Following allegations of domestic abuse against Johnny Depp, author J.K. Rowling has admitted the possibility of recasting the actor in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Yet, at the end of the day, Rowling defended keeping him in the film. In response, Amber Heard pointed that Rowling picked “certain lines” of her joint divorce announcement with Depp in a way that suggested one party was not telling the truth. Daniel Radcliffe has now been asked to take on Depp’s casting, which is certainly an uncomfortable issue to tackle.

The Harry Potter actor talked about the subject with an uneasy response with Entertainment Weekly. Radcliffe called this a “hard thing” for him to discuss, given the film’s producers “gave me a great start in life and an amazing job.” That said, he still understands why people are upset.

“I can see why people are frustrated with the response that they were given from that … I’m not saying anything that anybody hasn’t already said — and this is a weird analogy to draw — [but] in the NFL, there are lots of players arrested for smoking weed and there is other people’s behavior that goes way beyond that and it’s tolerated because they’re very famous players. I suppose the thing I was struck by was, we did have a guy who was reprimanded for weed on the [original Potter] film, essentially, so obviously what Johnny has been accused of is much greater than that.”

Radcliffe gave a diplomatic answer, considering the circumstances. It is important to note that actor Jamie Waylett was dropped from the final two Potter films after his arrest for growing marijuana.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hit theaters on November 16.


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