Amber Heard's 'Aquaman' Sequel Role Was Almost Scrapped, Actress Says

Actress Amber Heard testified Monday that her role in the Aquaman sequel was almost scrapped amid the controversy surrounding her and her ex-husband, Johnny Depp.

During the $50 million defamation trial, Heard was asked about her role in Aquaman 2. She said that while she ultimately filmed scenes for the movie, it was a "very pared-down version of that role." Heard starred in the first Aquaman film.

"I was given a script and then given new versions of the script that had taken away scenes that had action in it," Heard said. "That depicted my character and another character—without giving any spoilers away, two characters fighting with one another. They basically took a bunch out of my role. They just removed a bunch."

She added, "I fought really hard to stay in the movie."

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Actress Amber Heard said in court Monday that her role in the "Aquaman" sequel was almost scrapped. Above, Heard on the stand at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 16. STEVE HELBER/POOL/AFP/Getty

Heard's testimony is the latest to be heard in the ongoing trial, which resumed Monday in Virginia. Depp filed a lawsuit against his ex-wife for a 2018 Washington Post op-ed she wrote detailing her experiences with domestic violence. The op-ed did not name Depp, but the Pirates of the Caribbean star has charged that it damaged his career. Heard has filed a countersuit against Depp for $100 million.

During her testimony, Heard also said she had to "fight really hard" to keep her role in the first Aquaman film, as well as the Justice League movie, following her divorce from Depp in 2017. Heard's comments on her role in the Aquaman sequel were in response to questions about past remarks made by Depp's former attorney, Adam Waldman, who called Heard's domestic violence allegations fake.

Newsweek reached out to DC Entertainment, a co-producer of the Aquaman films, for comment.

Amid the trial, a petition calling for the actress to be removed from the Aquaman sequel has continued to gain support. Earlier this month, the petition, titled "Remove Amber Heard From Aquaman 2," had received over 2 million signatures. As of Monday, it has over 4.1 million signatures.

"Amber Heard has been exposed as a domestic abuser by Johnny Depp. In his $50 million lawsuit, Johnny Depp describes many incidents of domestic abuse that he suffered at the hands of his (then) wife Amber Heard," the petition said. "Do the right thing. Remove Amber Heard from Aquaman 2."

During her testimony Monday, Heard also spoke about filing for divorce and said that while she still loved Depp, she was scared the marriage was "going to end really badly for me."

"I knew if I didn't [divorce], I'd likely not literally survive," she said.