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DC Confirms: Amber Heard Had No Chemistry With Jason Momoa in Aquaman

Well, finally someone said it. 
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Amber Heard and Johnny Depp’s public defamation trial has made headlines left and right. Countless witnesses have taken to the stand during this highly publicized trial, bringing to light more disturbing details about Depp and Heard’s former relationship. However, the most high-profile witness to testify so far has been none other than Hollywood executive Walter Hamada, president of Warner Bros’ DC Films. 

Throughout the trial, Heard’s lawyers claimed that her conflict with Depp almost cost her the role of Mera in the DC film Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. However, Hamada testified that her job was in jeopardy for another reason entirely. 

According to Hamada, Heard was almost recast because of her lack of chemistry with lead actor Jason Momoa in the first Aquaman film. 

“It was the concerns that were brought up at the wrap of the first movie, which was the issue of chemistry. Did the two have the chemistry?” Hamada said. “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 and would we be better off recasting, finding someone who has better, more natural chemistry with Jason Momoa and move forward that way.”

The DC Films chief added that Arthur and Mera’s scenes in the first film were heavily edited in order to cover the lack of natural chemistry. 

“A good editor and a good filmmaker can pick the right takes, pick the right moments,” said Hamada.

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Hamada then said that Heard’s character was never meant to be a co-lead in the sequel film, which is in sharp contrast to Heard’s claims that her role had been reduced because of her issues with Depp.  

“The size of the role in the film that she has was determined in the early development of the script,” explained Hamada. “The movie was always pitched as a buddy comedy between Jason Momoa and Patrick Wilson.” 

Since the trial began, Heard's co-star Jason Momoa has stayed silent on the matter. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is expected to premiere worldwide on March 17, 2023. 

The DC Films exec will be only one of many high-profile witnesses in the Depp and Heard defamation trial. Up next is British supermodel and Johnny Depp’s ex-girlfriend, Kate Moss. 

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