If you only watch one video this year, this needs to be it.
Last May, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard smuggled their teacup-sized dogs, Pistol and Boo, into Australia. And now they’ve been forced by the Australian government to make a straight-faced, serious apology video for breaching biosecurity laws in the country.
The pretty unbelievable video – which looks like the duo have been held hostage in North Korea, or are at least held at gunpoint – was played in court on Monday with both actors in attendance.
It was then released on Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce’s Facebook page, titled ‘Biosecurity Matters’.
“Australia is free of many pests and diseases that are commonplace around the world. That is why Australia has to have such strong biosecurity laws,” Heard says in the video.
Depp continues, “Australians are just as unique, both warm and direct. When you disrespect Australian law, they will tell you firmly.” The A-list couple then go on to say that they are ‘truly sorry’ about bringing Pistol and Boo into the country, and that those visiting should ‘declare everything when you enter Australia’.
As sincere as the video probably is, you can’t help but notice the message echoes that of an airport customs message, and sounds clearly forced.
The Internet, of course, didn’t look the other way when it came to voicing their opinion on the matter. And as always, they didn’t disappoint:
That Johnny Depp apology video… pic.twitter.com/8dPUZor4QU
— Jason Tin (@jasonthetin) April 18, 2016
Ranking of Johnny Depp’s worst acting performances:
4. The Tourist
3. Pirates 3
2. Apology to Australia video
— Mark Di Stefano (@MarkDiStef) April 18, 2016
This is basically Johnny Depp in a customs hostage video. ? https://t.co/96iCitfRXc
— Alison Croggon (@alisoncroggon) April 18, 2016
Despite the apology, though, Heard was given a A$1000 (£541) good behaviour bond for her total disregard of Australian law in court on Monday. Originally, the charge carried a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail or fines of up to A$265,000 (£143,480), BBC reports.