The Fall Guy: Screenwriter Responds to Controversy Over Joke About Johnny Depp and Amber Heard

The Fall Guy, written by Pearce, is based on the original TV series created by Glen A. Larson

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The recent film The Fall Guy sparked a discussion on social media due to a joke that shed light on the turbulent relationship between former couple Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. Now, the writer of the film has taken a stand, claiming that the intent of the line was precisely to show the inappropriate nature of the character who utters it. The writer of The Fall Guy explained the reason for the joke: “An unpleasant phrase attributed to an unpleasant person”. In The Fall Guy, Hannah Waddingham plays film producer Gail Meyer. In one scene in the film, an antagonist enters a cluttered trailer on a movie set and quips, “It's like Amber and Johnny were just here.”

A clear reference to the mutual accusations of domestic violence between Depp and Heard, which led to a defamation trial. Speaking about this scene from The Fall Guy with THR, writer Drew Pearce made it clear that no decent human being would ever make a joke about such a sensitive subject. For this very reason, the joke was attributed to the film's evil character, understood as detestable by the public. “No decent human being would ever make a joke about this, and Gail's character is clearly not a decent human being,” Pearce explained. “She's our villain in The Fall Guy and she says horrible things, and that's just one of them. But just like what I hope continues to happen in our industry and others, Gail is ultimately held accountable for her view of the world and her behavior."

Pearce added: “As with all our characters, including Gail, we wanted them to feel authentic, for better or worse. Sometimes shitty people say shitty things, but the opinion of a character in a movie is not the same as the perspective of either the movie characters or the people making it. That said, when a director inserts a line into a film, he has to anticipate how it will make the audience feel, so everyone is entitled to their reaction too." The Fall Guy, written by Pearce, is based on the original TV series created by Glen A. Larson. Directed by David Leitch, the film boasts a stellar cast that includes Ryan Gosling, Emily Blunt, Hannah Waddingham, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Teresa Palmer, Winston Duke, and Stephanie Hsu. Gosling is also among the film's producers, along with Leitch, Kelly McCormick, and Guymon Casady.

Source: CBR