In 2013, Amber Heard worked on a movie with Billy Bob Thornton (and only worked, FYI) called London Fields. That was four years ago, and it still hasn’t been widely released yet, because things are a mess and they got messier.
According to Vulture, Amber is counter-suing the producer of London Fields, Christopher Hanley. Christopher originally dropped a $10 million lawsuit on Amber last year for “alleged breach of contract.” Christopher accused Amber of saying “fuck it” to her contractual obligations, like respecting the shooting script and failing to promote the film at the Toronto International Film Festival. Amber recently slapped back at Christopher by accusing him and his wife, Roberta Hanley, who wrote the script, of filming explicit nude scenes with her body double after she completed filming. And it wasn’t just to get a couple extra butt shots that were lost to Amber skipping out of filming early one day, either.
Amber’s counter-suit alleges that Christoper and Roberta – who she calls a “lascivious and sexploitive couple” – filmed several secret nude scenes, including an “explicit pornographic sex scene“, with her body double without her knowledge. Amber has a problem with that, because she had specific restrictions regarding nude scenes when she signed on to do the film and would have never agreed to the scenes in question. The body double footage was edited together in a way that makes it seem that the on-screen raunchiness is being performed by Amber herself. The nude scenes didn’t make it into the final cut of the film; instead, Christoper and Roberta saved them for a “producer’s cut” of London Fields.
This isn’t the first time Christopher and Roberta have been accused of sneakiness. London Fields was supposed to premiere at TIFF in 2015, but was pulled after the director, Mathew Cullen, filed a lawsuit against the Hanleys. Mathew Cullen accused them of “hijacking” the final cut of the film, like adding details like “incendiary imagery evoking 9/11 jumpers edited against pornography.” That’s the second mention of pornography in this story. I’m starting to think the Hanleys were under the impression they had signed on for a XXX feature about a London Bridge.
This situation is especially messy when you realize that Johnny Depp has a part in London Fields. You know a film is a disaster when the fact that two of its co-stars had an epic marriage meltdown, and that’s not even a subject on the table. Even Johnny is probably scratching his heads like, “Huh? How have I not been dragged into this drama yet?”