She may not have ended them yet, but they had ended her. Amber Heard revealed on the witness stand in court that she had been released from DC Films during her defamation trial.
Responding to a question from Johnny Depp’s lawyer Camille Vasquez, Hurd said: “They released me from my contract and I’ve been trying to hold on to it. They got me involved, I just don’t know what I actually How much was involved, the final cut,” Hurd added.
She later added: “I don’t know if I’m going to make it to the finals, or how much I’ll be. It’s hard to stay in the movie.”
While some will be relieved by this testimony, they didn’t completely remove her from Aquaman 2, another detail she shared under oath.
When asked about Aquaman 2 by her attorney, Elaine Bredehoft, Hurd relayed: “I have to fight really hard to stay in the movie. They don’t want me in the movie.”
After objections were raised, she would be asked if she would end up filming for the role of Meera. Hurd replied, “Yes, a very stripped-down version of that character.”
The actress then went on to reveal that the fight scene she had originally prepared would not appear in those minutes, as it turns out they were cutting the scene from the script.
Heard paraphrased: “They took a lot…give me a script, gave me a new version of the script that took the action scenes and portrayed my character and the other character – no leaks. Any spoilers – two characters fighting each other.”
“They basically took away my role,” she claimed. “They didn’t… they just removed a bunch.”
We’re not over spoilers, but can only speculate that Hurd may be talking about the sequel-confirmed Shark Carlson played by India Moore – possibly confirming rumors that Mela has or has had some form of rivalry.
That’s not to say Moore/Karshon is replacing Heard/Mera, but it probably won’t bother the more than 4 million signers who signed the infamous Change.org petition hoping to see her go.
She doubled down on the fact that her role in the film had been slashed a few times in the stands, including when she said, “As I said, I don’t know if I’m going to make it into the final cut, or how much I’m going to be. It’s hard to stay. In the movie.”
Hurd confirmed a popular rumor that her screen time was reduced due to her bad publicity. Her appearances in Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom a few months ago reportedly hit 10 minutes as a result.
Scooper Grace Randolph detailed back in April: “I heard that Amber Heard was less than 10 minutes long in Aquaman 2.”
As for those petitioners, it seems like they succeeded, as she vehemently mentions, Heard tried to stay in the movie — and with DC, but it didn’t. Her per-film salary was revealed in further testimony, with her contract earning $1 million for Aquaman and $2 million for Aquaman 2.
In addition, she was paid $200,000 per episode for The Stand series, which was based on the previous adaptation of the Stephen King novel, which also starred equally troubled Justice League actor Ezra Miller.
Miller is a different story, although there won’t be millions more in her foreseeable future. How do you feel about this? Are you one of the 4 million celebrants? Leave an answer in the comments.