The pinnacle of DC Movies, which produced “Aquaman,” testified that the artistic workforce had considerations about Amber Heard’s position within the movie’s sequel over an absence of chemistry with co-star Jason Momoa.

On Tuesday, a March recorded deposition of Walter Hamada, President of DC Movies, which is a division of Warner Bros., was performed for the jury within the defamation trial between Heard and her ex-husband, Johnny Depp. Hamada testified that “Aquaman” was the very best grossing movie ever for the corporate. He mentioned the studio by no means deliberate to painting Heard as a co-lead in “Aquaman 2” and that Heard’s position was not diminished within the forthcoming movie, titled “Aquaman the Misplaced Kingdom.”

“The scale of the position of the movie that she has was decided within the early growth of the script, which might have occurred in 2018 I’d say. The character’s involvement within the story was form of what it was from the start,” Hamada testified within the deposition. “From the early phases of growth of the script, the movie was constructed across the character of Arthur and the character Orm. Arthur being Jason Momoa and Orm being Patrick Wilson. They have been all the time the co-leads of the movie.”

claims defamed him and has resulted in him allegedly dropping work. Heard has countersued Depp for $100 million, claiming statements his legal professional made wherein he referred to as her allegations of abuse by Depp a “hoax” defamed her and price her work.

Heard testified she believes her position in “Aquaman 2” was scaled again and that she needed to combat to even be within the movie, which is in post-production and scheduled to debut in 2023. (CNN and Warner Bros. are each a part of Warner Bros. Discovery.)

However Hamada testified in his deposition that after filming “Aquaman,” there was dialogue about Heard’s position in a sequel.

“I feel editorially they have been capable of make that relationship work within the first movie however there was a priority that it took numerous effort to get there and would we be higher off recasting, discovering somebody who had higher, extra pure chemistry with Jason Momoa and transfer ahead in that method,” Hamada testified.

Hamada testified that the pair appeared to have good chemistry in “Aquaman,” however that the movie relied on the “magic of post-production,” together with enhancing, sound design and music, to assist “fabricate” their chemistry.

“It’s like what makes a movie star a movie star. You understand it while you see it. And the chemistry wasn’t there,” Hamada mentioned within the deposition. “An excellent editor and a very good filmmaker can decide the proper takes and decide the proper moments and put scenes collectively in opposition to rating. The music within the scene makes an enormous distinction.”

Hamada additionally testified that Heard’s position within the movie and her skill to re-negotiate her compensation was not impacted by her involvement within the dispute with Depp, or any statements made by representatives of Depp.

Heard’s attorneys relaxation case

Earlier Tuesday, attorneys for Heard rested their case.

Heard testified over the course of 5 days this month. Witnesses for her facet have included actress Ellen Barkin, whose recorded testimony was performed for jurors final week. Barkin acknowledged that whereas in a sexual relationship with Depp within the Nineteen Nineties, she as soon as noticed the actor throw a wine bottle at a wall throughout an altercation.

A movement to strike Heard’s counterclaims in opposition to Depp was denied Tuesday.

On Tuesday afternoon, Depp’s workforce largely offered witnesses who contradicted earlier testimony from witnesses offered by Heard’s authorized workforce.

One other anticipated witness is former TMZ journalist Morgan Tremaine, who is predicted to testify about how the outlet obtained a video exhibiting Depp slamming cupboards and performing erratically. The video has been performed in the course of the trial a number of instances.

TMZ filed a movement to intervene within the case on Tuesday and requested the court docket to dam Tremaine from testifying, saying that Tremaine was a subject project supervisor on the time the video was obtained and that he had “nothing to do with” TMZ acquiring the video from a confidential supply. The outlet requested the court docket to forestall Tremaine from “disclosing TMZ’s privileged info” throughout his testimony.

“TMZ promised this supply that it could keep their confidentiality and wouldn’t disclose their identify or different details about them,” the submitting states. “TMZ makes such guarantees of confidentiality, once in a while, in order that it could publish info within the public curiosity, and it depends on the journalist’s privilege defending the id of confidential sources to take action.” Closing arguments are anticipated on Friday.

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