When I covered these Johnny Depp & Amber Heard photos from the PSIFF earlier this week, I said that Depp “looks three sheets to the wind in these photos. Even if he wasn’t drunk in these photos, he certainly carries that ‘drunk’ look with him all the time now.” I even put “drunk” in the headline! And it’s true. I mean, I don’t even know if Depp was fully or half in the bag in Palm Springs, but even if he wasn’t, he just looks drunk all the time these days. He always looks like he’s mid-stagger. He’s bloated, and I swear he’s started wearing really cakey makeup on his red carpets too. The whole situation is a mess. But how big of a mess was it in Palm Springs? Star Magazine and Radar are carrying the same story about how Depp was a messy drunk this weekend.
Though he made a good impression with locals by signing autographs with fans on the red carpet, Johnny Depp’s bloated, disheveled appearance was difficult to ignore. One observer told Radar, “He was very friendly but almost unrecognizable! He looked to have put on a good 30 pounds at least…His hair was a greasy mess, and his teeth were yellowed too. It was pretty shocking. He looked more like Marlon Brando than Johnny Depp!”
Inside, Depp, 52, raised eyebrows among the industry insiders with odd behavior. “During the dinner, he went over to Christian Bale’s table and squatted on the floor talking to him,” another eyewitness added. But he seemed to have lost the gift of gab by the time he got on stage to receive his award. Instead of a traditional acceptance speech, “He kind of mumbled, ‘How was the beef?’” the source said. “He seemed really confused and rambling and then just ended abruptly by saying ‘It’s over with, that’s it,’ before just walking off. People were kind of looking at each other like, ‘What just happened?’ It was bizarre.”
Depp was later a no-show at the after-party at the Parker hotel. And insiders tell Radar this is just the latest example of his troubling professional appearances. At one recent photoshoot, a source told Radar, “He showed up totally worse for the wear and seemingly intoxicated. He was stumbling, unable to engage in a coherent conversation, nearly impossible to work with. It took the team several hours to get him presentable.”
At what point does this move from a “he’s a mess, he needs to tighten up in public” story to a “seriously, he needs an intervention and rehab” story? Is this the point? I go back and forth on this – Depp has the money, means and time to take a break and go through the program and sober up. He just doesn’t have the desire, possibly because he hasn’t hit rock bottom yet. He’s trying though. “How was the beef?” is a pretty great opening line for an awards show speech. Maybe he wasn’t drunk, it was just exquisite performance art/Shia LaBeouf shoutout. Also: what does Amber have to say about all of this? In her mind, are they Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald? Or Sid & Nancy?
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