Updated: April 20, 2016 8:17:00 pm
This is one act even Johnny Depp couldn’t quite pull off. The legendary Hollywood actor Depp and wife Amber Heard botched up what appeared to be a simple video apology to an Australian court for violating animal laws last year while flying in his two pet dogs Down Under.
“Looked like he was auditioning for the Godfather” but did not “think he’ll get an Academy Award for his performance,” Australian Deputy and Agriculture Minister PM Barnaby Joyce told CNN, poking fun at the apology video.
In the video, Heard says, “Australia is a wonderful island with a treasure trove of unique plants, animals and people,” with Depp adding, “Australians are just as unique, both warm and direct. When you disrespect Australian law, they will tell you firmly. Declare everything when you enter Australia.” The duo’s pained facial expression during the video left viewers in splits, and it seemed the couple was trying everything in their power to not burst out laughing themselves.
In April 2015, Depp and Heard landed in Australia with their two dogs, but missed out on declaring them at Customs, according to the island continent’s law; they inevitably hit the headlines. “Mr Depp needs to take his dogs back to California, or we’re going to have to euthanize them,” Barnaby said at the time.
So unconvincing was the apology, that Late Night host Stephen Colbert did a hilarious parody of it.
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