Amber Heard recently stated that Mera’s role in the script of Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom was “pared down” to the point where she was nearly cut from the film. Head of DC Films Walter Hamada refuted this claim and stated that Mera’s role was not “pared down” to the point where she was nearly cut from the film.
Hamada denied what Heard said under oath in the videotaped deposition that was played in Johnny Depp’s defence during the defamation trial on Tuesday. Additionally, Hamada revealed an important plot point during the testimony.
He explained that the film is about the relationship between Arthur (Jason Momoa) and his estranged brother Orm (Patrick Wilson), and that Heard’s role in the film was not reduced, while referring to Aquaman 2 as a “buddy comedy.”
Hamada explained in a nutshell what happened, saying, “Besides the role in the film that she has was determined in the early development of the script, which would have happened in 2018, I would say.” From that point on, beyond the bounds of normal development, the character’s involvement in the story was more or less the same as it had been from the start.
After that, the question “Was her role ever reduced, and if so, for what reason?” was posed to him.
The response that Hamada gave was, “No, I mean, again, from the very early stages of the development of the script, the movie was built around the character of Arthur and the character of Orm.” Due to the fact that Jason Momoa plays Arthur and Patrick Wilson plays Orm, the two actors have always been considered to be the film’s co-leads.
On the other hand, he would confirm issues he had with Jason Momoa and Heard’s chemistry. These issues led to discussions within the studio to see if she could be replaced, which led to a delay in recasting Heard as Mera for the sequel. He would also confirm that he had issues with Jason Momoa and Heard’s chemistry.
“It was the concerns that were brought up at the wrap of the first movie, production of the first movie, which was the issue of chemistry, and it was at that time that the first movie was completed. Was there any kind of chemistry between them? he asked the jury.
He continued by saying, “I think editorially they were able to make that relationship work in the first movie, but there was a concern that it took a lot of effort to get there.” “I think editorially they were able to make that relationship work in the first movie,” he said. “And do you think it would be better for us to recast, find someone who had more natural chemistry with Jason Momoa, and then proceed in that manner?”
After some time had passed, Hamada revealed that their chemistry in the first film was an illusion created by the editing and the music. He explained, “You can sort of fabricate that chemistry.”
“I believe that if you watch the movie, it will appear as though they have great chemistry; however, I just know that throughout the course of the post-production process, it took a lot of effort to get there. Sometimes you don’t. Sometimes it’s very easy, you just put the characters on the screen together, and they work, and other times it’s a lot more difficult,” he explained further.
Last week, Heard gave testimony that directly contradicted a significant portion of Hamada’s testimony. In her testimony, Heard claimed that she was gradually being removed from the script because it was constantly being rewritten.
In her words, “I was given a script and given new versions of the script that had taken away scenes that had action in it, that had depicted my character and another character fighting with one another – without giving away any spoilers.” “I was given a script and given new versions of the script that had taken away scenes that had action in it.”
They essentially eliminated a significant portion of my responsibilities. They failed to… They have just eliminated a significant number,” Heard added.
At the same time, Heard made the claim that Momoa and director James Wan fought to keep her in the sequel, and that she has about ten minutes of screen time overall.
Hamada testified that there was no problem with Heard’s behaviour on the set of the first film, which could be relevant to the question of whether or not this reduction was related to her behaviour. According to what he said, “My understanding is actually that the production went very smoothly.”
Even though she may not have caused any issues on the set of Aquaman and she did not get replaced in the Lost Kingdom, that hasn’t stopped the petition on Change.org to get Heard fired from surpassing 4.3 million signatures in support of the cause.
In the first ten days of 2019, the petition received an additional one million signatures, bringing the total to two million since the beginning of the trial. Regardless of who signs on, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will be released in 2023 with Amber Heard more or less in tact, although she will be reduced to a cameo role.