Australia’s deputy PM Barnaby Joyce said that he is “pulling strings” in Johnny Depp’s head after the actor called him an “inbred tomato”.
Depp made the tomato comments to talk-showhost Jimmy Kimmel.It comes after Depp and wife Amber Heard were forced to issue an unusual video apology after she illegally brought two dogs into Australia.
Ms Heard avoided a conviction afterappearingin an Australian courtlast month.Depp told Kimmel the “inbred tomato” comment was not a criticism, but said without explaining further that he was afraid the politician might “explode”.
Asked whether he had watched the video apology which was latermocked by Mr Joyce Depp said
“no, because I didn’t want to kill myself”.
Mr Joyce responded to the actor’s comments by saying:
“I’m turning into Johnny Depp’s Hannibal Lecter”.
“I’m inside his head, I’m pulling little strings, pulling little levers,”
Mr Joyce told the BBC through a spokesman.
“Long after I’d forgotten about Mr Depp he’s remembering me.”
“The Australian people know we did the right thing.”
When the dogs, named Pistol and Boo, where discovered last year Mr Joyce – who was then Australia’s agriculture minister – said they should
“bugger off back to the United States”.
He also said they could be killed.
The dogs were quickly taken out of the country and Ms Heard vowed never to return to Australia.
Australia’s tough quarantine laws are designed to keep disease at bay.
Dogs entering from the US must spend 10 days in quarantine.