Jason Momoa enjoyed a $12 million increase in his salary for retaking her role from the sequel Aquaman film, and Amber Heard’s 2 million pay for playing the character of Mera was the same in the follow-up.
Expert in the entertainment industry Kathryn Arnold testified in the defamation trial of Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard on Monday in which she provided details regarding the career of the actress and how it was impacted by the ongoing legal disputes with her husband.
Witness for Heard said in court that Game of Thrones star Momoa was actually fighting for his co-star’s return to her part on Aquaman 2. Aquaman sequel after the studio raised doubts regarding her return.
In her statement, Arnold referenced Depp’s attorney, Adam Waldman, who claimed Heard of concocting the “abuse hoax” in an interview with the Daily Mail in 2020.
Arnold states that these “defamatory statements” prompted movie studios to be cautious about cooperating with Heard on new projects.
The expert witness further stated that the sole motive Heard returned to her character for Aquaman 2 was because Momoa and director James Wan were “adamant” about her return.
Heard before said that she was forced the need to “fight really hard” to retain her role in the franchise, due to the negative press she received about her and her role in the prior libel case together with Depp.
Arnold stated that the role was to be the role of having a “strong romantic arc the entire film and some great action sequences” but some sequences had to be “cut out” and her character had to be “radically reduced” in the sequel.
In court this week the agent of Heard’s, Jessica Kovacevic swore she was told that her client’s job was cut down due to the “lack of chemistry” with Momoa. But, she believes that the main reason was Momoa’s bad media coverage and damage to his reputation.
Arnold added that Momoa was offered the chance to negotiate his compensation for the sequel film, which was increased from $3 million to $15 million, whereas Heard’s pay of $2 million wasn’t up for negotiation , even though she could be eligible for an increase of $4 million.
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“They [Hollywood] like her work but they can’t work with her because every time her name is mentioned, the negativity flares up again,” Arnold commented on Heard’s image.
She said Heard was hit with $50 million of damage due to her reputational damage. She she compared her career path prior to the Depp controversy with that of celebrities like Gal Gadot as well as Zendaya.
Depp has sued his ex-wife for $50 million in damages for the loss of earnings following her writing an opinion piece in the 2018 edition of The Washington Post in which she claimed to be a victim of domestic abuse. Then, Heard has countersued for $100 million to stop nuisance.
The trial has been the focus of discussions on social media in the last month, and hundreds of videos from the proceedings have been viewed by millions of people log on every day to catch the live stream of the Circuit Court in Fairfax County, Virginia.