber Heard filed for divorce from Depp in 2016, accusing the star of verbal and physical domestic abuse. (Getty)

The star is suing Heard over a Washington Post op-ed essay that she wrote about domestic violence. The essay talks about her experience being abused but does not name Depp. The trial is due to be held next year.

Depp and Heard met on the set of 2011 comedy The Rum Diary and married in Los Angeles in 2015. They separated the following year and divorced in 2017.

Heard said she had spoken out reluctantly.

READ MORE: Johnny Depp loses libel case against the Sun over claims he beat ex-wife Amber Heard

“What woman has ever benefited from being a victim of domestic violence?” she asked in court at the time.

While Depp hopes to win his case in America, legal experts allege that his loss in London hasn’t paved the path for a triumph.

“The implications, in this case, are that if you lose the case in London, it’s almost a racing certainty that you’re not going to win in America,” said Mark Stephens, a media lawyer at Howard Kennedy.

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