Johnny Depp made a surprise appearance at the 2022 MTV VMAs Sunday night in what was billed as “a bizarre comeback” by some in the media.
The A-list actor took part in a pre-recorded bit at the beginning of the awards show dressed up as MTV’s iconic Moonman logo, with his face digitally superimposed onto the helmet of the floating Moonman.
“I just want you guys to know that I’m available for birthdays, Bar Mitzvahs, Bat Mitzvahs, weddings, wakes, any old thing you need,” Depp can be heard saying.
“And you know what? I needed the work,” he told the crowd
— CONSEQUENCE (@consequence) August 29, 2022
In a second appearance coming back from commercial, Depp quipped, “Hey VMAs, let’s get back to the f—ing music, shall we?”
The gig comes nearly three months after prevailing in his defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard and was likely more of an announcement that he is getting back to work after all the drama rather than an actual appeal for work.
Depp was awarded more than $10 million in damages when a seven-person jury found that Heard defamed him in her 2018 Washington Post op-ed about domestic violence that didn’t mention the actor by name. Heard did win one of her three defamation countersuit claims and was awarded $2 million.
There was a mixed reaction to Depp’s cameo online… here’s a quick sampling of responses from Twitter:
Johnny Depp played this well. Clever, actually. He made a mockery of the media. And it worked. 🤣🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/AFTiBr45SJ
— Amanda_888 (@amanda_clampit) August 29, 2022
“you know what, i needed the work”
— johnny depp at the vmas pic.twitter.com/75vAIvK5gD
— nina (@lovindepp) August 29, 2022
Extremely unlikely our hero JD was floating about in New Jersey… but pretty awesome cameos, bring on the mega pints because its Monday Funday and happy hour somewhere 🍷🎸🎶 ❤️
— Korbelina (@Bells1976) August 29, 2022
I love his sense of humor. Just the right touch of self-deprecation, self-awareness, and irreverence.
— Vanilja Chai (@vanilja_chai) August 29, 2022
😃 I love it! Welcome back!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/p8KUBPaw7O
— Cattrayeal (@Cattrayeal3) August 29, 2022
Ooooh i got a job for him alright 😉
— Billie Phaneuf (@BilliePhaneuf) August 29, 2022
It’s nice to see Johnny out and about. Living his best life. Go Johnny
— Cynthia Williams (@e1833ebee7fb41e) August 29, 2022
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