Helena Bonham Carter Has A Wild Opinion About Johnny Depp

Helena Bonham Carter is on the side of her long-time co-star Johnny Depp against threats of cancel culture.

By Mark McKee | Published

In Hollywood, you need friends; the people you know and have a rapport with can make or break your career, and Helena Bonham Carter is a good friend to have. When cancel culture gets the better of someone, the mob mentality can keep someone down whether they deserve it or not, and Johnny Depp is no different. In a new interview with The Times UK, the British actress came out in support of her friend in the wake of his trial with ex-wife Amber Heard

When Helena Bonham Carter was asked in the interview about cancel culture, she spoke about how she hated the practice, pointing out that there are few people who, under a microscope, wouldn’t get canceled. Regarding Johnny Depp, she believes her friend is wholly vindicated, saying that while there likely isn’t a way back for someone like Kevin Spacey, Depp is totally fine. Of course, she is bound to be someone to come to his defense, given that the two of them have a long history together and connect both on screen and off. 

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Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka

Johnny Depp has starred in seven films with Helena Bonham Carter, many of which were directed by Tim Burton. While Depp started working with Burton years before in films like Edward Scissorhands and Sleepy Hollow, he didn’t work with Carter until 2005, when he starred alongside her in Corpse Bride and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. They later starred in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet StreetAlice in WonderlandDark ShadowsThe Lone Ranger, and Alice Through the Looking Glass; all but two of them were directed by Tim Burton

Johnny Depp’s off-screen connection with Helena Bonham Carter is also tied to Tim Burton as he is the godfather to Carter and Burton’s two children. The trio is a close-knit group and putting both of those comments together; we can likely expect them to work together again in a comeback of sorts eventually. With Depp’s rabid fanbase and the rumors he is returning to his old role as Jack Sparrow, it isn’t farfetched to think that it could happen sooner rather than later. 

Depp isn’t the only canceled star that The Crown actress stepped up to defend against the angry social media cancel mob. She also spoke up for Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, who lost a lot of her fanbase when she tweeted criticisms of an article proposing the term “birthing persons” instead of women. She called the cancellation bollox and a witch hunt, saying that it comes from a place of closed-mindedness and a lack of understanding. 

Helena Bonham Carter referenced the pendulum swing that takes place with many of these social media issues, stating that she believed Amber Heard was jumping on the pendulum to become the face of the movement. She doesn’t seem to care much about the backlash that will inevitably come from aligning herself with someone who is seen as anti-LGBTQ+ and another who is part of the power imbalance between the sexes in Hollywood. One thing is certain: when someone like her speaks, people tend to listen.