“Minamata” the movie with Johnny Depp that was not going to be released in theaters and was rescued by fans

After his celebrated days as one of the most revered photojournalists of World War II, W. Eugene Smith feels disconnected from society and his career.

In the last delivery of the Oscars, a category called Oscars Fan Favorite where, through a hashtag on Twitter, users could choose what they considered to be the best film of the year. Predictably, all the nominees were titles with stars or blockbuster characters. In the quintet of nominees, however, a very different film appeared. His title was Minamata (2020) and its worldwide box office barely reached two million dollars. What did that movie have that was so voted? The short answer is very simple: I had it Johnny Deppbut the most sophisticated answer is that it was support from his fans against the persecution that the actor had received.

In February 2020 the film Minamata, directed by Andrew Levitas, premiered at the Berlin Festival. Then came the pandemic and the scandal between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp caused the actor to be canceled in many places, which made it seem that the actor’s career was over. The director claimed for this and the film, although in a limited way, began to be released throughout 2021 around the world, arriving in Los Angeles in December of that year, which allowed him to participate in the Oscars if they wanted to vote for it. . The fans did not hesitate to support his idol and the noise it caused, plus the resolution of the defamation case against Amber Heard, put Johnny Depp back in the ring.

Images of "The warrior photographer"movie starring Johnny Depp
Images from “The Warrior Photographer”, a film starring Johnny Depp

The film is based on the experience of famous photographer Eugene Smith (Johnny Depp) and his work in Minamata, Japan. This troubled and gifted American photographer made a remarkable turn in his life when he accepted a friend’s invitation to travel to the industrial city of Minamata, where the population was sickening and dying suspiciously. Smith and his wife Aileen, with whom he had just married, traveled so that he recorded what was happening with her camera. The experience would change the photographer’s life forever. The confirmation of mercury poisoning by a company generated, thanks to the work of Smith, an international stir.

Images of "The warrior photographer"movie starring Johnny Depp
Images from “The Warrior Photographer”, a film starring Johnny Depp

Eugene Smith is an ideal role for Johnny Depp, one of those that the actor loves to play. Something bohemian, absolute lover of jazz, alcoholic and problematic, one of those characters that Depp enjoys building. The director knows this and makes the most of the actor’s physical and emotional resemblance to the photographer. The film is told in a fair way, knowing that the story itself has the necessary harshness to have to add more pain. Luckily, after the aforementioned problems, the film continues to arrive in theaters around the world.

Images of "The warrior photographer"movie starring Johnny Depp
Images from “The Warrior Photographer”, a film starring Johnny Depp

minimata opens October 20 in theaters.

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“Minamata” the movie with Johnny Depp that was not going to be released in theaters and was rescued by fans