Walter Hamada, President of DC Films at Warner Bros., has debunked the testimony given by Amber Heard that her character in Aquaman 2 was considerably reduced after her ex-husband Johnny Depp’s alleged smear campaign against her.
The actress gave testimony that she had to “fight really hard” in order to remain working on Justice League, Aquaman, and the upcoming sequel Aquaman 2, following Depp’s attorney Adam Waldman’s allegations of her scheming an “abuse hoax” against Depp in the press.
Hamada, in a pre-recorded testimony on Tuesday, said that despite Waldman’s claims, Heard’s role was still the same. He repulsed that Heard’s role was reduced, saying that the movie was always a “buddy comedy” between Jason Momoa’s Aquaman and Patrick Wilson’s Orm. He added that the studio did not plan to place Heard as a co-lead.
When queried whether Heard’s role was ever shrunk for any grounds, Hamada replied, “No. I mean, again, from the early stages of development of the script, the movie was built around the character of Arthur and the character of Orm. Arthur being Jason Momoa and Orm being Patrick Wilson, so they were always the two co-leads of the movie … The movie was always pitched as a buddy comedy between Jason Momoa and Patrick Wilson.”
Hamada testified that Heard was paid for the two films, and her compensation was not affected by Waldman’s remarks.
He also said that there were talks about the prospective recasting of Heard because of an “issue of chemistry” with Momoa. However, nothing about the possibility of Heard being released from the Aquaman 2 contract happened.
“It was the concerns that were brought up at the wrap of the first movie production, which is the issue of chemistry,” he testified.
“Did the two have chemistry? The chemistry, you know, editorially, they were able to make that relationship work in the first movie, but there was a concern that it took a lot of effort to get there and [they] would be better off recasting [and] finding someone who had a bit more natural chemistry with Jason Momoa.”
Hamada further explained, “It’s not uncommon in movies for two leads to not have chemistry. And that is sort of movie magic … the ability to sort of put performances together and with the magic of a great score and how you put the pieces together. You can fabricate that chemistry. I think if you watch the movie, they looked like they had great chemistry, but I just know that during the use of post-production that it took a lot of effort to get there.”