THEIR personal text exchange about Amber Heard was scrutinised for its graphic and nasty nature.
But Paul Bettany and Johnny Depp say their jokes about lighting Amber on fire and drowning her were taken out of context.
When did Paul Bettany and Johnny Depp become friends?
Actors Paul Bettany and Johnny Depp met while filming romantic thriller The Tourist.
The movie was released in December of 2010 and stars Angelina Jolie.
Of their friendship, in 2014 Bettany told the Toronto Sun: "Johnny and I met across a crowded room, and I just had a feeling we would be lifelong friends.
"I looked at [Depp] and he looked at me, and we haven't stopped laughing since."
The pair have appeared in a number of projects together Transcendence in 2014 and the 2015 film Mortdecai.
Bettany was seen publicly defending Depp's character in 2016 when a court judge in LA granted Heard a temporary restraining order against her ex-husband.
Bettany tweeted: “Known Johnny Depp for years and through several relationships. He’s the sweetest, kindest, gentlest man that I’ve ever known. Just saying.
In a follow-up post, he said: “All I’m saying – Domestic violence is a serious allegation. Trial by Twitter is unhelpful. Let the facts come out before rushing to judgement.”
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What did they say about Amber Heard?
Text messages exchanged between Paul and Depp in 2013 were used as evidence during the 2020 defamation trial against The Sun.
The communications have now been brought up again in the ongoing case between Heard and Depp.
In one text, Depp says: “Let’s burn Amber!!!”
Bettany was reported to reply: “Having thought it through I don’t think we should burn Amber – she’s delightful company and easy on the eye, plus I’m not sure she’s a witch. We could of course try the English course of action in these predicaments – we do a drowning test. Thoughts? N. B I have a pool.”
Depp: “Let’s drown her before we burn her!!! I will f**k her burnt corpse afterwards to make sure she is dead…”
Bettany: “My thoughts entirely! Let’s be CERTAIN before we pronounce her a witch.”
Depp has since put the interaction down to an "abstract sense of humour" based off a Monty Python sketch, and said the messages were never "intended to be real".
Depp said: “As these are private texts there was a lot… in context.
“It’s important to know none of that was ever intended to be real and the language used which… yes, I am ashamed [of] has to be spread on the world like peanut butter."
Depp claimed Bettany and Heard had an “abominable” relationship.
He alleged she viewed their companionship as a “threat” that would take him "away from her".
Bettany said he found it "embarrassing" that the exchange has been shared so publicly.
He said: “We live in a world without context. I didn’t know Johnny when he was married to Amber.
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"I knew him before. But we hadn’t spoken for years. During the marriage I didn’t know them. So I wasn’t around for any of that.”
He added: “The only real way to deal with this elegantly is to say: I’m not sure there’s anybody who has one of these devices [a smartphone] that would feel comfortable having a team of lawyers scour their private text messages.”
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