Johnny Depp in the movie Minamata: It’s a story about humanity and compassion, says the actor about his character

Johnny Depp in the movie Minamata: It’s a story about humanity and compassion, says the actor about his character
Johnny Depp in the movie Minamata: It’s a story about humanity and compassion, says the actor about his character

Johnny Depp has had an extensive film career, but in recent years when fell out of favor with Hollywood due to allegations of domestic violence from his ex-wife, we saw very little of him. At first, the actor lost a court case against a British newspaper, which at the time of the accusations wrote about him as a woman beater, but he was more successful in court in America.

The trial of his ex-wife Amber Heard, whom he sued for $50 million for defaming his name and ruining his career, was broadcast online around the world. Fans could thus watch the statements of both actors and draw a picture of their marriage for themselves. Depp won the trial with Heard and cleared his name.

His the filmography of recent years is very short. In 2017, he excelled in Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revengea year later it was movies City of Lies, London Fields (his ex Amber Heard played the main role here), Last semester and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. After that came only one movie in 2019 viz Waiting for the barbarianswhere he appeared alongside Robert Pattinson.

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The plot and message of the movie Minamata

Film Minamata had a repeatedly shifted distribution due to the actor’s personal disputes and tarnished reputation. But even the Czech viewer can finally go see the film from 2020, which Johnny presented at the Karlovy Vary festival last year. The film premieres in Czech cinemas on September 1, 2022. Depp plays a charismatic photographer in itwho sacrificed everything to show the truth that others were so afraid of with his reportage pictures.

“It’s primarily a story about humanity in the sense that you ask, ‘How much can I sympathize with them?’ And that raises another question: ‘Do you empathize with them enough to actively engage? Can you go for it?’ Because this had to stop and could be stopped. They should have just nipped it in the bud. But it didn’t happen,” Depp represents the main idea of ​​the film.

Minamata is about William Eugene Smith (Johnny Depp), who became famous as one of the most respected photojournalists of World War II. At the beginning of the seventies, however, he lives a solitary life, separated from society and resigning from his career. The change comes when the editor of the famous Life magazine Robert Hayes (Bill Nighy) secretly sends him to the Japanese fishing town of Minamata. Health and the lives of its inhabitants, and especially children, have been threatened here for decades by poisonous mercurywhich is recklessly released into the sea by the chemical factory Chisso Corporation.

Smith immerses herself in the local community, documenting her struggle to live and survive, her passionate campaign for acknowledgment of guilt and compensation from the Chisso Corporation. Armed only with his camera and the power of the image, Smith gives his images of the toxic village a heartbreaking human dimension, and his initial task turns into a life’s mission. Film Minamatawhich is based on a gripping true storyis redemptive and an emotional story of victory over adversity and that each of us has the power to change something.

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