Johnny Depp says Australian politician ‘looks inbred with a tomato’ as he talks dog apology video

Actor was forced to apologise last month for breaking country's quarantine laws

Johnny Depp has discussed his infamous video apology he made with his wife Amber Heard after she smuggled two dogs into Australia, likening an Australian politician to a “tomato” on US late-night television.

The Hollywood actor and his wife Amber Heard had sarcastically urged people to respect the country’s quarantine laws last month after she brought dogs Pistol and Boo into Queensland while Depp was filming in the country.

Speaking on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Depp said that Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce, “looks somehow inbred with a tomato”.


“It’s not a criticism, I’m just saying, I was a little worried … he might explode,” he added.

Explaining the apology video, Depp said: “I played that anti-government Australia, when someone threatens to euthanise your dogs … tiny teacup things, [that are] clearly dangerous in Australia because of so many poisonous creatures in Australia you could die at any minute, so the dogs were obviously a problem.”

“I think the choice they made to utilise the taxpayers’ dollars to globally chase down teacup yorkies and give them 50 hours to live, I realised the badness of my ways, I was kind of repenting.”

Joyce responded to Depp’s remarks in a press conference on Wednesday morning (May 25), saying: “I think I’m turning into Johnny Depp’s Hannibal Lecter, aren’t I? I’m inside his head, I’m pulling little strings and pulling little levers. Long after I’ve forgotten about Mr Depp, he’s remembering me.”