Actor Johnny Depp introduces his film, The Libertine, to the audience at ‘Cineramageddon’, the outdoor cinema venue, at the Glastonbury Festival of Music and Performing Arts June 22, 2017
Johnny Depp cracked a shocking joke about assassinating U.S. President Donald Trump during a speech he gave at Glastonbury Festival.
The actor showed up at the annual British music gathering on Thursday to talk on a panel and to introduce his 2004 movie The Libertine, but the audience was taken aback when the 54-year-old started discussing American politics.
“Can we bring Trump here (to Glastonbury)?” he asked the crowd. “I think (Donald) Trump needs help. There are a lot of dark places he could go.”
Johnny’s statements escalated when he seemed to allude to the 1865 assassination of iconic U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, who was shot dead by actor John Wilkes Booth.
“I’m not insinuating anything – by the way this will be in the press and it will be horrible – but when was the last time an actor assassinated a president?” he mused to members of the crowd, who responded to the astonishing statement with loud cheers.
Depp went on to qualify his remarks by assuring fans he meant no harm with the Trump assassination reference – the star made it clear he was merely observing the fact that an American president has not been assassinated in over a century and a half.
“I want to clarify,” he added, “I’m not an actor. I lie for a living (but) it’s been a while. Maybe it’s about time.”
Johnny then defended his movie The Libertine, a 2004 historic drama about drunken and lecherous 17th century English poet John Wilmot that was largely panned by critics.
“It’s a film that needs to be seen,” he insisted.