Apology not accepted?
One day after Johnny Depp and Amber Heard released a video apologizing for illegally bringing their dogs into Australia, the country’s deputy prime minister, Barnaby Joyce, and comedian Ricky Gervais mocked the couple’s cringeworthy attempt at saying sorry.
The Aussie politician, 49, reacted to the Hollywood stars’ awkward plea for forgiveness during a Tuesday, April 19, appearance on Sunrise.
“I think he’s auditioning for The Godfather,” Joyce joked of the Pirates of the Caribbean actor, 52. “He’s very good at playing every person except Johnny Depp.”
Asked if he had anything to do with the making of the video — which was posted on the Australian Government of Agriculture and Water Resource’s official YouTube page — Joyce couldn’t help but laugh.
“As far as me directing that atrocious movie? No,” he said. “Even I could have done it a little bit better than that. Do it again, Johnny. Do it with gusto, mate! A little gusto, come on.”
Joyce infamously threatened to euthanize Depp and Heard’s dogs,Yorkshire terriers Pistol and Boo, when he learned that the couple brought them Down Under without authorization.
In the bizarre 42-second snippet, Heard, 29, and her husband speak to the camera, touting the importance of declaring all animals upon entering the country. In addition to urging others to respect Australia’s biosecurity laws, Depp dryly described Australians as “both warm and direct,” adding: “If you disrespect Australian law, they will tell you firmly.”
Gervais, 54, summed up the clip best in a simple tweet: “The Johnny Depp apology feels like a hostage video.”
The Johnny Depp apology feels like a hostage video.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) April 18, 2016
As Us Weekly previously reported, Heard, who appeared in court in Queensland, Australia, on Monday, April 18, alongside her husband, Depp, pleaded guilty to making a false statement on her immigration card relating to her pooches in April 2015. The Associated Press reports that in exchange for her guilty plea, two illegal-importation charges were dropped. If she had been convicted, the Rum Diaries actress could have spent up to a year in jail.
Watch Heard and Depp’s apology video (yes, it’s real!) above.
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