|Australia's deputy prime minister boasted on Wednesday, May 24 that he had got into Johnny Depp's head like fictional serial killer Hannibal Lecter after the Hollywood actor quipped that the ruddy-faced lawmaker appeared to be "inbred with a tomato."|
Depp referred to Joyce as Barnaby Jones, the television detective played by Buddy Ebsen, while discussing the case this week on the U.S. talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! "He looks somehow inbred with a tomato," Depp told Kimmel.
"It's not a criticism. No, I was a little worried. He might explode."
"I'm inside his head, I'm pulling little strings and pulling little levers. Long after I've forgotten about Mr. Depp, he's remembering me," Joyce told reporters in his home town of Tamworth. "I'm turning into his Hannibal Lecter,"
|Joyce, who is campaigning ahead of July 2 elections, said he had moved on from his dispute with Depp. |
Depp said he didn't watch the widely-derided apology video - that has been likened to a hostage video with wooden deliveries from the couple - before it was released.
"No, because I didn't want to kill myself," Depp explained to Kimmel.
Fruits of four tomato Recombinant Inbred Lines
| Australian Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce said the videotaped apology from Johnny Depp and his wife Amber Heard was going around the world "like a frog in a sock" - An Australian term for going crazy. |
Many compared it to a hostage video. It has been revealed the Oz agriculture department had 'helped' with the script. The video was part of negotiations between the defense team and the prosecution.
|The original charges against Heard carried a prison sentence of up to 10 years and a fine of A$10,000. The ruling avoided a diplomatic tangle between the celebrity pair and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, who in his capacity as farm minister threatened to have the dogs put down. |
In a statement, Joyce said he appreciated Heard’s “willingness to take responsibility for her actions”. He faces a general election in July, with opinion polls showing support for the government sinking.