Johnny Depp’s ex-bodyguards are suing him too & wow, they have some stories

Johnny Depp and guests attend Shane MacGowan 60th

A few weeks ago, a Johnny Depp story did not get enough attention. Apparently, there are some big hearings and court-related appearances to be made in the lawsuit Depp brought against his ex-managers. Depp claimed his ex-managers stole tens of millions of dollars from him. The ex-managers sued him right back, and said that he’s been blowing through money like crazy for years now, but it got a lot worse around the time he married Amber Heard. Well, the story that didn’t get enough interest was that two different law firms dropped Johnny Depp as a client in the space of a month. The vibe I got was that A) the lawyers are worried they won’t get paid, B) the lawyers don’t believe Depp has a case and C) the lawyers think Depp is non compos mentis.

I think Depp still has a few other lawyers loitering around, and he’s going to need them, because he just got sued again. This time, two of his former bodyguards are suing him and man, do they have a story to tell:

Two of Johnny Depp’s former bodyguards are suing the “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor for unpaid wages and overtime — and they allege in court documents that they “were forced to protect [Depp] from himself” because of the star’s over-the-top behavior. The suit filed in California Superior Court marks just the latest legal woes for Depp. In the new civil suit, Eugene Arreola, a onetime LAPD detective, and Miguel Sanchez allege they were used as de facto chauffeurs and nannies for Depp’s family and were exposed to “illegal substances” by guarding the hard-partying actor.

In court papers filed Tuesday, Arreola and Sanchez allege that they protected Depp for years for a firm called Premier Group International — but that in 2016, they were hired as part of Depp’s in-house security team. Court papers allege, “In early 2016 Plaintiffs began to notice a stark change in Depp and the atmosphere on his Hollywood Hills compound. Depp began making sudden and drastic changes to his staff and management team, causing a significant financial crunch for everyone surrounding Depp, except for Depp himself,” but they accepted the “in-house” jobs because “Plaintiffs were loyal to Depp and his family and understanding of the financial hurricane Depp was in.”

Depp’s former security guards allege that once they began working for Depp directly, they noticed their paychecks were missing “overtime and rest pay,” and that from 2016 to 2018, neither received overtime or were given “meal and rest breaks as mandated by law” and were “misclassified as independent contractors when they were clearly hired as employees.”

According to the court documents: “Plaintiffs found themselves in situations that required more than what a bodyguard would be expected to do,” including being “constantly used as drivers, driving back and forth at Depp’s or his family’s beckoning.” The guards also allege that they “were asked repeatedly to drive vehicles that contained illegal substances” and “open containers” and “were asked to monitor unstable individuals in [Depp’s] life and entourage,” risking their own reputations.

Court documents claim that one guard became a de facto baby-sitter when “Sanchez, whose primary detail was the protection of Depp’s children, was more often than not the primary caretaker for Depp’s minor child,” and, “Worse yet, Sanchez was told to give into every whim of Depp’s children and worried he would lose his job if he did not comply with their demands.”

The court papers further state, “Often times Plaintiffs were forced to protect [Depp] from himself and his vices while in public, becoming caretakers for him. A[n] incident at a local nightclub involved Plaintiffs alerting Depp of illegal substances visible on his face and person while preventing onlookers from noticing Depp’s condition.” The court papers do not elaborate on what the alleged substance was.

The suit also claims that the two guards were “exposed to unsafe conditions and situations,” including an incident when Depp’s head of security accidentally shot himself in the leg “while playing with his weapon in a small control room on Johnny Depp’s property.” The guards add: “As a result of the toxic and dangerous work environment and the constant labor code violations of their employers, Plaintiffs were forced to leave their employment despite the fact that they enjoyed many of the people they worked with and have no ill will toward Johnny Depp.”

Arreola and Sanchez are seeking unpaid overtime, wages, meal and rest break compensation and penalties as well as attorney fees plus damages.

[From Page Six]

We knew it was bad. We’ve known it was bad for a while now. But it’s stark as hell when someone puts it all down in writing. Depp has been on a downward spiral for years: the alcohol abuse, the drugs, the physical abuse. Not even being there for his children. Blowing through millions of dollars and then accusing his managers of stealing it. Doing blow in nightclubs. Having guns in the house which the head of security “plays” with. All of this is just a recipe for a massive tragedy.

Johnny Depp and guests attend Shane MacGowan 60th

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  1. emma peel says:

    He’ll claim bankruptcy, then Hollywood will welcome him back with open arms and a huge paycheck.

    • Mia4s says:

      Honestly that depends. If these issues have not cost productions sufficiently distressing funds? They don’t care. If he’s found by his own children in a pool of vomit following an OD? Hollywood will still offer him big bucks. However, heaven forbid he cost a production too much money! He will be finished. Plus he’s not the box office draw he once was. His agents were wise to stick him in Fantastic Beasts where none of the actors really matter. He’s in a hit, even though it has nothing to do with him.

      • Savasana Lotus says:

        Wow. You nailed it. Bruckheimer sings his praises as though he’s this perfect person which doesn’t match what we see. He’s a commodity and perhaps this is part of the monster he’s created himself. Being a commodity kills artists.

      • Bridget says:

        And he was a total pain on the last Pirates movie. He’s reaching the point where he’s no longer a functioning addict, just an addict.

    • MagicalDay says:

      I come from the land of idolizing all things Hunter Thompson. Johnny is such a chameleon, I think he absorbed Hunter like a poltergeist. Sorry to say that, but Hunter was a wife abuser, animal abuser (tasered his Peacocks/cats) and was so angry at his recent young beautiful wife -that he called her on the phone (while she was at the gym) and told her to listen to the sound of his suicide. So yeah, Johnny, Hunter was NEVER “cool” and how’s it all working out???? I know this is an ugly thing to report, but enough already, with the sycophantic absorption of a demonic addict.

  2. lolamd says:

    My god what has happened to him. I remember skipping school with a friend to go see him at some event. This was during his 21 Jumpstreet tv show days. Now it is just so sad what has happened to him.

    • India Rose says:

      I always think of that, too! He was absolutely beautiful — but openly said he hated the idea of being a teen idol. He wanted to be An Actor. An Artist. He took oddball roles and pushed against fame. Too hard. That much isolation and money isn’t good for the soul.

      Did his mom die around the time his bodyguards are saying he started really slipping? That could be a factor, too.

      He was such a pleasure to watch in the early years. Authentically different and very cool. What a sad outcome.

      • lucy2 says:

        I was such a fan for a long time (I’m not anymore, AT ALL). He really had a good thing going for a while – artistic cred with a lot of his movies, and then big box office success with the Pirates franchise, and family life out of the spotlight in France.
        I don’t know what happened to him, but it seems like if he could make a bad decision, he did. What a waste.

        I’m glad Amber got her money to donate when she did (and got away from his abuse) – I feel bad for these guys suing him, I don’t know if they’ll get anything from him, unless he really starts selling off everything. It’s amazing and sad how someone can destroy themselves that thoroughly.

    • MagicalDay says:

      Read my post above- he’s trying to channel his idol and it’s an ugly downward spiral!

    • Marley31 says:

      OMG he looks bad. It seems as if he started going downhill after his break-up with Vanessa. Johnny Depp use to be so sexy. I usually don’t judge people because no one every stays or looks the same (unless you are a Kardashian) but he’s not even close clearly he needs some type of intervention. Wether it be for drugs or alcohol or something mentally or physically.

    • Marley31 says:

      OMG he looks bad. It seems as if he started going downhill after his break-up with Vanessa. Johnny Depp use to be so sexy. I usually don’t judge people because no one every stays or looks the same but he’s not even close clearly he needs some type of intervention. Wether it be for drugs or alcohol or something mentally or physically

  3. HK9 says:

    He looks like death warmed over.

  4. Molly says:

    Actually it all may end horribly. I am not joking. When you do drugs in youth there is still a small chance you may recover. But if you relapse in older age there’s pretty much no going back. Drug abuse combined with alcohol abuse at this age may very well kill him.

    • ValiantlyVarnished says:

      Unfortunately I agree. I think this whenever I see pics of him. He’s not a young man anymore and there’s only so much a 53 year-old’s heart and body can take.

      • starkiller says:

        Yep. I have multiple family members who had addiction issues with drugs and/or alcohol. None of them have made it past the age of 60. Their organs begin to fail at a certain point. I will be shocked if he lives another ten years.

  5. minx says:

    The Pirates franchise was his downfall. It gave him enough money to be lazy and lavish, which is a shame because he had talent.

    • ValiantlyVarnished says:

      I’ve always said this. He went against his own artistic ideology when he signed on for those films. I will never forget the the things he said when he was on the Actor’s Studio and he talked about not letting Hollywood “own” you. He sold out. And it shows in his work and in his life. He got used to the money and the power that came with it. I used to like Johnny Depp back in the day but I feel like he is a shadow of his former self not only as an actor but as a man. He was on a downward spiral many years ago and was able to pull himself out of it. I don’t think that will happen this time because he has no ine in his life telling him hard truths and Hollywood is looking the other way. And I believe everything Amber Heard has said about the abuse in their marriage. He has always been an angry individual and substance abuse only makes that worse.

      • AvaAdore says:

        Thank you Minx and ValiantlyVarnished! I’ve always said the same thing about him. He went 180 on his art and became another mega Hollywood millionaire with power and clout. He got lazy and with a lack of focus went all in on vices I’m certain he already indulged in.

    • Grinning mama bear says:

      Does anybody think that Cumberbatch sold out, too? I think it started when he voiced that dragon in Lord of the Rings and he expanded that voice-over into some kind of brilliant artistic piece of work. Then it was star wars and now Dr Strange. (Just naming the biggest). I haven’t seen Cumby doing any kind of interesting or somewhat artsy-challenging movies lately.

      • Molly says:

        Star Trek. Cumberbatch never was in Star Wars. But yeah I think he is thirsty for HW acclaim ATM. I thought he had some baity movie in the works about T.Edison, but it was postponed cause it was produced by Weinstein company.

      • lucy2 says:

        I imagine it’s really hard to turn down these big franchises and paychecks when they are being offered. I don’t blame anyone for taking them though, it’s a fickle business that is only dumping money into franchises right now, and you have to strike while the iron is hot.
        I am impressed with those who manage to balance those films with smaller artsy ones too though.

        Plus it’s easier for men to assume the artistic stuff will be waiting for them after they’ve spent a few years making their superhero franchise bucks.

    • Jussie says:

      He was already like that. He’s been an addict and an alcoholic since the 90’s, and he’s always been over-extended financially.

      In the 90’s he ‘invested’ in a bunch of clubs and restaurants purely so he could hang out and be messy without anyone bothering him. When he started doing that, he was only worth a couple of million on paper, so not nearly enough to support that kind of lifestyle long-term. At various points his wealthier actor friends bailed him out by buying out these ‘investments’ when he was desperate for cash.

      He started making more in the late 90’s, and he immediately bought quite a bit of real estate he could just barely afford. That ramped up when he met Vanessa and started a family.

      He blew his very first Pirates cheque on a private island and a yacht and hiring a very large staff, literally as soon as he got it. He got paid 10 million, but he immediately bought into the lifestyle of people worth hundreds of millions. At that point it was in no way a sure thing that he’d end up making that kind of money.

      Then when he did end up making that kind of money, he started living like an eccentric billionaire.

      This has always been his pattern. This time he’s just having to face the consequences.

      • Molly says:

        I read that one guy, River Phoenix, OD in one of the clubs Depp owned in 90s . The Viper Room was the name of that club I think.

      • holly hobby says:

        Yep River hung out with Johnny at that time. His brother and Martha Plimpton witnessed the OD.

  6. Bridget says:

    Johnny has always been his own worst enemy. Not smart enough to understand the difference between artistic and self-indulgent, but good looking enough that people were happily willing to overlook his faults. Add in the Pirates success and early addition accolades? That was a recipe for a bloated asshole on a multi-year bender.

  7. Ellie66 says:

    Damn he looks like death 💀 Use to love Johnny but what a asshole he is.

  8. still_sarah says:

    Kaiser : “The vibe I got was that A) the lawyers are worried they won’t get paid, B) the lawyers don’t believe Depp has a case and C) the lawyers think Depp is non combos mantis”.

    As a lawyer for 20+ years, I can give you one more reason : the client has the money, has a case and is not crazy but (D) he or she is just such big, immature, narcissistic PAIN IN THE ASS that he/she will make your life a living hell. The phone calls will never end, the stupid questions will end, the temper tantrums where you the lawyer are to blame for everything because YOU are so stupid – those will never end.

    This is why Trump is having so much trouble getting a lawyer. He is A, B, C and D.

    • Bridget says:

      It’s really the final point that I think is important. He’s developing a pattern of blaming everyone else for his poor choices. I would imagine that lawyers think twice about taking on a case of someone suing their representation, lest things go wrong and they themselves get sued.

      • lucy2 says:

        I very much agree. If they are a successful firm and don’t need the work, why on earth would they want to open themselves up to that trouble?

    • AMA1977 says:

      Yep. Married to a lawyer and he fires clients (or won’t take the case if they let the mask slip soon enough) if they’re that much trouble. This is a mess, and any decent firm/attorney doesn’t need Depp and his drama taking up 99% of their time and effort at the expense of other clients and their own sanity.

  9. Steph says:

    I just finished watching bojack horseman and this reminds so much of what happens in the series lol

  10. Mia4s says:

    I caught up on this story through twitter and man…his remaining fans are some scary deluded twits. It’s all a conspiracy to get poor sweet Johnny! 🙄 Grow up, your idol has fallen. Encourage him to seek help or get over it.

    Although I save my real disdain for everyone involved in the “Fantastic Beasts” movies. “Sure he’s in extreme distress and emotionally unstable, plus there’s major evidence he beat a woman, but hey his character is supposed to look terrible anyway! All good! Quiet on set”. Hollywood really is disgusting.

    • tealily says:

      I agree. I will never see that movie.

    • Cali says:

      I’m still in mourning over them casting him. It completely ruined it for me. I loved the goofy Pirates franchise, too, but can’t even watch them anymore because he repulses me so much.

  11. Hazel says:

    He is not looking well (I’m trying to be polite).

  12. Veronica S. says:

    I mean, he’s an asshole, but…there is something pitiful about this kind of spiral of self-destruction. Vanessa and was wise to get out while she could. Amber made the mistake of getting involved right when it got really bad from the sound of it and wound up paying the price of his addictions.

  13. Savasana Lotus says:

    These are the types of cases I litigate in Los Angeles. This case is known as a ‘wage and hour’ case and are exceedingly prevalent among domestic workers, drivers and security detail among the wealthy. It’s par for narcissistic, self-centered rich and famous to crap all over and underpay their employees. To use them for several cross-over jobs at a time. From what I gather, they worked for Depp for almost two years through an agency. That part will be tricky. Whichever company or individual paid them will pay the meal break and overtime retroactively along with penalties. They will literally calculate the hours and then they are paid a penalty for each day they were not paid for overtime for up to 30 days. This will be money they are entitled according to California Labor Code. However, being asked to drive or look after children while you are security pays no penalty and the case seems weak if they seek damages yet have “no ill will toward Depp”. What are their damages beyond wage and hour? Nada. That will add up and they will be paid but it’s no winfall. Regarding Depp, he seemed to fall apart and start using substances heavily again when it was revealed to him in 2016 that his house went into preforclosure and he was dangerously short of funds. Once the addiction progresses no one can help him unless he seeks it himself. He does have several great attorneys and forensic accounting specialists who wouldn’t waste their time on a loser case. I believe he was ripped off mostly because their counter-suit is so lame and weak. Motions based on behavior not law. He’s sure in a mess though. Better sober up and get to work. the irony of shorting employees while suing for being shorted is not lost here.

    • Chaine says:

      Interesting. I know someone who was a childcare worker for a celeb in the LA area. There would be times where instead of giving her a paycheck the celeb would give her her old clothes as if she was doing her some kind of favor and that would make up for not being able to make rent.

      • Savasana Lotus says:

        So sad. Well, she has a case. Technically, she could file with Dept of Industrial Relation Labor Commisioners Office for Wage Claim Adjudication, never hire a lawyer, and stay on the job. Then if she’s fired, she has a Retaliation case and would need a lawyer because CA is an at-will employment state. Either party can terminate the employer/employee relationship at any time so that would be their defense. It would not be hard to win retaliation in this circumstance though. So much evidence. Not being paid and the wage and hour claim with the DIR.

      • lucy2 says:

        Ugh that’s terrible. Pay employees money! The electric company and landlord will not accept second hand clothes as payment!
        I hope she got some sort of resolution for all that.

    • Mia4s says:

      “Depp for almost two years through an agency.”

      Great insight but as I recall that’s not the whole story. They worked for him through the agency and were apparently appropriately paid. Then Depp decided to cut out the middle man and hire them himself (likely looking to save on the agency percentage). So no, the unpaid wages and hours, etc. are Depp’s liability as the agency was gone by that time period.

      As for him actually being ripped off? Eh, we will see. In my experience two big law firms don’t dump a good case. Although as others have said it may be that he’s either not paying his invoices, or he’s just unbearable to work for.

      • Bridget says:

        YEP. There’s a reason why he tried to cut out the agency, he thought that it would be cheaper.

      • Anna says:

        Not sure about the characterization of the situation. The plaintiff/Depp’s suit began with Michelman & Robinson. Michelman is ok, but he went to Mannatt which is better. his attorney at Mannatt found him Brown Rudnick which specializes in white collar and governmental investigation cases. The Mandels (the money guys he is suing) are currently being investigated by the IRS, Justice Department and SEC . Since they counter-sued Depp, he needs attorneys in that specialty to unravel the probe and use the info in their defense of Depp in the counter-suit. This isn’t about unpaid bills or a clients tantrums. It’s about appropriate representation and he seems to have gotten good advice because Brown Rudnick is a stellar firm for his need.

      • Anna says:

        They are in court for a status conference on May 17th which will determine whether a Mandatory Settlement Conference is set. Their trial date is 8/15/18 which is close by so will likely be continued, because it appears that most parties have not been deposed. Interestingly, there was an Order by the judge who ruled on Depp’s Motion to Strike Allegations in The Mandel’s THIRD AMENDED COMPLAINT. I have half a mind to order it on the court website so I can see what the judge ruled on April 20, 2018. It’s six pages…were the allegations striken and the Mandel’s given leave to file a FOURTH AMENDED COMPLAINT? IMHO, these crooks are reaching for anything to countersue and so far doing miserably.

  14. Rocky says:

    Wow. Remember all those years he seemed ageless?

    • Sandra says:

      I was thinking the same thing! Keanu looks so young, and Johnny would too if he didn’t live the lifestyle that he does.

  15. Karma says:

    More posite press for fantastic beasts , jk Rowling deserves all the jokes karma can throw at her double standards

    • ValiantlyVarnished says:

      THIS. I’m still seethingly angry about JK and her hypocrisy. I think of everyone involved she’s the one I’m disgusted by the most because she herself was a victim of abuse and she’s a woman. I expect Hollywood males to cape for each other, but her?

      • Geekychick says:

        I am still soangry HP is my THE book and she was my idol while growing up. so much disappoiment with jk.

  16. tracking says:

    Hope all of his enablers will encourage him to get help. Watching an addict spiral down is painful.

  17. Reef says:

    I’m just shocked that this man is able to blow through so much money. He made 20 million upfront plus % of backend profits per movie on a billion dollar franchise for a decade. And he had millions before Pirates.

    • Savasana Lotus says:

      He better drop the extravagance and entourage. Each one of those houses he owns above Sunset, the entirety of N. Sweetzer it worth 10 MIL plus. He can live on that for the rest of his life. Too bad it’s the most greedy, depraved area of LA. Thus the overpriced, high demand for that area and Bird Streets next door. He should rent them out and go back to the simplicity of the French countryside (albeit simplicity above St. Tropez – another playground for the greedy)

  18. Beatrice says:

    Johnny idolizes Keith Richards and it seems he’s trying to emulate the younger partying excesses of his idol. He certainly is beginning to look like him. That said, for all his wild behavior, Keith always managed to stay one step short of the deep end as well as avoiding financial ruin. Too much money and too many sycophants spells disaster for someone like Depp.

  19. jferber says:

    Don’t EVER try to imitate Keith Richard in terms of drug intake. Everyone who has is dead, usually in their twenties. No one comes out of it alive EXCEPT Keith Richard. Consider it an unbreakable rule of nature.

    • joanne says:

      i wish i could like your post. Keith Richard is one of a kind.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Truth, even Keith Richards wonders why he is still alive after all the drugs he’s taken.

      • hogtowngooner says:

        I think he said in an interview once that he believes the reason he didn’t drop dead was because he always bought pharmaceutical-level drugs from the same people each and every time. He said he never bought off the street, which is often laced with other drugs and chemicals.

        But who knows, maybe he was high when he gave the interview!

    • lucy2 says:

      As we learned from Wayne and Garth, Keith can’t be killed by conventional weapons.

    • tealily says:

      And his other idol is Hunter S. Thompson. This doesn’t bode well…

  20. Max says:

    Wow the whole situation is pretty sad. Look at the man, he needs professional help! He’s been needing it for some time but it seems that it only gets worse and it will be no surprise if one morning we read THAT headline. The addictions have destroyed him.
    I always felt like the relapse started in the end of 2014, when he made that embarrassing TV appearance. Alcohol and drugs turned him into an a-hole and it seems that no one is helping him to get away from them but they either encourage or ignore it. Maybe WB will do something since he’s tied to their most profitable franchise..
    I feel like he wasn’t made for being the huge star that he was and that in the end, it’s what destroyed him.
    Also, in the lawsuit it is mentioned that Jack lives alone in another house, with a caretaker. Ok Johnny has problems so where the f is Vanessa? She’s the mother and she’s equally responsible. A minor living alone is unacceptable.

    • Savasana Lotus says:

      That’s what ran through my mind. I know he owns all of those houses on North Sweetzer above Sunset. Maybe Vanessa lives in one too or with Jack when she’s in LA which is now her primary domicile according to what I’ve read. Who knows.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      He’s always been an a$$hole, HW just covered it up. He almost didn’t have a movie career after he got such a bad rep when working on 21 Jump Street – he got fired from that show after a series of incidents, notably when he punched a director. He stopped getting offers as no one would work with him – he has talked about this in the past as he has thanked Tim Burton many times for giving him not only another chance but his movie career.

  21. Penelope says:

    I think Johnny was pretty much always disturbed and in need of mental health counseling/help, but youth and looks went far in his favor. Now he’s not so young and not so handsome, and all his bull**** is catching up with him. Don’t think he’s changed in any real significant way.

  22. Yawn says:

    But but… it’s all the “gold digger” Amber Heard’s fault I thought?

    Funny how years after she leaves him and his Depp-plotion comes tabloid fodder, all the stories about his drunken drug addicted issues are still surfacing… seems like that girl got out before he dragged her into his desperate hole.

  23. Cara says:

    I so wish he would get help. He is a dad and so talented!!

  24. jammypants says:

    He falls into a lot of cliches of the rise and fall of the Hollywood star.

  25. LOL says:

    So everybody is trying to manipulate and take advantage of this poor lost little boy, the world is so mean against a poor pirate.
    I hope Lindsay Lohan can give him some advice.

  26. Max says:

    I disagree that he has always been an a-hole. He always had issues and a temper yes. I used to be a huge fan as most of us here and you wouldn’t hear a bad word about the guy for a long period. I don’t believe that even HW has the power to hide a-holes that good and for such a long time. If he was a total a-hole for all of his life, tons of stories would have surfaced now that he’s been taken to court nonstop. Even Amber said that he changed during their relationship.
    Dang I don’t know why this appeared here but it’s a reply to a reply to my comment at No. 20

  27. Anastasia says:

    I think he self-medicates a lot of depression and anxiety issues. Is that a blunt hanging out of his mouth???

  28. mkyarwood says:

    If anyone cares to Save Johnny, now’s the time.

  29. Sarah says:

    WOW…he genuinely looks ill. He’s probably dropped 50 lbs since the last pics I saw of him- his face looks skeletal.

  30. indefatigable says:

    No more Hunter S Thompson for you.

  31. Emma says:

    I remember seeing him and his bodyguards at the Black Mass screening at the London Film Festival – it was notable that he was the only actor who had an entourage with him. I wondered why he felt he needed what looked like 4 bodyguards when no-one else had even one. By the sounds of it they were more like babysitters (for him as well as his kids) than bodyguards, though.

  32. Ginger says:

    My father was one of the NYPD cops that put the cuffs on Depp after he beat up Kate Moss at the Mark Hotel in 1994. They were both higher than kites and the room was TRASHED. Depp was put under arrest because the general rule in the department is ‘you arrest whichever one isn’t bleeding.’

    At booking, Depp told my father “You know, if we met somewhere else, you’d be asking for my autograph.”

    My dad replied, “You know what? When we’re done here, I still might.”

    He didn’t, LOL. Dad’s too professional. He’s a big fan of Depp’s performance in Donnie Brasco, though.

  33. SJhere says:

    Goodness me, I am shocked at his appearance in these pics.
    He is what age 53? Pale, grey shallow skin hanging off his face, eyes appear he is completely out of it. I think he is in serious trouble, the color of his skin makes me think he really needs to be under a proper medical Doctors care, soon as possible.

    Yeah, if he thinks being JD is gonna keep him alive while he continues to abuse his health, myself and many others over 50 can tell him…Wrong! After 50, best to really try to keep whatever amount of good health you have and stop the bad habits. Too bad, I do agree he was beautiful in his youth, and he did have acting talent. He has kids, ffs. Get help.

    Now, as for his money troubles….zero sympathy from me.
    I and most “everyday” people bust their butts to make a living and provide for their families. Wealthy celebrities with Millions who waste huge $$ are plain fools.

    My $.02, man the hot guys from my young days are going to hell in a hand basket.
    Depp, Cruise has been lost to CoS for decades, Val Kilmer is seriously ill, Swayze is gone, Charlie Sheen burnt out years ago and wasted his talent/chances/looks, Clooney has turned into a middle-aged stereotype, etc.

    Keanu stands alone, sadly. Dear Lord above protect our Keanu.
    I don’t know how Keanu keeps such a lid on his personal life, but I am glad he still seems to be enjoying his life and working on films again.

  34. kwill says:

    I imagine someone else above has already said this (there are a lot of comments, so I haven’t finished reading through all of them), but honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if he turned up deceased in the near future. Unless he gets immediate and comprehensive help or intervention, that’s one obvious conclusion this is all leading towards. Whether it’s accidental overdose, psychotic-episode-induced suicide, an accident (car/gunshot/etc.), or something else. I don’t wish that on anyone, and such an outcome would still be shocking and absolutely still warrant empathy. But just one of these behaviors is dangerous on its own. Juggling all of them at once is not going to end well.

  35. Sunny says:

    He is a textbook example “how drugs may screw up your life and career”.

    I remember he seemed to abandon booze and drugs while he was with Paradis and his kids were little. Now it seems he doesn’t have anything or anyone to hold him anymore and he’s back to his old ways. He looks terrible, his career is a mess. I don’t see how it may end in a good way, but I can forsee an obituary in the near future, unless he stops himself or somebody stops him.