Hollywood deal-maker tells court that Amber Heard isn’t in the same league as other superhero stars

Amber Heard’s attorneys rested their case on Tuesday, opening the door for Johnny Depp’s legal team to call a cassation witness questioning Heard’s fame and star power.

Before entertainment lawyer and Hollywood “deal-maker” Richard Marks took a stand, Depp’s lawyers argued that Heard’s $100 million counterclaim for defamation be dismissed. Judge Benny Azkarat dismissed the request and ruled for the jury to decide, before the proceedings continued.

Marx from witnessed earlier At the defamation trial, Depp’s lawyers said they asked him to analyze Monday’s testimony from “entertainment industry consultant” and producer Katherine Arnold.

Arnold testified that prior to Heard’s legal skirmishes with Depp and his attorney, the actress had a very high earning potential and her career path was “similar” to that of Jason Momoa, Gal Gadot, Zendaya, Ana de Armas and Chris Pine.

Marks, who said he has nearly 50 years of experience and negotiated many deals, found the comparisons funny.

“She’s very soft and smooth but she’s not a deal-breaker,” he said of Arnold. “Its damage assessment is based on nothing and is highly speculative.”

He added that Heard had never had the highest billing in a movie or TV show.

They cannot be compared. Jason Momoa was “Aquaman,” Chris Pine was “Captain Kirk,” Gal Gadot was “Wonder Woman,” and Zendaya has been working on the Disney Channel since she was 13. She is in all the Spider-Man films, with one name. Ana de Armas, you know, when she was in a movie they called her Breakout [star]Marks said.

The attorney told the Fairfax, Virginia courtroom that Heard had to test or test for the part of Mira in Aquaman, which affected her earning ability.

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“Normally an established actor would not be auditioned, he would be offered the role. Ms. Heard was in a group of actors who needed to be tested to see if the studio wanted to hire them, and then if they did hire them, they would be locked up for four potential films with a very profitable increase,” Marks explained.

He said studios do not need to comment on contract options for actors and was “frankly” surprised by DC Films’ president, Walter Hamadeh, who witnessed tuesday The morning I heard about ‘chemistry problems’ with Jason Momoa in ‘Aquaman’.

“In Hollywood, silence is the default. Don’t play any cards before the time is right,” said Marx.

As for Hamada, he revealed that the director and producer of “Aquaman 2” had considered reshaping the character of “Mira”.

Hamada said in a pre-recorded video that there were creative concerns about bringing Heard back after making the first film wrapped.

“I think openingly they were able to make that relationship work in the first movie, but there was a concern that it took a lot of effort to get there and we would be better off reworking, finding someone who has a more natural chemistry with Jason,” Hamada said.

He added that Heard was never released from her “Aquaman” contract, and eventually no other actors were auditioned for the role of “Mira”.

Hamada said Jason Momoa renegotiated his contract but that was not an option for Heard.

Hamadeh testified: “One of the things we were trying to impose restrictions on is not renegotiating every deal on the basis that people come in and make these deals and that they have an understanding that there will be options and that there is a deal in place.” . “That was a big part of our philosophy that we would hold people to their choices moving forward.”

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He added that Heard was not fired or rehired in “Aquaman 2,” saying, “We just made her choice” and she didn’t get a raise.

Heard had previously testified that she struggled for a role in the sequel, but the “Mira” part was “cut back” when she received the script.

However, Hamada noted, “The character’s involvement in the story was kind of what it was from the start,” adding that “Aquaman 2” was always as a comedy between Jason Momoa and Patrick Wilson.

Hamada said Heard’s compensation for “Aquaman 2” was not affected by any statements made by Depp or his former lawyer Adam Waldman, and Heard’s legal dispute with Depp was not a factor in her participation in “Aquaman 2”.

Deb Heard is suing for $50 million alleging that she insulted him in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed, costing him a lucrative role in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise. Although Heard did not mention him in the article, the Aquaman actress described herself as a “public figure who represents domestic violence.” Heard opposed $100 million.

Pleadings in the trial are expected to conclude this week.

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