Johnny Depp has taken a swipe at Australian agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce while answering questions at the Venice Film Festival about his upcoming film Black Mass.
A reporter asked Depp if he would be taking his dogs, Pistol and Boo, on a gondola ride while in Venice, to which his handler replied: “I’m not sure that’s appropriate.”
But Depp answered anyway:
“No, I killed my dogs and ate them, under direct orders of some kind of, I don’t know, sweaty, big-gutted man from Australia.”
The comment is seen as a stab at the #waronterrier debacle back in May when the Hollywood actor and his wife Amber Heard illegally brought the dogs into the country.
At the time Joyce gave the couple an ultimatum, either the dogs are immediately deported back to the US or they face lethal injection.
The rather rash reaction by the agriculture minister was the talking point of media outlets around the world, including late night TV host John Oliver. Watch his response here.
It’s not the first time the movie star couple have made their feelings about the situation known since the event.
Upon returning to the US, after the 48-hour warning to get the puppies out of the country, Heard said she was unlikely to ever visit Australia again.
“I have a feeling we’re going to avoid the land Down Under from now on, just as much as we can, thanks to certain politicians there,” she told Channel 7’s Sunrise program.
“I guess everyone tries to go for their 15 minutes, including some government officials,” she said.
Heard will have her court case over the alleged illegal importation of the two Yorkshire terriers brought against her today at Southport Magistrates Court in Queensland.
It is reported Heard will not be attending the hearing and her lawyers will seek an adjournment until a later date. If found guilty she could face up to 10-years jail and a fine of up to $100,000.
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