Why was Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s war on terrier video so bad?

If you haven’t read the international pet news lately, you may have missed that Johnny Depp and his wife Amber Heard had a bit of a ruff time recently with the Australian immigration office. Flying in on a private jet to visit her husband during the filming of Depp’s latest film, Heard failed to declare her two puppies Boo and Pistol. The Aussies were soon up in arms over the incident – known locally as the “ war on terrier ” – and the celebrity couple have been hounded by the press ever since. The canine court case finally came to a close yesterday: Heard was spared the doghouse, but she and her husband had to issue an apology video first…

And the video is hilarious. Talk shows, bloggers, and new outlets quickly made their own satires of the video – some of which have gone just as viral as the original itself (or, as some Australians are apparently saying, it’s “going off like a frog in a sock”). On eva, we see quite a few videos, and we think we are probably able to judge what makes them good and bad. So how could have Heard and Depp made their war on terrier video just a bit better?

Show us those acting chops Johnny!

While both celebrities were obviously being kept on tight leashes, Depp’s stony faced delivery of his lines had us howling. You wouldn’t be wrong if you thought that the actor thought the whole thing was ridiculous – but as an award-winning actor you’d think that Depp could still dig up a bit more emotion. Surely it can’t be more silly to shoot than Alice in Wonderland. And can we talk about his mumbling as well?

Hire a better scriptwriter

Where’s the drama?! Where’s the tension?! Is it the writer’s strike all over again? Whomever penned the script for this war on terrier production should be thrown to the wolves. Heard and Depp’s lines were all over the place, and definitely could have done with a bit of editing down. Though we have to admit that bit about Australians talking smack was pure genius!

At the end of the day, although we admire their dogged determination to sort things out with the authorities, this video was certainly barking up the wrong tree…

(Ed. enough with the dog puns now)

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