Johnny Depp was at the 2016 Grammy Awards red carpet on February 15 and when he was asked if he would return to Australia if given the chance, the “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor said yes without batting an eyelash.
The reporter’s question was obviously an allusion to the big issue that Johnny Depp and his wife Amber Heard caused in Australia last year when they failed to declare their two Yorkshire terriers, Boo and Pistol, when they flew to Australia onboard his private jet to film “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.”
They could have escaped detection had it not for a local dog saloon which posted photos of Johnny’s and Amber’s pet dogs being groomed.
As a result, Australian Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Barnaby Joyce made it public by saying that there is a process in bringing animals into their country and that requires permits and the animals are subjected to quarantine before the owners can have them.
Joyce also stated then that if they allow movie stars to come to their country and break the laws, they should just break the laws for everybody.
Eventually, the Australian Minister gave Johnny Depp and Amber Heard 50 hours to remove their dogs from Australia or face the risk of being euthanized. Johnny sent his two dogs packing along with his wife Amber Heard by chartering another private jet back to California.
Still loves Australia
Despite the brouhaha over his pet dogs, Johnny Depp says that he still loves Australia and will be absolutely willing to go to the country if given the chance.
He even said that he was actually invited by Barnaby Joyce to stay at the latter’s house for some reason. But it seems that the actor was just saying it in jest during the interview, details E! Online.
The Australia Minister has yet to confirm if he has indeed invited Depp to his house. Back in September last year, the actor referred to the Australian official as some kind of sweaty, big-gutted man from Australia.
Incidentally, Joyce’s strong stance against illegal importation actually earned him in December last year the Froggatt Award for his principled decision-making by the Invasive Species Council.
Still facing charges
Despite the jolly take of Johnny Depp over the issue, his wife Amber Heard is still facing charges related to breaches of Australian quarantine laws.
The case has been scheduled for a four-day trial in Queensland beginning on April 18. Amber Heard said that she would appear to defend herself during the trial.
But prior to the filing of the official case against her by Barnaby Joyce, she was quoted as saying in June last year that she does not think that she and Johnny will be going to Australia any time soon because there are certain politicians there who seemingly try to go for their 15 minutes of fame.
Subsequently, Johnny Depp was also quoted as saying that he will do everything in his power to stop any legal action against his wife Amber Heard from going to jail as a result of bringing their two Yorkshire pet dogs in Australia in April without proper documentation.
In an interview with Jimmy Kimmel at “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” in September last year, the 52-year-old Johnny Depp said that if the Australian minister of agriculture does proceed with his threat to put his 29-year-old wife Amber Heard in jail, he will fly to Australia and assault the man.
Of course, it was obvious that the “Pirates of the Caribbean 5” actor was joking because he followed it up by saying that he would assault the man so that he could go to jail too and join his wife.
The actor explained that they were under the impression that they had all the paperwork done for the dogs and in fact, they never attempted to hide the animals from the public.
Depp said that they were there in Australia with the dogs in front of everybody. He added that there might have been other things smuggled, but certainly not the dogs.