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'Like a bad outtake from a Taken movie' - people are not impressed with Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's cringey apology video

Sasha Brady

Published 18/04/2016 | 13:16

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard issue an apology to the Australian government after failing to declare their dogs at customs in 2015. Photo: Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard issue an apology to the Australian government after failing to declare their dogs at customs in 2015. Photo: Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Johnny Depp and his actress wife Amber Heard have issued a bizarre and cringey apology to the Australian government after they were reprimanded for failing to declare their dogs at customs when entering the country last year.

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The couple released a video apology which was shown in court and made public by the Department of Agriculture.

In the bizarre clip, the pair issue a grovelling apology and advise customers to respect the Australian quarantine laws.

The surreal, sombre mood of the clip is probably a result of Depp and Heard's frustration at the long and drawn-out court proceedings that followed their dogs being "outed".

The video apology is shot from an unflattering angle and the couple appear sullen and slumped. Even the delivery is disjointed and monotone.

It's been a year to the date when Amber Heard flew to Brisbane, Australia with the couples' terriers - Pistol and Boo - and failed to declare them at customs.

The dogs were "outed" by a grooming salon when they were brought in for a sprucing up, thus embroiling Heard and Depp in a long, drawn-out battle with the courts in what was dubbed Australia's War on Terrier.

They were also engaged in a war of words with then-deputy prime minister, Barnaby Joyce, warned the pair that the dogs must "bugger off" to California or risk being put down.

Depp fired back referring to Mr Joyce as some kind of "sweaty, big-gutted man from Australia".

The court proceedings were much more civil and in the end Heard had the charges of illegally importing animals dropped, but pleaded guilty to the charges of making a false customs declaration.

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