Dissolute actor Johnny Depp will be returning to our screens, just weeks after a jury found in his favour in the (now infamous) defamation case Depp launched against his ex-wife, Amber Heard.
According to a piece in the New York Post, Depp is slated to appear in a docuseries called Boston George, about the (recently deceased) cocaine-trafficking Medellín Cartel affiliate whom Depp portrayed in Blow, in 2001.
Given Depp’s checkered history with drugs, it makes sense that he’d feel an affinity towards “Boston George” – real name George Jung.
Indeed, Depp has been quoted as saying that his blow-besotted buddy is “one of my favorite [sic] people…[and] a very charming outlaw.”
Here’s a snippet from the docuseries:
Jung was a notorious cocaine smuggler at the peak of the 1980s crisis in the US; he was sentenced to 70 years behind bars after being apprehended by authorities but managed to whittle down his sentence to 20 years, by agreeing to provide testimony against his former partner-in-crime Carlos Lehder.
He was released from prison in 2014 and died in May last year.
Boston George, which chronicles his criminal misadventures, will be released for streaming in the US on July 22.
Depp took a significant step back into the limelight last week when, following his controversial victory in court, he released a TikTok video thanking his fans for their “unwavering support”:
@johnnydeppTo all of my most treasured, loyal and unwavering supporters. We’ve been everywhere together, we have seen everything together. We have walked the same road together. We did the right thing together, all because you cared. And now, we will all move forward together. You are, as always, my employers and once again I am whittled down to no way to say thank you, other than just by saying thank you. So, thank you. My love & respect, JD♬ Stranger – Love Joys
Depp’s appearance in the five-part Boston George series will mark the actor’s first post-trial debut, which is likely to leave a lot of people feeling very uncomfortable, so soon after the verdict.
While trenchant Depp supporters will be happy to see the actor reaping the rewards of litigation, victims and survivors of domestic abuse are primed to see this as yet another instance of a powerful man repressing a woman’s account of violence.
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