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Daniel Radcliffe Reacts to Johnny Depp's 'Fantastic Beasts' Casting Controversy

Daniel Radcliffe Reacts to Johnny Depp's 'Fantastic Beasts' Casting Controversy

Johnny Depp‘s casting in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald has been criticized following allegations against the actor and now Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe is reacting to the controversy.

The casting has since been defended by Warner Bros., writer J.K. Rowling, and director David Yates.

“It’s a very hard thing for me,” Daniel told EW about the controversy.

“I can see why people are frustrated with the response that they were given from that … I’m not saying anything that anybody hasn’t already said – and this is a weird analogy to draw – [but] in the NFL, there are lots of players arrested for smoking weed and there is other people’s behavior that goes way beyond that and it’s tolerated because they’re very famous players,” Daniel said. “I suppose the thing I was struck by was, we did have a guy who was reprimanded for weed on the [original Potter] film, essentially, so obviously what Johnny has been accused of is much greater than that.”

Jamie Waylett, who played the role of Vincent Crabbe in the first six Harry Potter movies, was let go from Deathly Hallows after he was arrested for growing marijuana plants.

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  • Anthony S.

    I can agree with that and Johnny probably could, too, but does Johnny grow and deal weed or just toke it? If all he does is puff it then that’s all she wrote. If he’s growing, perhaps illegally, like Jamie, then that can be some serious muck he’s gotten himself involved in. So, yes, DR is right and Johnny would probably agree with him. Jamie, however, was growing, cultivating and dealing, am I correct. That’s the difference between looking at girlie pictures and recruiting underage girls off the street for illegal blue prostitution. Huge difference. Good answer, yes. I think DR and Johnny would both agree.

  • 777

    I think you completely misunderstood what Daniel is saying here, or why there was backlash about JD’s casting in the movie.
    You realize DR wasn’t talking about Johnny growing weed, but being accused of domestic violence?

  • agus

    But he was only accused – Amber never really wanted to prove her accusations in the court (the LAPD denied her story), she only wanted to destroy his career and it’s sad that there doesn’t exist one journalist who will write proper article about this case. There are much more online than in tabloids – his list of evudences and witnesses gives quite a lot of information to analyze.

  • 777

    LAPD did not deny her story. He was accused, and never found guilty, but also wasn’t found innocent.
    He doesn’t have witnesses, he has character witnesses, totally different.

  • cafeast

    The vharacter could have been easily recast. With someone better and cheaper, mind you. Some Skarsgard brother, they are actually Swedish and ppl like them!
    But they did not do that. WB and Rowling are complicit as far as I’m concerned, he is an abuser, and they can all go f- themselves in the ass.

  • cafeast

    If she had been some black woman, you would’ve sided with her.

  • ShellBell

    The problem I have with fans saying Johnny shouldn’t be cast anymore because of what he did is the hypocrisy of some of of them. Did he actually assault her…who knows but if he did yes, he should get in shit for it although I think it’s something we are never going to find out unless something more comes out either to incriminate or completely exhonerate him.

    Amber on the other hand WAS charged with domestic assault and it’s only because her girlfriend didn’t want to proceed that she was finally let off and even though she is trying to get it struck off the records, there are still reports out there of what she did at the time and unlike Johnny it was in a public place where there were witnesses.

    People are screaming that Johnny should be thrown to the wolves and never have a career again for something he might or might not have down while it’s been proven 100% Amber DID do the same thing but she should still be allowed to act?

  • Anthony S.

    I remember that. I thought that that had all been worked out by now. That Amber preyed on actors and other men and has been doing so for a very long time. So it would be Amber seeking some kind of extortion from Johnny. Johnny sure wasn’t her first and he sure won’t be her last.

  • Anthony S.

    Why’s that, cafeast?

  • ShellBell

    Funny you should say that because some sites are reporting she is back with Elon simply to get money for some business her girlfriend wants to start. They are calling it the long con.

  • akemi

    Johnny Depp- accused but not arrested

    Amber Heard- arrested 2009 SeaTac Airport for DV violence assault on her then partner, Tasya.

  • cafeast

    B/c it is what west wing libs love doing. If she had been black, everyone would support her to make this shit about racism and evil white men. But b/c she is a white woman, ppl refuse to believe her. Or flatly dismiss whatever she claimed as if we all did not see those reprehensible videos.

  • Anthony S.

    What makes you think agus is a leftist? He is reflecting known police reports and judicial conclusions that are publicly available for mass scrutiny. I see no blaming of someone for the sake of blaming someone.

  • Anthony S.

    That’s very credible and somewhat scary. A serial predator, serial extortionist or an organized long term criminal operation. I remember Amber and Elon. That didn’t last too long that first time.

  • M9365

    Harry Potter calls out NFL players for their arrest records. I like it. If anyone does look up what those players get arrested for, it’s crazy.

  • Maria M.

    How do you know he’s an abuser? The police that was called to their house didn’t see any bruises on her face and they left. Later she refused to be deposed under oath and settled quickly after that. Accusation shouldn’t be taken as a fact. She had every opportunity to take him to court and prove that he abused but she was done after she smeared his name in public. Half of people will always buy it and that’s why smear campaigns are so effective in politics. There is a story in politics, commonly attributed to Lyndon B. Johnson, about how LBJ wanted to circulate a rumor attacking his opponent in a Texas election. Johnson, wanted to spread the story that his opponent liked to have sex with barnyard animals. One of LBJ’s aides said, “We can’t prove he’s a pig f—-r.” “I know that,” replied Johnson. “I just want to hear him deny it.” You can say whatever you want to the people magazine or Facebook but to prove it to the judge is a very different thing. To be just accused is to immediately lose reputation in the eyes of 50% of people who hear about it. Nobody has to prove anything.

  • cafeast

    I watched the vids.
    btw too long a post to say one single thing. You sound fidgety. Sounds suspicious and weak.

  • Anthony S.

    Makes sense. Interesting example.

  • cafeast

    You know what I am saying and you know it’s the truth. Fuck off.

  • Anthony S.

    Yeesh!! 8( No, it’s not the truth and what you are writing is nonsense in the halls of logic and justice. Have a good night.

  • wearing

    Except she has photo proof as well as corroborators and only johnny depp stans are in denial about it.

  • wearing

    bruises don’t show up the next hour. That’s why women are often charged with domestic abuse during a violent altercation–nails and scratches show up before any bruising does. And LBJ has nothing to do with them, you’re deflecting.

  • ShellBell

    That isn’t my point though. As I said, maybe he did do it but at the minute there is not enough to charge him. Yes she has people in her corner but according to the police after they talked everyone there was nothing there to charge.

    Maybe in time something will be brought out but at the moment there isn’t anything yet people say he shouldn’t be allowed to have another role because of what he did.

    Amber on the other hand as I said was charged for striking her partner…the same thing that she claimed Johnny did yet those who are baying for Johnny’s blood seem fine about her continuing her career.

  • Anthony S.

    No. Amber Heard has a long proven history of manipulation and abuse. Yes, she does. It is on her record. ShellBell is correct.

  • Anthony S.

    No. It is true that Amber Heard has a long proven history of manipulation and abuse. Yes, she does. It is on her record. Maria M. is correct.

  • Maria M.

    I watched the vids too. There is no physical abuse in them. She didn’t accuse him for being a dickhead and a lousy husband but a wife beater. There is a difference between being a jerk and a beater.

  • Maria M.

    And why did she refuse to be deposed under oath?

  • Maria M.

    I know a lot of “Gone Girls”. I know what women are capable of after a bad breakup. I have witnessed it in my own family and female cruelty can put any man to shame.

  • 777

    Amber shouldn’t be cast for any role, first and foremost because she’s a horrible actress. If you cast her in your movie, you screwed yourself.

  • Sharis

    Are people saying they saw her the next day after alleged assault without bruises “character witnesses” ?

  • Priscila

    1)Amber does have a history of violence, but that does not mean she was not abused by J D;
    2) Just because women can also be cruel it does not mean that Amber Heard, who is not profting from the money she owned, is when it comes to JD;
    3)No problems with past abusers working; they also have to be productive members of society BUT it is a terrible thing that JD, as an abuser, is being associated with projects that directly target a younger audience.
    4)It gives them food for thought- so yes, it is okay to get wasted, abuse and become violent towards your partner, refuse to grant her the money you owe her because of tax concerns ( yes, he done that…he wanted to make the donation in her name when it was agreed he would give her the money and she would make said donation…all t benefit from tax) and there you go…a director and a author make stupid statements to say your cast is brilliant.

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  • Sansa Squad

    whether you believe he’s guilty or not, johnny depp is simply not a good enough actor to be worth this headache. to daniel’s point, people have been fired from these movies for far less, and it’s frustrating that depp gets treated differently just because of his level of fame.

  • Sansa Squad

    because as we’ve seen with the #metoo movement, powerful men (especially in hollywood) have gotten away with things like this forever. I’m not saying she’s innocent/unworthy of criticism but we’ve reached a cultural breaking point where people are fed up with the all-too-familiar narrative of a famous, well-connected man getting away with abuse 1) because people don’t WANT to believe it and 2) by smearing the reputation of his victim. (even if said “smearing” is factual/warranted, it still doesn’t prove *his* innocence.) whether or not her allegations are true, I think anyone can see that they were obv two volatile people in a toxic relationship, but the power imbalance that existed because of his gender, age, level of fame, etc. complicates the issue and makes her more sympathetic in this specific case.

  • Sansa Squad

    I wish JK/David Yates/Warner Bros. would just admit that they’re keeping him on because Harry Potter audiences proved they didn’t care one way or the other when they all paid to see the first movie. It’s about the bottom line, and if Depp’s presence doesn’t hurt their box office returns, they don’t give a sh*t. Frankly I think it’s rich that JK Rowling pretends she’s weighed this soooo carefully and she ~knows more~ than we do so we should all trust her judgment, when it didn’t bother her one bit that Gary Oldman (who “allegedly” beat the shit out of his ex-wife in front of their children in 2001) played Sirius Black in SEVERAL Harry Potter movies after that and no one cared.

  • Sansa Squad

    It’s probably also worth noting that even though she was arrested the prosecutor ultimately decided not to pursue the case. Neither of these instances are cut-and-dry.

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  • cafeast

    You are defending every single monstrous man. I am not the one who will destroy the likes of Franco, but Depp? Woody? Are you really this needy of a cock that you lionize and relentlessly defend even a child molester? Woody Allen is not even considered a man where I come from. He is a spineless animal looking weasel. Buy a 12 inch dildo, hoe, if there is no one willing to stick it in you.

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  • Sharis

    I did. Those witnesses also. But they were ready to testify under oath that she wore none.

  • 777

    There are also people saying they did see her with bruises. So it’s not just he said, she said, its also his friends said, her friends said.

  • Sansa Squad

    Lol

  • FlakesofSunlite

    WB should have gone with their’s, JK Rowling’s, (and Hermione’s) first choice, Francois Arnaud.

  • akemi

    She was arrested for (a police officer witnessed) assault on Tasya van Ree at SeaTac Airport in Washington State. The reason she was let go is because she was from out of state.

  • Sansa Squad

    That sounds fake but okay

  • ShellBell

    IIRC, the reason it was dropped was because the girlfriend didn’t want to press charges but there were still witnesses who saw her do it.

  • ShellBell

    He’s part of the old school kind of acting from guys that appeared in the 80s. He’s a capable perfomer,no one is denying that but he got by a lot on his looks too.

  • akemi

    Why take my word for it when you can google it and get the truth via publicly available court documents? You are interested in the truth, no? Good luck.

  • Kirchner

    Why?