Was Johnny Depp comparing himself to John Wilkes Booth when asking about an actor killing a president?
On Friday, CNN reported, the White House called Depp’s remarks “sad.”
“When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?”
Actor John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Abraham Lincoln in 1865, everyone replied.
But Depp evoked his own nemesis by fibbing about his own occupation.
“I want to clarify. I’m not an actor. I lie for a living. However, it’s been a while, and maybe it’s time.”
The 54-year-old Angeleno had prefaced his remarks by saying: “This is going to be in the press, and it will be horrible.”
“President Trump has condemned violence in all forms and it’s sad that others like Johnny Depp have not followed his lead. I hope that some of Mr. Depp’s colleagues will speak out against this type of rhetoric as strongly as they would if his comments were directed to a Democrat elected official.”
Secret Service staff assistant Shawn Holtzclaw told CNN the agency was aware of the remarks.
“For security reasons, we cannot discuss specifically nor in general terms the means and methods of how we perform our protective responsibilities,” said a statement from the Secret Service.
Later Friday, Depp changed his tune, telling People:
“I apologize for the bad joke I attempted last night in poor taste about President Trump. It did not come out as intended, and I intended no malice. I was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone.”
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