The Walt Disney Company is reportedly banning all of their Disney-owned ABC-TV affiliates from talking to Johnny Depp about his new non-Disney movie, 'The Rum Diary,' an R-rated, Hunter S. Thompson adaptation about a journalist going up against a real estate developer in Puerto Rico.
A clause in Depp’s 'Pirates of the Caribbean' contract disallowed their affiliates from talking to the actor or even videotaping him at the movie’s Austin Film Festival premiere.
KVUE reporter Shelton Green (video below) made the contract the focal point of his Film Festival report. Reporting from down the street away from the premiere and with his cameraman zooming in on the mob surrounding Depp in the distance, Green explained the situation.
“We came here expecting to talk to one of the biggest names in Hollywood, but apparently, Disney doesn’t want Johnny Depp’s new movie premiering here at the Paramount (Theatre) to get more exposure than his new Pirates of the Caribbean movie. So, they wouldn’t allow us to interview him nor would they even allow us to get video of him.”